Military Board Votes To Suspend Gay Arabic-Speaking Officer
Lt. Dan Choi will fight to stay in the military after a Syracuse, NY army board recommended that he be the first person to be dismissed from the New York’s National Guard for violating “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Cho’s offense? He said he’s gay.
But he said he refuses to lie about being involved in a relationship with another man. Choi said the relationship has made him a better person, a better Christian and a better officer.
Choi, an Arabic-speaking officer who served for 15 months in Iraq as a member of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division before joining a New York National Guard unit based in Manhattan, said he would appeal to the higher-ranking officers to stay in the National Guard.
“DADT” means military can’t be asked if they’re gay, but they can’t say they’re gay, either. Obama vowed as recently as this week to repeal this ridiculous rule.
“As I said before — I’ll say it again — I believe ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ doesn’t contribute to our national security. In fact, I believe preventing patriotic Americans from serving their country weakens our national security,” Obama said.
“… I’ve asked the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop a plan for how to thoroughly implement a repeal,” Obama said.
More than a thousand retired generals and admirals wrote an open letter this year saying a repeal of DADT would destroy our all-volunteer military. Approximately 10,500 military have been discharged for the offense of being gay between 1997 and 2008, 250 of whom were fired just this year.
Choi held a news conference in East LA, where he vowed to campaign for Obama to issue an executive order to end this madness.
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