Over at Military Corruption they are asking some hard questions about the charges against BG Jeffrey Sinclair.
The most interesting question asked was “Who did Sinclair piss off?”
Let me offer some insight from my thirty plus years in the Army.
Officers, like men in society are not immune from thinking with the wrong head. The difference is that as soldiers we set ourselves up to a higher standard by the oath we take when we are commissioned. But taking the oath alone does not mean we will never stray from the straight and narrow. Hell even some Catholic Priest are unable to abide by their vows of celibacy.
Men want sex, and some, some will take it through violence that constitutes rape. What has struck me about the rape of female servicemen over the years is the total lack of respect their male counterparts have for them. I first came to this conclusion when I read the report of Tailhook. One of the females who was grouped and raped was a Naval Aviator who was the Aide de Camp to an Admiral attending Tailhook. Despite being a brother in arms she was treated in the same manner as the hookers at Tailhook.
At this point we do not know if Sinclair raped a women or a man.
So who did he piss off. Let me hypothesis that he has pissed off the civilian and military leadership of the Department of Defense and Department of the Army.
Why you asked. If you have read the headlines—Congress and many are concerned about sexual assault in the military. Gary Trudeau in Doonesbury has made it an issue. There are those in Congress who believe the military is not doing enough—in fact some have introduced legislation that would strip the military of jurisdiction in sexual assault cases; or giving exclusive jurisdiction to sexual assault cases to the Secretary of Defense.
Congress wants blood; the civilian leadership wants blood; and unfortunately in too many cases those convicted of sexual assault get a slap on the wrist. For General Sinclair this means he is seen as being the one to be the example for those who commit sexual assault. This means he is going down and is going to go down hard. The Airborne mafia is powerless to help him; the General Officer mafia powerless to protect him. He has a bulls eye on his chest. The civilian leadership knows if he doesn’t swing from the yardarm, if he doesn’t go down hard, Congress will act and it will not be to the benefit of the military.
Some may say this is command influence. No, it is called politics. Like Justice Black once said, Justice on the Supreme Court read the newspapers. Everyone knows what the score is and will do what is right without being told. This happens in the civilian world and it happens in the military. The leadership is going to make an example of BG Sinclair. I doubt if the judge will allow any plea bargain which he doesn’t serve time. I predict he will lose his retirement as he will be dishonorably discharged, and his name will be stricken from the General Officer rolls, and the West Point Mafia will gather and say see what happens when you allow someone from outside the club in, they dishonor the General Officer Benevolent Protective Association.