I saw former NATO Commander US Gen. John Sheehan’s remarks made a couple weeks ago during a Congressional hearing on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” I was surprised it didn’t receive more media attention when he said it:
Sheehan claimed that Dutch leaders, including the former chief of staff of the Dutch army General Henk van den Breemen, had told him that the presence of gay soldiers had contributed to the fall of the enclave which led to the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
When I saw the original testimony, I was flabbergasted and wondered who on Capitol Hill had vetted this guy. Then again, he was NATO Commander.
Sheehan has since apologized, under threat of lawsuit by Dutch groups.
“To be clear, the failure on the ground in Srebrenica was in no way the fault of the individual soldiers,” states Sheehan’s letter, dated Monday and addressed to the now retired Van den Breemen.
“I am sorry that my recent public recollection of those discussions of 15 years ago inaccurately reflected your thinking on some specific social issues in the military.”
What is it with NATO Commanders and their grasp of reality. Sheehan, Wesley Clark, and Alexander Haig. All three seem to have been a few cards short of a full deck, no?