At Thursday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearings, Gen. John J. Sheehan, the former Supreme Allied Commander for NATO, argued against repealing "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell". Sheehan made the rather bizarre claim that Netherlands’ allowance of gay men and women to serve openly lead to the Srebrenica genocide in 1995.
From the transcript:
SHEEHAN: The case in point that I’m referring to was when the Dutch were required to defend Sbrenecia against the Serbs, the battalion was understrength, poorly led. And the Serbs came into town, handcuffed the soldiers to the telephone polls, marched the Muslims off and executed them. That was the largest massacre in Europe since World War II.
LEVIN: And did the Dutch leaders tell you it was because there were gay soldiers there?
SHEEHAN: It was a combination –
LEVIN: Did they tell you that?
LEVIN: That’s my question.
SHEEHAN: They included that as part of the problem.
LEVIN: That there were gay soldiers among the Dutch force.
SHEEHAN: The combination was the liberalization of the military, the net effect of basically social engineering.
Sheehan's outrageous claims were checked by SASC Chairman Carl Levin (MI), former soldiers who served with the Dutch, and, most forcefully, by the Dutch. "It is astonishing that a man of his stature can utter such complete nonsense," says Dutch defense ministry spokesman Roger van de Wetering. The Netherlands' Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop says Sheehan's remarks are "' damaging’ and not worthy of a soldier. ‘I don’t want to waste any more words on it,’ he said."
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