Friday, August 13, 2010

Everything That Is Wrong With DADT

This story pretty much sums it up.

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach has been fighting for the right to stay in the Air Force for more than two years following a false criminal report that led to his outing. Yesterday, following reports that the Secretary of the Air Force was about to order his discharge, his lawyers filed for a temporary restraining order to keep him in the military until the courts have their say, or the Obama Administration gets around to repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

So, how did a decorated combat aviator with 19 years in the Air Force end up riding a desk and hoping just to make it to his pension (for which he’d be eligible next year) instead of flying missions in one of his country’s wars — despite much-heralded changes to the military’s enforcement policies?

According to the Idaho Statesman, Fehrenbach got involved with the wrong guy.

Basically, it boils down Col. Fehrenbach being accused of rape, and to exonerate himself, he had to come out of the closet. The rape charge was dropped, but now he’s facing discharge because he’s gay. So either way, he loses.