When Weakness Is Strength
According to the New York Times, the US military discharged 10% more people in 2005 than in 2004. For being gay. This at a time when morale is at a low ebb, both in Iraq and at home.
Andrew Sullivan focused on the administration's preposterous purge of homosexual Arabic linguists on Monday, and asked this pertinent question: "How Serious Is Bush About The War?"
When a president allows the dismissal of people absolutely vital to the war effort (there is a critical shortage of linguists in the military—more so thanks to this stupid policy) to kowtow to the bigotry and homophobia of the Republican base, the answer is obvious: Not very.
For all the nonsense that Bush talks about being strong and making hard decisions (he's "The Decider", after all), you'd think he would take a tough stance on measurably weakening the armed forces during war time. You'd be wrong. And we're all worse off for it.