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?
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?