For some reason the Missouri State Senate was debating the pros and cons of ending the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. I’m pretty sure the state senate couldn’t really do anything one way or another about a policy of the national military except for maybe limiting the number of state National Guard troops in Missouri or by passing nonbinding resolutions. So this is probably just a way for local politicians to cater to one or another demographic and they’re using this issue as a way of campaigning, even though it’s ultimately meaningless to their actual jobs.
Gary Nodler, a Republican state senator from some place called Joplin made a pretty revealing point. Both al Qaeda and his fellow Republicans would be VERY OFFENDED if we allowed the gays to serve openly in the military, and this would make our enemies RetardStrong and therefore put our troops in great danger. The reporter of this story doesn’t directly quote Nodler, but here is his paraphrase of his position:
“Nodler’s argument: The Muslim nations of Iraq and Afghanistan, where America is fighting two wars, are opposed to homosexuality. Changing “Don’t ask, don’t tell” would offend the terrorists in such a way that could put soldiers — and America — at risk of further terrorist attacks.”
If this is Nodler’s argument, there’s no reason it can’t be extended even further. For instance, al Qaeda is offended that our military doesn’t only allow Muslims in it. Therefore we should force all soldiers to convert to Islam because if we don’t it might offend the terrorists and motivate them to attack us. Maybe we should make women wear burqas while we’re at it so it doesn’t offend terrorists. If only we were to just appease them totally, this war could be over. Appeasement always works, right?