Steve Clemons of The Washington Note is a rarity. Steve is an out gay man operating in the world of intelligence and high intrigue international diplomacy. He's an expert in all things military and one of the go-to experts on Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Last week I heard about Sam Nunn being on a list of possible Obama running mates. Nunn was one of the architects behind the military policy and fired gays from his staff in 1992. Not 1952 or 1962, not even 1972 or 1982, but 1992!
Here's a bit of history from December '92.
The Transition: Nunn under fire from gay groups:
Senator Sam Nunn removed two aides a decade ago for being gay, and gay rights groups are now contending that his action disqualifies him from a post in a Clinton Administration.
Mr. Nunn, the Georgia Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has confirmed that he asked the two aides to leave because of their homosexuality.
Clemons reacts to Nunn being a possible VP:
So despite my sincere respect for many of the good things Sam Nunn has done, I also think it is important for those whispering about the possibility of putting Nunn in the VP slot on the Obama ticket -- or in Obama's cabinet -- to realize that this blog and many others will not stand for someone who still harbors long standing, institutionalized discriminatory views against gay men and women, particularly in the arena of national security when we should be applauding any who want to serve this country.
It's time for us to be asking Sam Nunn what his views on gays in the military now are -- and he should tell us.
Let's move to "Ask and Tell."
When Steve Clemons says he won't stand for something, people in DC pay attention. After all, Steve was the guy who sank the confirmation of UN Ambassador John Bolton.