Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist Under DADT

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and officer in the Army National Guard and who happens to be fluent in Arabic and who returned recently from Iraq. He received notice the military is about to fire him. Why? Because he came out of the closet as a gay man on national television.

Some Obamaholics might think it unfair to blame Obama. After all, the president inherited the viciously homophobic  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law when he took office. As Commander-in-Chief, he has to follow the law, right?

Wrong.

A new study, about to be published by a group of experts in military law, shows that President Obama does, in fact, have stroke-of-the-pen authority to suspend gay discharges. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law requires the military to fire anyone found to be gay or lesbian. But there is nothing requiring the military to make such a finding. The president can order the military to stop investigating service members’ sexuality. An executive order will not get rid of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, but would take the critical step of suspending its implementation, hence rendering it effectively dead.

If President Obama fails to suspend the discharge, who will he point fingers? The Congress? His Christian beliefs? Fear of flying vegetable? Allison getting voted off American Idol?

H/T: Aaron Belkin, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Palm Center at University of California at Santa Barbara

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6 Responses to Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist Under DADT

  1. GayLiberal says:

    I am still wondering if Bu$hCo ever left office. This is just more of the ‘same old, same old’. I’m just glad that I never fell for Obama’s kool-aid! He is just more of the same in a different package. What a waste of good talent! What ever became of ‘We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal’? I guess when they wrote that they meant all white, hetero, christian men only since women didn’t have the right to vote. Will the U.S. EVER live up to its creed?

  2. libhomo says:

    I’ve noticed that President Obama is willing to accept blatantly illegal and unconstitutional behavior by Bush regime officials and current intelligence services employees (it goes way beyond just the CIA). Yet, Obama acts as if he is compelled to aggressively enforce the military ban.

    Also, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a completely deceptive name. Under this version of the military ban, witchhunts are not just allowed but encouraged. People suspected of being lgbt are asked and they demand that they turn in their friends to.

  3. stradella says:

    Brother Barack needs to step up.

    I’m starting to think Michelle has bigger cajones than does the president.

  4. JollyRoger says:

    I had the “pecker posse” ask me about a colleague of mine, way back when. I told them I had no idea what they were talking about, but they could write ME up for being gay if it’d get me out of the Army faster. They declined my generous offer to make them look good.

    Incidentally, the guy they wanted me to blab on was most certainly gay. But….. I never saw it interfere with his ability to do his job, which he was quite good at. Go figure.

  5. feminazi says:

    Until the military completely revamps its policy toward gay soldiers, I would advise no gay or lesbian American to bother serving their country. This is a no-brainer. The military doesn’t deserve the talents of gay and lesbian soldiers.

  6. Fran says:

    I second feminazi’s sentiment.

    Render DADT effectively dead, already.

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