Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick
U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff
Those serving who oppose the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) agenda are no longer welcome.
Those were the views of Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, the Army's deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel matters who spoke about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" before several hundred troops at the European Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. "Unfortunately, we have a minority of service members who are still racists and bigoted and you will never be able to get rid of all of them," Lt. Gen. Bostick said. "But these people opposing this new policy will need to get with the program, and if they can't, they need to get out. No matter how much training and education of those in opposition, you're always going to have those that oppose this on moral and religious grounds just like you still have racists today."
That editorial became controversial. "Washington Times stands by general's quote - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com":
An Army General is denying a quote which, attributed to him, drew a denunciation in the Washington Times today — but the paper, which won't reveal its source, stands by the quote.
But the Department of Defense just sent reporters a statement from Bostick denying the remarks:
The statements attributed to me are inaccurate. I simply did not make those statements. Moreover, as a member of the Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group, I have been extremely careful not to express any views that might influence the integrity of the comprehensive review. I therefore have not expressed any opinions that might suppress the opinions of anyone participating in our discussions. I find the statements falsely attributed to me to be personally reprehensible.
Washington Times editorial page editor Brett Decker stands by the quote:
"He either forgot what he said, is confused, or is lying," he said, saying that his source for the quote is "a member of the military who was there" and that they had multiple sources.
He said he wouldn't reveal the source for fear of retribution, as the event was off the record. He said the Army's media relations office had fished for the origin of the quote but hadn't denied its authenticity until the statement this afternoon.
If some group heard the Lt. Gen. make the statement, then they should come forward. If they disagree with the General and with the policy proposal, now is the time to speak up. It sounds as if the talk was recorded. That's quite a bit to remember verbatim.
The military and Empire are doomed regardless though. There's nothing gay (cheerful, lighthearted, merry) about militarists murdering for the plutocrat-banksters' Empire. It's sick and lustful though, and you know it.