Back in September, The Daily Show’s Jason Jones sat down with Paul Cameron, one of the nation’s leading anti-gay activists, to ask about a defense for the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Specifically, Jones asked about Bleu Copas, a decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist who joined the Army after the 9/11 attacks, but was thrown out for being gay, despite his role in helping translate intercepted messages from possible terrorists.Of course, Jason Jones was mocking him, but the point is still valid. If you are struggling to interpret all those messages we are intercepting, wouldn't you want as many translators as possible?
Cameron said, “I think the country, on the aggregate, is safer without Bleu in the military.” Asked why, Cameron explained, “Guys don’t want to think about other guys, other fellas, ogling them in the shower or whatever.” Jones responded, “I know I’d rather die in a terrorist attack than suffer through an uncomfortable shower with a gay.” Cameron grudgingly responded, "Yes."
I guess this is the same question I had after reading The Wash Post story on the reconstruction led, not by the best and the brightest, but by those most loyal to Bush. If I were putting my historical legacy on this event, I think I would have sat down my people and said, "I don't care how we make this work, but this will be successful. If you have to hire Chelsea Clinton or Michael Moore to get it done, do it."
You would think that success would be the most important thing. But it isn't.