Don't ask, don't tell, don't translate that terrorist threat. You can't make up stupidity like this. The AP reports today that the Army has discharged nine linguists, including six trained in Arabic, because they are gay. "The soldiers' dismissals come at a time when the military is facing a critical shortage of translators and interpreters for the war on terrorism," the report notes. Last week's New Republic goes into this absurdity in some detail. And the whole issue of the consequences engendered by the military's ridiculous don't-ask/don't-tell policy is followed by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.