Lt. Dan Choi, from Orange County, California, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an Iraq War veteran. Last March he went on Rachel Maddow’s show and spoke three truthful words: “I am gay.”

As a result Lt. Choi received a letter from the Army on April 23 discharging him for violating the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He told Rachel Maddow the letter was “a slap in the face” to himself and the soldiers he as commanded and served with over the past decade.

Lt. Choi is fighting to stay in the military and ensure that no other soldier is ever again discharged as a result of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Courage Campaign and CREDO Mobile are joining his effort to secure equality in our armed forces.

President Obama did not create this policy. But he now has the opportunity to keep his promise and allow gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly in the military. It’s the right thing to do — for justice and for national security.

Watch the video. Then, if you feel it the right thing to do, sign the petition.


2 thoughts on “courage

  1. Bob R.

    Daniel CHOI is dishonorable! He recently made the TV rounds essentially boasting that he “used” us taxpayers to get a free 4-year college education at West Point then he copped out on his promise to serve. That is, he purposely broke a law (Title 10 of the US Code), one that he knew would get him out. He also turned his back to his troops when he copped out and there were no bullets flying over his head. Is that honorable? He brought shame on West Point and all, repeat ALL, citizens of United States of America by essentially abandoning his post in a time of war. His was a cowardly way out. DADT is good for flushing out his kind. Same goes for that dishonorably discharged female officer, Tsao, who also decided to break the law then, she had the balls to ask President Obama to forgive her crime.

    President Obama, please leave the DADT issue for the next administration eight years from now.

    1. flayed Hypatia Post author

      Your inference, that “DADT is good for flushing out his kind,” is amazingly faulty.

      1. What you mean by the term “his kind” is so ambiguous as to be meaningless. If you mean that “his kind” is the self-serving capitalistic sort, who “use” taxpayer dollars to get a college education then get out on some technicality, you fail to notice many other sorts of technicalities that one of this “kind” might find to use. DADT will only lean on GLBTQ servicepeople.

      2. For the sake of argument, suppose Choi is indeed a cowardly criminal sort. It does not follow that the DADT policy is a good one. Pardon the statement of the obvious (but mayhaps such needs stating?), but there are countless gay military personnel, courageous and honorable, who are threatened by DADT. The valiant presence of gays in the military has been a hallmark of Western Civilization since the days of Sparta. That this policy is thus good for ousting dishonorable sorts rings hollow, considering its implementation also ousts many honorable and distinguished individuals. A policy that throws out both good and bad is not exactly a good policy for tossing out the bad and improving the calibre of the armed services. A better policy (again, this seems ridiculously obvious) would easily be one that eliminates only the bad apples while preserving and promoting the flourishing of the good ones.

      3. This leads me to conclude that your definition of “his kind” is merely equivalent to “gay.” But then your argument misses the point altogether, your premises (the purported evidence of Choi’s dishonorable behavior) being wholly irrelevant to your ultimate conclusion, that DADT is good for “flushing out” gays.

      In short, your argument is specious—it is either marked by a conclusion wholly irrelevant to the premises offered, or it is constrained by a conceptual ambiguity that is so broad as to offer either an equivocation (thus rendering the argument invalid) or nothing more than a rant that is ultimately devoid of content and vacuous.


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