In a victory for anti-gay, shower-fearing advocates of the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy, Lieutenant Dan Choi--an openly gay infantry officer--was removed yesterday from his position leading soldiers in the New York Army National Guard. He was subsequently kicked out of the Army.
To be certain, this was a spectacular triumph for those trumpeting morality in the Armed Services. In exchange for maintaining the heterosexual purity of Choi’s infantry battalion, the Army only had to give up the following things:
1. A West Point graduate
2. An Arabic linguist
3. A seasoned leader and combat veteran with service in Iraq.
Sacrificing an Arabic linguist with a security clearance is small price to pay, of course, for placating bigots.