Among the most critical needs of the American armed forces and our diplomatic corps are linguists who are fluent in Arabic. So what does the Pentagon do? It has discharged at least 58 Arabic linguists on the grounds that they are gay! Petty officer Stephen Benjamin was asked by his supervisor to sign a statement saying that he was not gay. On advice of his lawyer, Benjamin refused because the document could be used at a later time against him and he might be charged with lying.
Rep. Marty Meehan has pushed for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that was passed in 1994 and persuaded 40 House members to join in a letter that stated: “At a time when our military is stretched to the limit, and our cultural knowledge of the Middle East is dangerously deficient, I just can’t believe that kicking out able, competent Arabic linguists is making our country any safer.”
Is there something wrong with homophobic individuals who would risk the security of our fighting men and women as well as the nation because someone might have sex with a person of the same sex? Secretary of Defense Robert Gates refused to comment on the request from the congressmen. I realize “Bobby” is a swell fella in the eyes of our commander-in-chief, but he would be a much sweller fella if he placed the interests of servicemen ahead of George Bush’s need to get votes from the homophobic elements of our society.
Information from Army Times