The Republican Party is determined to prove to the world that irresponsibility is their slogan in government. Retired General John Sheehan was asked to testify by Senate Republicans concerning his views about changing the “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy and he proceeded to make the outrageous claim that in 1995 when Dutch forces in Srebrenica were over-run by Serbian troops it was all the fault of homosexuals serving in the Dutch armed force! Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende termed the remark irresponsible and termed it: -“Toward Dutch troops-homosexual or heterosexual-it is way off the mark to talk like that about people and the work they do under very difficult circumstances.” Defense Minister Elmert Van Middelkoop said the American general’s comments were not only “damaging” but not worthy of a soldier.
One is never surprised at the depths of immorality that Republicans in Congress will stoop in order to oppose an idea they wish to discredit. Imagine if a Dutch general made such a remark about American soldiers who suffered heavy casualties in a battle? General Sheehan is simply one sick creature.