Because We Don’t Really Need To Know What They’re Saying

An Arabic linguist has been discharged from the Army for being gay. Not only is this stupid, but it seems to violate even the stupid “Dont Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

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.

Bleu Copas, 30, told The Associated Press he is gay, but said he was “outed” by a stream of anonymous e-mails to his superiors in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

…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.

So he wasn’t asked, and he didn’t tell. And he’s an Arab language specialist. Why on earth was he discharged?

The policy is becoming “a very effective weapon of vengeance in the armed forces” said Steve Ralls, a spokesman for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a Washington-based watchdog organization that counseled Copas and is working to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Copas said he was never open about his sexuality in the military and suspects his accuser was someone he mistakenly befriended and apparently slighted.

The Army wasn’t able to identify the accuser, but officials speculate it was a jealous former lover. So this man, with an exemplary service record and skills we desperately need, is no longer in the military, while the coward who sent anonymous emails goes unpunished.

…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.

Wow! That’s a mghty expensive way to protect our soldiers from The Gaytm. And there was absolutely nothing stereotypical about the questioning that Sgt. Copas endured. Uh huh.

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.

Gay acquaintances? Community theater? Highly suspicious. Because, as we all know, The Gaytm will rub off on you if you get too close to it.

It is time for the military to dump “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and to start judging soldiers by their performance, not their sexual orientation.

8 Responses to “Because We Don’t Really Need To Know What They’re Saying”

  1. Del says:

    OMG, I’ve been on the phone the whole morning with gay men involved in community theater. Right now I’m ready to sic anonymous emails on the whole pack of ‘em. :)

    I’m sorry, what was this about? Oh yes, dumping yet another gay Arabic language specialist. Maybe the Boy Scouts—we know all Scouts turn out to be heterosexual—could start offering an Arabic language badge, to encourage the development of straight translators for the future. Their services will still be needed years from now, since we all know this is a War Like No Other and will continue indefinitely.

  2. Dan says:

    I think it’s time to write Senator Sessions and ask him to propose legislation to require the President to allow open homosexuals into the military.

  3. Kathy says:

    After you, Dan! ;)

  4. Cindi says:

    On top of this, and I wish I could find the original article, the military discharge some 30 soldiers near the beginning of this aggression right out of translator school for being gay. I guess we didn’t need them then and we don’t need them now.

    My partner put in 15 years of decorated, exemplary service. She’s not in anymore. While they were in Iraq, her sergeant assumed she was gay and harrassed the crap out of her. Let’s just say it made a horrible situation even worse. Her PTSD is part war and part harrassment.

    You think maybe the military is compensating for something??????

  5. If we get to the point that we have to start drafting people to fight these stupid wars, I predict a spike in the number of homosexual males. Perhaps those who wish to avoid military service in the future should try out for “Guys and Dolls” today.

  6. Bill says:

    Hey BL,

    You got a perspective on this one?

  7. [...] Really? How exactly does it call into question the judgment of those who gave the award? The article doesn’t quote from the paper, but states several times that it is “pro-homosexual”, whatever that means. Could it be that the paper was exceptionally well-written and persuasive in its arguments? And what is wrong with questioning the incredibly stupid practice of discharging Arab language specialists and others with incredibly important skills because of their sexual orientation? [...]

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