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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Moral clarity?

According to reports the US is putting homophobia over the safety of its troops and success in Iraq:


Between 1998 and 2004, the military discharged 20 Arabic and six Farsi speakers [for being gay], according to Department of Defense data obtained by the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Experts have identified the shortage of Arabic linguists as contributing to the government's failure to thwart the Sept. 11 attacks. The independent Sept. 11 commission made similar conclusions.


Not surprising. The Post reported back in June that the military had discharged 37 linguists because they were not the preferred sexual orientation.

Couldn't we use these tremendously skilled men and women? Seems to me that communicating with the locals is key in winning hearts and minds. That's not to mention the intelligence advantages.

Which is more important Red America? -- Your war on gays or your war on terror?

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