On March 4th, 2014, Kevin McCullough of the American Family Association blamed Vladimir Putin's decision to seize Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, not on the instability of the region or a possible belief in restoring the Soviet Union to its former glory, but on a drag show fundraiser on a US military base in Okinawa.
The event in question was held by six military servicemen at the Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa to raise money for OutServe-SLDN, a non-profit that supports the military's LGBT community, which exceeded the organizers' expectations. Initially, expectations were that they would sell 75 tickets; they ended up selling 400.
Needless to say, McCullough, who last came to this column's attention for trying to equate choice with promiscuity, was greatly displeased by this and eager to pin some kind of blame on it.
According to McCullough, Putin feels he can "get away" with his invasion of Crimea "because of what he has seen disintegrate culturally right in front of everybody’s eyes in the US" as well as "the sissification of our military."
"Putin looks at the US and we're having drag shows on our bases," he continued. "Do developments like this have anything to do with making our military leaders look less impressive in the eyes of the world? For instance, does Mr. Putin sit there and go, 'Yeah, I'm not going to do anything Obama says because number one, he can't keep his word, and number two, your military is now having drag shows on its bases.'"
Given that Putin also invaded South Ossetia before the repeal of the DADT policy, that seems unlikely.
McCollough's insistence that a gay-tolerant military is less threatening could just as easily be flipped in reverse as well. After all, how threatening is a military full of uptight homophobes who will refuse to fight until everyone in their platoon has been thoroughly checked for signs of gayness?