Lt. Choi Not Pleased With Gates’ ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Changes

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Lt. Dan Choi — the West Point graduate, Iraq veteran, Arabic linguist and arguably most forceful advocate for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — had a simple question for Defense Secretary Robert Gates after Gates’ announcement of changes to the implementation of the ban on open gay military service. “Why would anybody believe this is, in any way, restoring the humanity of the service?” Choi asked during a phone interview just now.

For Choi, the issue comes down to integrity. “What’s inhumane about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is the fact that soldiers have to lie,” he said. “It’s the only federal policy that enforces shame, particularly because these are soldiers willing to risk their lives to protect America.” The measure of the Obama administration’s seriousness to repeal, Choi argued, is its unwillingness to place a provision repealing it in the Defense Authorization Bill and daring senators to filibuster the Pentagon’s funding vehicle.

“What will pave the way for full repeal is a recognition and cognizance on the part of the administration,” Choi said, “that the fundamental reason to get rid of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is that it sacrifices, violates and compromises the integrity of all soldiers, not just gay soldiers.”

Choi was arrested after leading a protest to the gates of the White House last week to pressure President Obama to live up to his pledge of ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year. At a Human Rights Campaign dinner last fall, Obama encouraged equal-rights activists to “continue to pressure leaders — including me,” and Choi said he took Obama’s words “as an order.”

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Comment posted August 14, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

I keep hearing how many people support the Lt Choi and his big bold decision to publicly announce the fact that he’s gay after switching to the National Guard. Choi, a front man for a Gay Rights group at the once distinguished West Point calling themselves “Knights Out” has absolutely nothing to be proud of. Choi who I will no longer refer to as Lt since the decision to discharge him, for some reason thinks people in the Army care about “his relationship between him and a man” This is the first step of the degradation within the Army. When is MSNBC going to ask Soldiers what they think of gay rights within the military?
This isn’t a debate on ones sexual choice. This is about keeping moral and motivation. Has MSNBC asked anyone in the Army if they would mind being in the shower with three gay soldiers while being deployed? Or sharing a room with someone that openly professes his homosexuality and has frequent visitors to his room? You can be sure this soldier and every other soldier I know won’t put up with it and will take measures to ensure our ethic and moral security while fighting for our country, even if it means switching units and or branches if the Army wants to go down this destructive path. The radical Gay Rights movement is seeping into the Military and this is just the beginning. If you start feeding it now, it will only get bigger and stronger. Expect swarms of equal rights attorneys filing violation of rights lawsuits totaling in the millions, footed by the tax payer and bogging down the military.
Sex has no place in the military especially while being deployed. I applaud the officers on the Federal Recognition Board’s decision to discharge Choi, except that it took four hours of deliberation to do so. The rules of the Army are clear, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, what’s the need for deliberation? Our Military officers play an important role to lead, not screw around with other officer or soldiers sexual choice issues, this is exactly why Don’t Ask Don’t tell was instituted.

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