Wednesday, February 10, 2010

One down...

Huzzah!  Perhaps this is the first clear indication that the evil that is don't ask, don't tell is on its way out.  Dan Choi is an Arabic translator for the Army National Guard who just happens to be gay.  He's been on hold with the military since last year when he was recommended for discharge after publicly disclosing his sexual orientation on The Rachel Maddow Show. 

But now, instead of discharging him and wasting his valuable skill, the military has called the Iraq veteran back to active duty.  No word yet that the world has stopped spinning on its axis or that all hell has broken loose in Pennsylvania because this one man is back serving with his unit.  So, see, maybe it really is as simple as I thought.  You end don't ask, don't tell by ending the discharges. You end it by letting honorable service men and women continue their service, regardless of their sexual orientation.  And it's just not that hard.


Lisa Johnson said...

That's good to hear! Finally a decision made with logic and truly thinking about what's best for the country.

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day! ♥

S said...

I know. The discharges of the 50 or so service members who had such useful language skills was one of the most obvious ways in which dadt is bad for the military. I've been particularly interested in this guy's career because he is such a good example of how irrational the policy is.

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too! (I cannot get that heart thing to work.)

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