The Marine Corps' top officer said March 25 that even if the ban on openly-serving gays in the services is lifted, he would draw the line at forcing heterosexual Marines to bunk with gays on base.
"We want to continue [two-person rooms], but I would not ask our Marines to live with someone who is homosexual if we can possibly avoid it," Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway told Military.com during an exclusive interview at the Pentagon. "And to me that means we have to build BEQs [bachelor enlisted quarters] and have single rooms."
Conway's comments came the same day that Defense Secretary Robert Gates reprimanded the Army's Pacific commander for publicly exhorting servicemembers and civilians to write to Congress to oppose repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Army Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon made his views known in a letter published in Stars and Stripes on March 8.
Maybe I am missing something here, but Conway is speaking as if there aren't actually any gays in the Marines.
What he is actually saying is that he would prefer E1-E3 to pretend that there aren't any gays in the Marines because self delusion is good for unit cohesion.
He might just as well ask servicemembers in Iraq to pretend there aren't any IEDs to worry about, making everyone less stressed overall.
He could also ask all white supremacists to pretend that everyone in the military is white by simply digging their eyes out so they can't actually see. So what if blind servicemembers are less effective, it's all about making everyone feel comfortable.
Maybe Conway should resign and apply for a position in the hospitality industry, making room for an actual leader, not a pretend one who has his head shoved so far up his ass, he doesn't know what decade we're in.