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U.S. Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, a graduate of the West Point military academy and an Arabic translator, will face a military panel on Tuesday which may discharge him for admitting he is gay.
His case was mentioned in a letter to President Barack Obama, signed by 77 Democratic members of Congress. They called the 10-year veteran an “exceptional” soldier. Some have even referred to him as “the de facto face of the movement to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Whether gay/strait/bisexual -- if you're willing to die for this country, that's good enough for me.
President-elect Barack Obama will allow gays to serve openly in the military by overturning the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy that marred President Clinton's first days in office, according to incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
So in regards to repeal of the "Don't ask don't tell," policy, I am undecided and on the fence. If it is repealed, I won't be upset, however; if it disturbs unison in command structure and leads to widespread insubordination it could have horrible consequences on the battlefield.
In a somewhat uncharacteristic display of anger at a Democratic politician, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann declared that Obama was “god damned wrong” for refusing to do away with the Pentagon’s policy of expelling gay servicemembers.
At the end of a segment on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Olbermann said, “We need all of the Arab linguists we can find. I don’t care what they look like or what they do. The president is god damned wrong on this. ”
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was enacted by President Bill Clinton in 1992 after a failed effort to abolish discrimination against gay and lesbian troops. Under the policy, the military is supposed to avoid witchhunts for gay soldiers, but is still obliged to discharge them if they come out.sorce