Althouse has a good post on Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and some of his recent comments to Condi Rice, who was upset about the lack of Farsi and Arabic translators in the State Department. Rep. Ackerman commented to Rice that possibly her department should hire some of the translators fired by the Pentagon because they were openly gay and lesbian, in violation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
"For some reason, the military seems more afraid of gay people than they are against terrorists, but they're very brave with the terrorists," Ackerman said..."If the terrorists ever got a hold of this information, they'd get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad."
The remark drew some smiles from fellow members of the panel, but Rice was stone faced. ... "[M]aybe you might find some of those competent people among those who are recently unemployed." ... "Can we marry up those two — or maybe that's the wrong word — can we have some kind of union of those two issues?" Ackerman asked. Ed: emphasis added.