Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gov. Barbour Would Restore DADT To Avoid "Amorous Mindset" Under Fire

In a radio interview, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi (R) told Bryan Fischer, “director of issues analysis” for the conservative American Family Association, that he’d restore “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy that threw out more than 14,000 gay military personnel since 1993 before being repealed last December. According to Barbour, a potential Republican presidential candidate, the repeal means that soldiers under fire might be distracted by an "amorous mindset." Listen:

BARBOUR: When you're under fire, and people are living and dying on split-second decisions, you don't need any kind of amorous mindset that can affect saving people's lives and killing bad guys. You look at the data and it is the foot-soldier, it is the person who is out there, boots on the ground, who is most against this. And it's because they live or die with this. And that's who we ought to be listening to, that's who we ought to be caring about, and that's why I am against it. I think it ought to be rolled back.

According to a Pentagon study issued before repeal, the majority of those in uniform supported ending the ban. Barbour is joined by potential Republican presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee in wanting to restore "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." (h/t TPM)


J.R. said...

An amorous mindset while under fire? This bozo has got to be using Mississippi mud for brains.

Speaking from experience, when bullets are flying and stuff is exploding around you the last thing going through your mind is - "Gosh, Sarge really has a cute butt."

Even if she does, that has never seemed relevant under the circumstances.

Jeff Tone said...

Thanks, J.R. I suspected that was the case, but it's good to get your testimony! In the case of Barbour, he is not speaking from direct experience.

stratusmonkey said...

Well, if the infantry only supported repeal two-to-one and the navy supply corps supported repeal at one hundred percent, et c., he's technically right that combat units show the most opposition.

The only branch of service to actually oppose repeal by a majority was the Marine Corps and they all count as combat personnel. That's got to push Barbour's numbers over just a little.

Davin said...

Perhaps if someone had an amorous feeling toward a fellow soldier, he'd want to protect that soldier.
Would my amorous feelings toward my wife prevent me from responding if someone were breaking into my house?

In addition, mental attitudes and feelings like concentration and courage can be enhanced through training. People can learn to focus in situations of great import, for example, those in which their lives are in danger.

The concern about amorous feelings interfering with readiness for combat is, to put it simply, baloney.