Screening Liberally Watch of the Day

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) with the takedown on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. As Congress's lone Iraq veteran, Murphy is disgusted by the bigoted and demeaning idea that openly gay soldiers would detract from unit cohesion. Do these people really think that our troops are not professional enough to work together?

Adam B from Daily Kos gives us the facts:

  • Nearly 800 specialists with critical skills have been fired from the military under DADT, including several linguists who speak Arabic.
  • U.S. taxpayers have paid $250 million to investigate and root out patriotic servicemen and women under DADT and as much as $1.2 billion in lost recruiting and training costs.
  • More than two-thirds of civilians support allowing gays to serve openly in the military. And despite the fear-mongering about unit morale, nearly 3 in 4 troops say they are personally comfortable serving side-by-side with gays and lesbians.