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Sen. Inhofe Says Military Won’t Fight For Gay Comrades

Jim Burroway

May 13th, 2010

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told American Family Association Radio yesterday revealed his abysmally low opinion of the men and women serving our our Armed Forces. In an interview with Bryan Fischer, Inhofe said that the men and women aren’t serving “for the flag or the country, [they're] doing it for the guy in the next foxhole.” And he declared those men and women too bigoted to protect “the guy in the next foxhole” if they knew he was gay.

Inhofe and Fischer were discussing Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and they both agreed that her nomination should be “resisted with every weapon at our disposal,” citing her opposition to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:

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Fischer: Well, and Sen. Inhofe, I commend you for coming out so quickly because I do believe that this is a nomination that needs to be resisted with every weapon at our disposal, and I appreciate you centering on her attitude toward military recruitment on college campuses… [edit]

Inhofe: For those of us -— and I’m one of them —- who have gone through the military, gone through basic training, and you stop and think —- it just doesn’t make any sense. First of all, it’d be very expensive. Secondly, it’s just not working. You have women, men, then you have a third group to deal with, and they’re not equipped to do that.

And you know — you hear the stories all the time. A military guy — I happen to be Army, and Army and Marines always feel that when we’re out there, we’re not doing it for the flag or the country; we’re doing it for the guy in the next foxhole. And that would dramatically change that.

A December 2006 Zogby poll found that 73% were very comfortable in the presence of gays and lesbians, and only 27% believed that DADT’s repeal would have a negative impact on unit morale. Those serving in today’s armed forces work with much greater integrity and professionalism than Inhofe did, if indeed that was his attitude when he was in the military. Inhofe owes our men and women an apology.

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johnathan
May 14th, 2010 | LINK

“INHOFE: You have women, men, then you have a third group to deal with, …”

What the hell? So, according to Inhofe, gays and lesbians in the military aren’t women or men. What are they, some gender-f**k hybrids? Just because they aren’t straight doesn’t mean they are a “third gender.”

I believe Senator Inhofe might be those Children Left Behind (under NCLB) who slept in class or whose parents didn’t provide a stable home environment for education.

Time to re-enroll in biology class, Senator.

Ben Mathis
May 14th, 2010 | LINK

All the most bigoted politicians seem to come from OK

DN
May 14th, 2010 | LINK

I love when anti-gays say things like this in public, because I’m optimistic that over-the-top ridiculous statements like this higlight the stupidity of being anti-gay and reduce their side’s credibility.

Paul in Canada
May 14th, 2010 | LINK

Head. Sand. Buried (deep!).

JimInMa
May 14th, 2010 | LINK

When California took away our rights, it was pandering to a “moral” majority. The military believes it’s good enough to pander to a minority of service members. What would happen if one person spoke up against non-whites in the military? Oh yeah – nothing, because that would be bigoted.
It just proves how two-faced and backstabbing American people really are at heart.

Swampfox
May 14th, 2010 | LINK

Of course the Senator holds all the gays and lesbians that work in the Capitol Building in highest esteem.

Candace
May 14th, 2010 | LINK

Eh, Inhofe is only speaking for himself. I’m sure American soldiers and sailors don’t share his warped, pandering-to-the-teabaggers 1950′s-style bigotry.

When it finally dawns on him that teabaggers don’t give a damn about the “culture wars,” watch how fast he switches his public opinions.

Dinosaur, and hopefully will become extinct just as fast.

Burr
May 14th, 2010 | LINK

I bet if you did a poll, a lot fewer would be willing to fight for bigoted comrades.

Karen
May 15th, 2010 | LINK

I live in Oklahoma and we have a few very progressive people in the legislature, but none in the Congressional delegation.

Inhofe has claimed there has never been a gay person in his family. We are just waiting for the closet to open because I don’t know of any family that does not have a gay member.

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