Once again last night I was subjected to more of disgraced retired Colonel Allen West who is campaigning to be elected to Florida's 22nd Congressional District. West was asked by the moderator to explain why he supports the military's discriminatory policy against gays in the military.
This is third occasion where I heard West respond to gays in the military. Each time West opens his mouth to respond to the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", it sounds like a overflowing toilet spewing hatred, homophobia and fear-mongering. In the video after the jump, West explains that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as a prime example of one of his concerns,
"We open ourselves to very tumultuous things happen in the barracks."
Also after the jump is a response by a prominent gay Republican veteran on West's prior response.
Not sure if you ever served in the military but West is off tack about kicking out people for hair cuts, adultery, etc. etc., etc. so quickly especially in time of war. Did you ask him how many men he investigated for having sex outside of marriage and then discharged them from a combat zone? I guess he was a virgin when he got married and never had sex other than a married man and only with his wife. Anything is possible not not always that likely.
Col. West must be oblivious to sex in the military with regard to this statement and kicking out service personnel on the basis of say adultery. Please remember it wasn't the gays who left hundreds upon thousands of unwed mothers and fatherless children behind when Johnny Came Marching home to wife, church, job, family, friends, children, community, etc., etc.
On my last blog, a dear friend, US Coast Guard Veteran Mark LaFontaine responded with:
Alan West is an uneducated individual who is has extreme views about what America should be.
As a veteran, myself, and someone who was witch hunted, imprisoned, tortured and abused at the hands of people like Mr. West, I can tell you that he is a disgrace to the uniform.
GLBT veterans have served admirably throughout our nations history and for this man to promote, not only the DADT policy, but that he would support going back to the policy before DADT in which tens of thousands of GLBT veterans have suffered under, only underscores the need to drum him out of politics all together.
The man is no decorated war hero, he is a war criminal, a bully and a coward.
Please excuse the quality of video, on limited resources, activists use the tools accessible to them.