Sen. Barack Obama recently told a gay magazine, The Advocate, that he wants to see the armed forces’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that holds that gays and lesbians are kicked out of the military if they disclose their sexuality. Obama had this to say about our military’s counterproductive measure:
We’re spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need. That doesn’t make us more safe.
As of last summer, over 58 Arabic speakers had been kicked out of the military because of this policy, at a time when Arab-speaking servicemen are at a severe premium.