What part of Don't Ask, Don't Tell don't you understand, maggots, faggots, and other words ending in -aggots?Reporters just love it
when the military discharges someone who is simultaneously gay and has a needed skill-it lets them hammer the Pentagon over and over with the fact that National Security is Being Damaged! ...By Republican Homophobia!
(Never mind of course that Don't Ask, Don't Tell was Clinton's formula). Try to grasp the subtlety of this reporter's argument. I know it'll be difficult to get it through your thick skull, Neanderthals, but just try:
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.
An eight-month Army investigation culminated in Copas' honorable discharge on Jan. 30 — less than four years after he enlisted, he said, out of a post-Sept. 11 sense of duty to his country.
More than 11,000 service members have been dismissed under the policy, including 726 last year — an 11 percent jump from 2004 and the first increase since 2001.
That's less than a half-percent of the more than 2 million soldiers, sailors and Marines dismissed for all reasons since 1993, according to the General Accountability Office.
But the GAO also noted that nearly 800 dismissed gay or lesbian service members had critical abilities, including 300 with important language skills. Fifty-five were proficient in Arabic, including Copas, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in California.
Discharging and replacing them has cost the Pentagon nearly $369 million, according to the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Got that, you Rethuglican morons?
Now, no one can thoughtfully disagree that perhaps the military should leave gay people alone if they're contributing. Arguably, famous poofter Alan Turing helped win World War II.
Would the world have been better off if he had been kicked out of the military? Obviously not. However, this guy was apparently turning ex-lovers into outraged wildebeests left and right, and one of them decided to snitch:
Lt. Col. James Zellmer, Copas' commanding officer in the 313th military intelligence battalion, told the AP that "the evidence clearly indicated that Sgt. Copas had engaged in homosexual acts."
While investigators were never able to determine who the accuser was, "in the end, the nature and the volume of the evidence and Sgt. Copas's own sworn statement led me to discharge him," Zellmer said.
Military investigators wrote that Copas "engaged in at least three homosexual relationships, and is dealing with at least two jealous lovers, either of whom could be the anonymous source providing this information."
I would kick him and
his lovers out for causing controversy and wasting everyone's time. It doesn't exactly sound like he was cracking the Enigma code or anything; Arabic is a pedestrian language spoken by millions of not-too-bright people.
Here's the most hilarious part:
Shortly after Copas was appointed to the 82nd Airborne's highly visible All-American Chorus last May, the first e-mail came to the chorus director.
"The director brought everyone into the hallway and told us about this e-mail they had just received and blatantly asked, 'Which one of you are gay?'" Copas said.
Copas later complained to the director and his platoon sergeant, saying the questions violated "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"They said they would watch it in the future," Copas said. "And they said, even specifically then, 'Well, you are not gay are you?' And I said, 'no.'"
The accuser, who signed his e-mails "John Smith" or "ftbraggman," pressed Copas' superiors to take action against him or "I will inform your entire battalion of the information that I gave you."
On Dec. 2, investigators formally interviewed Copas and asked if he understood the military's policy on homosexuals, if he had any close acquaintances who were gay, and if he was involved in community theater. He answered affirmatively.
Well of COURSE involvement in community theater points to faggotry! What kind of red-blooded straight man would be into theater? Mark Steyn, that's who. He should have deployed the Mark Steyn defense: "are you calling Mark Steyn a faggot? Because Mark Steyn likes Broadway shows! If Mark Steyn is not a faggot, you must acquit!"