Congress ain’t fucking around with Condoleezza Rice. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos of California and New York Rep. Gary Ackerman, both of whom happen to be Democrats, railed against The Pentagon for booting gay translators.
Citing the 9/11 Commission’s warning – “under-investment in critical foreign languages presents an urgent and immediate threat to our national security” – the politicos urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her staffers to rehire gays and lesbian translators…
We are writing to urge the Department of State to take a specific step – the hiring of our unfairly dismissed, language-qualified soldiers – so our nation might salvage something positive from the lamentable results of this benighted policy.
They then went on to refer to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as “one of the most regressive, counter-productive policies we could ever imagine,” according to The Hill.
This isn’t the first time Rice and her office have come under fire for firing these essential soldiers. Ackerman blasted Rice last February, saying,
It seems that the military has gone around and fired a whole bunch of people who speak foreign languages – Farsi and Arabicâ€¦ For some reason, the military seems more afraid of gay people than they are [of] terrorists, but they’re very brave with the terrorists. If the terrorists ever got hold of this information, they’d get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad.
That shit still makes us giggle!
With The Pentagon’s slight shift on DADT, perhaps Condi and company will change their tune. Although, this administration’s not so great at admitting mistakes, so we aren’t holding our breath…