Bil Browning

Rachel Maddow on Pentagon's comic book

Filed By Bil Browning | July 15, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: comic books, Don't Ask Don't Tell, gay soldiers, Rachel Maddow, United States Army

The US Army published a comic book in 2001 meant to teach soldiers and officers the finer details about Don't Ask Don't Tell. The unintentionally hysterical work of great literature includes three "stories" to illustrate the "Homosexual Conduct Policy" in an extremely confusing way.

Last night Rachel Maddow took aim at the Army's full color, 30 page toon with a re-enactment of the comic's more inspirational sections.

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Love Rachel's presentational style.

It seems so ridculous that the military spends so much time, effort and money on the DADT policy.

Let LGBT service members serve openly, it will make their lives easier and spend the money where is counts - getting our soldiers the gear they need to be safe in their valiant efforts.

A. J. Lopp | July 15, 2010 2:08 PM

Something we rarely discuss about DADT is the lack of confidentiality in a servicemember's relationship with her or his military chaplain, psychiatrist, or mental health worker --- I find it ludicrous that mental health providers do not respect the policy of client confidentiality, a policy that is foundational and sacrosanct in the civilian world.

Amazingly, if you tell the military shrink you prefer your own gender, that is considered a violation of DADT and the shrink makes a report to the CO, which in turn is likely to result in discharge proceedings.

Obviously, the servicemember is left to deal with any difficulties regarding DADT entirely on his or her own. Thankfully, many straight servicemembers will accept an identified "DADT case" without causing a stir. But even in such a positive instance as this, DADT makes that person's sexual orientation "the elephant in the living room" that no one is allowed to mention.

Sounds almost as dysfunctional as the family I grew up in.

P.S. In the movie "Antoine Fisher" Denzel Washington plays a navy psychiatrist, and in one scene Antione (Derek Luke)implies some of his peer servicemembers might suspect he's gay. Washington's character replies, "Well, are you?"

Antione isn't and says so ... yet in this scene the psychiatrist clearly violates DADT. I find it almost impossible to imagine that there were no military consultants associated with the movie to point this out --- and since Denzel was not only an actor in the movie but also the movie's director, I expect if anyone should be held accountable for this gaff, it would be him.

Sure, I should get over it ... but the dishonesty of putting that in a modern movie irks me to this day.

Actually AJ, I've sat in a military shrinks office (hormonal issues can led to sleeping issues and if you have PTSD, can lead to some major issues putting you in a shrinks office) and yes they will ask if your gay.

Having done 20 years in the military, its quite normal to asked if your gay.

The way DADT works is that it is only a tool to keep Gays and Lesbians 'down'. No one gets kicked out because they Asked or Harassed or Pursued...or assulted or worse. Only Gays and Lesbians get kicked out.

A. J. Lopp | July 16, 2010 11:06 AM

I truly appreciate your response, Gina, and I fear you are exactly correct. And obviously, you were there personally and I wasn't.

Great post, Bil!

It reminds me of the brilliant documentary "Before Stonewall." There's a female officer describing her conversation with Eisenhower I believe. She is some sort of batallion commander of WAC and he tells her that he has heard that there are lesbians in WAC and he wants her to make a list of women to discharge. She says "If it serves the General I am happy to make that list, but you must know sir, that the first name on that list will be mine and that you will find the names of some of your best officers on that list." She goes on to rank positions and roles. In the end he tells her not to bother illustrating that there is power in numbers and that as more people come out and challenge Dont Ask Dont Tell eventually the military will want to stop losing some of its best and brightest.

Since Obama took office 916 servicemembers have been discharged under don't tell. What a shame!

Thousands of unemployed comic book artists, and they get whoever this dweeb was. Yikes.