Why? Well, if for no other reason than it’s seriously hindering our ability to fight the WoT.
The lack of qualified translators has been a pressing issue for some time ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? the Army had filled only half its authorized positions for Arabic translators in 2001. Cables went untranslated on Sept. 10 that might have prevented the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Today, the American Embassy in Baghdad has nearly 1,000 personnel, but only a handful of fluent Arabic speakers.
I was an Arabic translator. After joining the Navy in 2003, I attended the Defense Language Institute, graduated in the top 10 percent of my class and then spent two years giving our troops the critical translation services they desperately needed. I was ready to serve in Iraq.
But I never got to. In March, I was ousted from the Navy under the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t ask, donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t tellÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? policy, which mandates dismissal if a service member is found to be gay.
It makes no sense to me whatsoever that we keep using the same old excuses to keep gays out of the military when nearly every other large military in the free world allows them to serve openly.
Well, it makes sense when you think that this is all motivated by religious ideology, which has no business deciding who can fight for our country and who can’t.
End “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” immediately.