Remember when Barack Obama‘s press mouthpiece made clear the president wouldn’t intervene in military dismissals based on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? And how Obama’s military mouthpiece made clear the president has no plans to actually repeal the policy? And how Obama’s Pentagon mouthpiece Geoff Morrell just today made explicitly clear there are NO PLANS to end DADT? Well it looks like Obama is getting his wish. In addition to the very public dismissals of folks like Dan Choi and Sandy Taso comes the firing of fighter pilot Lt. Colonel Victor Fehrenbach.
Fehrenbach has served Kuwait, attacked Taliban targets, and flew in Iraq, racking up a total of 88 combat missions over 400 hours. He’s received a number of medals, including one that recognizes his heroism. And now?
He’s being fired.
Silly Fehrenbach, meanwhile, originally planned to go away quietly under DADT, but instead thought he could battle his DADT discharge and filed challenges in September expecting incoming president Obama would end the policy. WRONG.
Aubrey Sarvis, Executive Director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network: “Since 1987, when Fehrenbach entered Notre Dame on a full Air Force ROTC scholarship, the government has invested twenty-five million dollars in training and equipping him to serve his country, which he has done with what anyone would agree was great distinction.”
If you’re feeling frustration and helplessness right now, you’re justified. THIS IS GETTING EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS EVERY DAY. These men and women are heroes. The best of the best. And our commander-in-chief has absolutely no plans to let them continue keeping our nation safe. Disgraceful.