Okay, I'm sure everyone has seen the pic of two women sailors kissing on a Norfolk, VA. pier after one returns from deployment. It purportedly happened after they won a lottery for the first sailor to leave ship and meet their beloved. Personally, I find it nothing more than a photo op showcasing the demise of our military. We've now gone from concern of how effective our fighting forces are to how politically and morally "avant garde" they can be. God, I'm so glad to be retired with no prospect of being called back to service!
Am I the only one that suspects a set-up by the MSM on this pic?
I mean really, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed two months ago. Is this the first ship with gay crewmembers to come home since then? Is it coincidental that the first pic of two openly homosexual military members swapping spit showcases a pair of attractive lesbians rather than two hairy, burly guys (guess which one will be more acceptable in furthering acceptance of gay practices)? How were the news organizations alerted to this? Somebody had to tip them off, the "first kiss" ceremony is routine enough in naval towns not to normally garner any interest. My guess is a squadron level Public Affairs Officer tipped the newsies on this. That had to be done with a high level endorsement. So the thinking isn't focused on the successful return of a ship after it completed it's mission, it's focused on the positive feedback from having two women publicly swap spit on a pier. This isn't treating gay members of the military as equal to their heterosexual peers, it's showcasing them for special attention. So much for "equality".
The greatest military in the world has passed from history and this photo merely documents it. Our troops are now considered acceptable only as lab rats for some sociological experimentation.
The hell of it is that this was never necessary. Despite stereotypes to the contrary, sexual orientation was never that big a deal during the last few decades. What mattered more than anything else (deservedly so IMHO) was how well a military member did their stinking job.
So you could have a complete moral reprobate enjoying the esteem of his shipmates as long as he did his job and was willing to go the extra mile to insure a successful accomplishment of the mission. Ditto for anyone who was gay, hell on one boat I served aboard we had a senior enlisted man that made no secret about being light in his loafers. Nobody cared. Everybody, including himself, referred to the man as "Swishy". The man was an excellent sailor, openly gay, kept it in his pants until he was home and life went on.
A man could be a flaming alcoholic while on liberty, as long as he performed while on duty and at sea nobody gave a damn except to cover for his butt.
My point is that the military was built on merit and conventional morality be damned. It was to be expected, especially given the disdain our troops often encountered at home during and after the Viet Nam War. For a good explanation of how the military thought and perceived life at that time I recommend Rudyard Kipling's "Tommy". Some things never change.
Nevertheless, the thinking of our military was based on merit. It worked and damned well too.
In recent years thats changed. It seems the troops have become a target of opportunity for anyone with some sort of cultural agenda. Our nation is the poorer for it as the focus shifts from success of what should be the prime mission (winning wars quickly & efficiently) to performing as a sociological petri dish.
Just the opinion of a retired enlisted man.