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Friday, May 8

Homophobia Trumps National Security

Right after 9/11 the military discharged 9 Arab translators for being gay (Don't Ask, Don't Tell). Since 9/11 the military has fired 58 Arab linguists for being gay. The first gay linguist under the Obama administration was just fired it is being reported. He is a West Point graduate and has fought in Iraq.

While campaigning, Obama stated, “We’re spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need.”

Hmmm. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, that he hoped to “push that one down the road a little bit.”

Experts have thought that one of the reasons the US wasn't able to thwart the terrorists on 9/11 was because of the shortage of Arab linguists.

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