what i read, and what i don’t… wed, 14 march 2007:U.S. President George Bush said at the Pentagon U.S. troops will stay in Iraq until “the job is done”
On Wednesday, 13 December 2007, I read that . U.S. President George Bush said at the Pentagon U.S. troops will stay in Iraq until “the job is done” and Iraq is democratic and stable.
“We’re not going to give up,” Bush said in a Wednesday news conference. “The stakes are too high and the consequences too grave to turn Iraq over to extremists who want to do the American people and the Iraqi people harm.”
The president said he would not be “rushed” into changing his strategy for Iraq.
“I also want the new secretary of Defense to have time to evaluate the situation, so he can provide serious and deliberate advice to me,” Bush said.
Bush also said he thought the military alone could not resolve the Iraq crisis.
“Our military needs a political strategy that is effective,” he said.
Bush pledged to work with the new, Democratic-controlled Congress on Iraq, but said leaving Iraq too soon would hand that country over to “an enemy that would do us harm,” which he said was demonstrated Sept. 11, 2001.
On Thursday, 1 March 2007, I read, that a U.S. Marine, perhaps the first American wounded in the Iraq war, is still fighting a private battle — for all gays in the military.
But, it wasn’t until Wednesday, when CNN reported. that he revealed to the rest of the world at a Washington news conference that he was a homosexual.
He now hopes to use his celebrity status in a campaign for gays and lesbians right to serve openly in the military, to hasten an end to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy under which revelation usually means immediate discharge.
Alva said he fought for his country and for its people — “not just some of them, but all of them.”
U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass., has reintroduced a bill to lift the ban.
On Wednesday, 24 March 2007, I read that as wars in Afghanistan and Iraq challenge U.S. military recruiters, the number of gays and lesbians being discharged is falling, The Washington Post reported that conform Pentagon data, 1,227 homosexuals were dismissed from the forces in 2001, but in 2006, only 612 gays.
As census-based research by the Williams Institute at the University of at Los Angeles suggests there are as many as 65,000 homosexuals and lesbians enlisted in the U.S. Forces, Steve Ralls, a spokesman for the non-profit Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, says: “It is hypocritical that the Pentagon seems to retain gay and lesbian service members when they need them most and fires them when it believes they are expendable.”
In 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” in which gay soldiers must keep their sexual orientation private and ovoid homosexual acts, while also forbidding their commanders from asking about it.
Some 10,870 military personnel have been discharged under provisions of the act, the report said.
One Day before, on Tuesday, 13 March 2007, I read that the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace said homosexuality in the military is just as immoral as adultery among soldiers.
He made that remark Monday in an editorial meeting with the Chicago Tribune, “As an individual, I would not want (acceptance of gay behavior) to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else’s wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior,” or so Pace said.