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March 19th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Fmr. U.S. general: Gay military allowed genocide

(CNN) – Explosive accusations emerged yesterday during Senate hearings on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which prevents gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly.

A former U.S. general made some inflammatory claims, saying the Dutch army wasn't able to save thousands of Muslims from being killed in Bosnia in 1995 – because gays were allowed to serve openly. Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has the details.

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  1. libpearls

    I believe Howie is correct:
    "I made it up so it has to be true" mindset...

    March 21, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  2. ronvandm

    These are the type of irresponsible statements that to many people are making today. MAKE him "put up or shut up". PROVE IT!

    March 20, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Appalled by this guy General or not, to say what he did at a hearing on dont ask don't tell policy in the US Military. Especially when the incident he refers to has been fully investigated and no such allegations were made, or raised by him at the time!!
    It leads only to one point I nominate the obviously Republican Senator who invited this guy to the hearings and the general himself as two of the biggest wingnuts around at present!!

    March 20, 2010 at 1:59 am |
  4. Stuart Harden

    My guess is that he indeed heard a military leader, perhaps even a Dutch military leader, refer to "openly serving gays" as an excuse for perceived troop error. The comment, however its' intent, was likely not made by anyone with the authority to speak for the Dutch, or at least not by anyone with permission to make said comment officially. What is most significant is, like Howie describes, the willingness of pundits to speak opinion as though it were fact.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  5. David

    Let's just be glad the general is retired. If he was still on duity I'd say hand in thoes stars and get used to being a 2LT (or comparable grade for the branch he was in) again.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Howie

    interesting... maybe sheehan is bucking to be an LA county sheriff or Utah state trooper, or perhaps a republican senator or fox news broadcaster. all of the above mentioned folks have the same "I made it up so it has to be true" mindset... "defend against ALL enemies foreign and domestic" well frag thy shelf sheehan....

    March 19, 2010 at 9:40 am |