| What a slap in the face to the gay community: |
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon plans to recruit more foreigners in a fresh effort to make up for chronic shortages of doctors, nurses and linguists available for wartime duty.
In other words, the military is forced by law to recruit non-Americans for these "vital" positions over patriotic Americans who happen to be gay. Consider, the Pentagon says it has a "chronic shortage" of linguists. But the military forced out 58 gay Arabic linguists in 2007. And now, they're attempting to replace those 58 trained, gay linguists with foreigners.
Let's take a look at what's happening here: As the AP says, the Pentagon is trying to find 1,000 foreigners to fill these positions. But from 2002 through 2006, the military kicked out 3,715 troops under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy. Think any "doctors, nurses, and linguists" were included in there?
Absolutely there were. Here are just three examples of service members discharged after their sexual orientation became an issue--service members who held the positions described above as being "vital to the national interest." These are the people the Pentagon seeks to replace with non-Americans:
Army Sergeant Bleu Copas, Arabic Linguist
Air Force Doctor Martin Chin, Flight Surgeon
Air Force Major Margaret Witt, Flight Nurse
I think the absurdity is apparent. And I'm not the only one. President-Elect Obama agrees. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen agrees. 75 percent of Americans agree. It's now on Congress to pass legislation that allows gays to serve openly in the Armed Forces. Foreigners shouldn't be filling these military roles when Americans are willing and able--regardless of their sexual orientation.
|Brandon Friedman :: Military Asks Foreigners to Fill Vital Roles Instead of Gays|
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How does a non-us citizen get a clearance? I thought it was hard enough to get a clearance if you are a citizen.