Another Arabic Linguist Discharged from the U.S. Army

First of all, my main reason for posting this is so that I can post this quote from Jon Stewart on June 6, 2007, regarding the Republican presidential debates, where exactly none of the Republican candidates supported letting gays serve openly in the military: “Apparently, the only thing worse, for these candidates, than another terrorist attack would be a gay hero stopping it.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14052513/

Here’s also this other story from last month, http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/23/america/NA-GEN-US-Military-Gays.php

WASHINGTON: Lawmakers who say the military has kicked out 58 Arabic linguists because they were gay want the Pentagon to explain how it can afford to let the valuable language specialists go.

Seizing on the latest discharges, involving three specialists, members of the House of Representatives wrote the House Armed Services Committee chairman that the continued loss of such “capable, highly skilled Arabic linguists continues to compromise our national security during time of war.”

Meehan’s bill to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has 124 co-sponsors, but efforts to get Congress to take another look at the issue have failed so far. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said this year that he had no plan to review the policy.

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