Kudos to Rachel Maddow for going after Obama on DADT and for doing it in such a gut-wrenching, in-your-face kind of way. Rachel Maddow is the best thing that ever happened to MSNBC.
Rachel is giving high profile coverage to victims of Obama's Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy. Yeah, it's Obama's now.
Last night Rachel interviewed Lieutenant Colonel Victor J. Fehrenbach, an 18 year Air Force veteran and combat missions hero, who is being kicked out of the military for being gay. The military has only spent 25 million bucks training this guy! Fehrenbach is fighting back and asking President Obama to fulfill that little campaign promise.
As Rachel said last night after Fehrenbach's segment, "Mr. President, you have a problem."
New President. New Congress. No Change. . . Lieutenant Colonel Victor J. Fehrenbach, a fighter weapons systems officer, has been flying the F-15E Strike Eagle since 1998. He has flown numerous missions against Taliban and al-Qaida targets, including the longest combat mission in his squadron's history. On that infamous September 11, 2001, Lt. Col. Fehrenbach was handpicked to fly sorties above the nation's capital. Later he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has received at least 30 awards and decorations including nine air medals, one of them for heroism, as well as campaign medals for Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is now a flight instructor in Idaho, where he has passed on his skills to more than 300 future Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force weapons systems officers. . And the Air Force is about to discharge this guy, a virtual poster boy for Air Force recruiting, because he is gay? Someone has to be kidding.
Also see Rachel Maddow's interview of Dan Choi, an Iraq war vet and Arabic translator (March 19) (Video - Watch it!)
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