Lieutenant Dan Choi, an Arabic-speaking linguist who was dismissed from the Army National Guard under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, despite having skills critical to fighting the war on terror, appeared this afternoon on MSNBC and vowed to continue fighting on behalf of "silent soldiers...forced to lie and to hide in order to serve their country." Choi said that his goal was to "fight back" in the hopes that future soldiers won't have to worry about "being discriminated against" in the military.
MSNBC's David Shuster asked Choi about what he thought of President Barack Obama's seeming reticence to make a change to "don't ask don't tell." Choi replied:
I'm a soldier and all I know is my timeline looks like this: on June 9th, I'm going have my board and they might kick me out, they might fire me. But I'm going be marching. The same boots that marched in Iraq will be marching for equality. I'll be out in Fresno, Meet In The Middle [For Equality] on Saturday afternoon. I'm going to continue speaking out for all those soldiers that feel that they're alone, that feel that they're ashamed because of who they are. I say no, you are not alone. You're honorable, you're serving our country. And my message, my timeline is that when the repeal of this discriminatory law happens, I'll be first one in that recruiting station raising my right hand one more time saying I will serve my country.
Shuster then set up the next segment, about Patty Blagojevich joining the cast of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. Why do I point that out? No reason. Contrast, I guess. If you get it, you get it.
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