Shakesville reports that an Arabic translator and veteran of the Iraq War, Dan Choi, was dismissed from the US military via don’t ask, don’t tell after coming out on television. Although Mr. Choi should take personal responsibility for his decision to come out on television, knowing that he’d be dismissed, this does not excuse the ludicrousity of DADT. Dismissing Arabic translators is a weird way of supporting the troops. It’s not like the US is at war in Iraq or anything.
May 9, 2009