Faithful reader Andrew has alerted me to the following mind-blowing news story:
“A former top U.S. and NATO commander [that would be retired U.S. Marine General John Sheehan, who was the top NATO commander in the mid-1990s, a.k.a. "the years in which NATO had some stuff to do in some former Yugoslavian places"] says the Netherlands’ inclusion of gays in their military rendered Dutch peacekeeping troops unable to prevent the slaughter of thousands of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.
He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military would breed friction and undermine unit cohesion in the armed forces. Asked by Senator Carl Levin whether other nations, like Britain and Israel, had suffered as a result of ending their nation’s bans on gay military service, the general said “yes.”
Sheehan pointed to the Netherlands, which he said embarked on a process of social engineering in the Dutch military once the Cold War ended. “They declared a peace dividend and made a conscious effort to socialize their military. It included open homosexuality. That led to a force that was ill-equipped to go to war,” he said.”
Gosh, ill-equipped to go to war? I wonder what he means by that?
“Linking the massacre to the Netherlands allowing gays in the military prompted this exchange with Senator Levin, who seemed perplexed by Sheehan’s assertion.
SHEEHAN: “That [Srebrenica] was the largest massacre in Europe since World War II.”
LEVIN: “And did the Dutch leaders tell you it was because there were gay soldiers there?”
SHEEHAN: “It was a combination …”
LEVIN: “Did they tell you [that gay soldiers were to blame], that is my question.”
LEVIN: “They did?”
SHEEHAN: “They included that as part of the problem.”
I have not yet been able to find further excerpts from Sheehan’s testimony, but I’m just going to go ahead and assume that it went on something like this:
LEVIN: “You have GOT to be kidding me.”
SHEEHAN: “True story. Swear to God.”
LEVIN: “Are you quite certain that you reached the rank of general in the United States armed forces before retirement?”
SHEEHAN:”Last time I checked. Why?”
LEVIN: “And you believe that proximity to gays was a factor in the Srebrenica massacre?”
SHEEHAN: “Yup. Weren’t you listening a minute ago?”
LEVIN: “I’m sorry, does the United States military also have a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy with regard to morons?”