Saturday, October 10, 2009

Time for Obama to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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Last week, Rachel Maddow started her show with the story of Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, whose 18-year career as an Air Force fighter pilot is about to end due to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Maddow has been giving "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" a good amount of coverage recently. Instead of following this issue as a political story -- e.g. talking about which politicians made the most dramatic argument on the issue or discussing how the issue will affect the next election -- she's been focusing on people facing a discharge under DADT, people like Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and an Arabic-translator, or 2nd Lt. Sandy Tsao, who received a personal letter from President Obama after Tsao wrote to Obama about repealing DADT.

As President Obama addresses the Human Rights Campaign tonite, an event I wish I could have attended, one can only hope he denounces again the discriminatory policies of our armed forces; that he uses his bully pulpit to launch a campaign that will bring the practice to an end, soon.

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