Bil Browning

Soldier who came out on MSNBC dismissed

Filed By Bil Browning | May 08, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Media, The Movement
Tags: Air Force, Don't Ask Don't Tell, gay soldiers, Lt Dan Choi, Marines, Navy, Rachel Maddow, Rep Joe Sestak, United States Army

Remember Lt. Dan Choi, the brave Arabic translator who came out on the Rachel Maddow show a few months ago? Lt. Choi founded Knights Out, a group of West Point cadets/alumni that are openly gay. He has seen action overseas and was still in the National Guard. This week the Guard responded to Choi's TV appearance - with a letter of dismissal. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), the highest ranking former military officer to serve in Congress (former Navy Rear Admiral) also joins the segment.

Also interesting is the short clip of Second Lt Sandy Tsao who outed herself to Army leadership and wrote a letter to President Obama the same day. Obama wrote her a personal note in return reaffirming his support for ending DADT.


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Let me see if i understand a couple of tenets of our defense policy...

1) Torturing / killing people to get false / useless info was o.k.

2) Having this model soldier on board as a language specialist to intercept and translate messages is not o.k. Because of who he loves.

My brain hurts.

Its really quite simple. If you are a member if the armed forces you are not at liberty to violate orders or defy orders. The Military is not a democracy though it supports the democracy at great risk to itself. Prima donnas are not needed and indeed are inappropriate.

Ms. Tsao is free to express her opinion now; as is
Mr. Choi. This is about political statements. Inappropriate for any person in a position of responsibility in the armed forces. What if every conservative in the armed forces decided that Rachael Maddux should be silenced. Scary?
you bet. What if they decided that they could not support the president because of his domestic
policy? Knowing the stance of the leaders who hold the power of life and death over you wouldn't you feel especially at risk if you held an opposing view? For these reasons GOOD leaders avoid political controversy and strive for neutrality. They have strong opinions, their self discipline in expressing them is one of their hallmarks. Those promoting the gay lifestyle have politicized sexual behavior. Clinton implemented his policy in order to create this impasse. Nether act was or is respinsible behavior.


Its really quite simple. If you are a member if the armed forces you are not at liberty to violate orders or defy orders. The Military is not a democracy though it supports the democracy at great risk to itself. Prima donnas are not needed and indeed are inappropriate.

Ms. Tsao is free to express her opinion now; as is
Mr. Choi. This is about political statements. Inappropriate for any person in a position of responsibility in the armed forces. What if every conservative in the armed forces decided that Rachael Maddux should be silenced. Scary?
you bet. What if they decided that they could not support the president because of his domestic
policy? Knowing the stance of the leaders who hold the power of life and death over you wouldn't you feel especially at risk if you held an opposing view?

Why politicize your sexuality to begin with?


The intelligence behind firing a needed, qualified linguistic (Arabic) soldier because he was taught by the establishments rules to 'honor', 'truth' and for who he loves are uh...unintelligent. I need not say more.