This just in, the Pentagon confirms the “Gay Bomb” story, but claim it wasn’t something they were really interested in.
We asked. They told.
The Gay Bomb, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed yesterday, was a real proposal – an idea floated by Air Force researchers to render enemy troops ineffective by rendering them homosexual.
It was 1994. Some creative thinkers at a Wright Patterson Air Force Base lab were brainstorming on possible non-lethal weapon projects. Someone hit on this:
“Category # 3: Chemicals that affect human behavior so that discipline and morale in enemy units is adversely affected. One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.”
It is unclear what substance would jack up the sex drive and break down the inhibitions of normally heterosexual troops. Presumeably, the idea was that rampant homosexual activity would cause shame and confusion, destroying unit cohesion.
The Pentagon didn’t bite.
It sounded a bit far-fectched, and I’m somewhat relieved to know that the Pentagon took a pass on the idea. Still, does anyone besides me want to know just what chemical this is? I still think it’d be interesting to release it at the next anti-same-sex-marriage rally, or in the next legislature to vote on an anti-gay marriage amendment.