Before I begin this post, this shall be my last one. For reasons satisfactory to me I have decided that it is time to move on. John Noonan gave me my start at blogging and I have found it to be a great outlet; both intellectually and emotionally.
I will continue to blog, at my own blog http://vmitownie76.com, occasionally at Sic Semper Tyrannis, and other blogs, where occasionally I make an appearance. I shall continue to read OP-FOR and may from time to time make a comment or two. I would urge some of the regular commentators to contact JPP if they wish to blog. Again it has been a real pleasure over the year.
This is not a new issue, in the 90’s we read about Tail Hook, and with the exception of a flag lieutenant all those assaulted were workingwomen of Las Vegas. It would appear the services have learned nothing since.
What appalled me during Tail Hook and what appalls me now, is that males in the military think so little of women that they feel it is their right and duty to sexually assault them. This is about respect of fellow service members; this is about treating our fellow service members with dignity. Have we so lost our ethical moorings that we can distinguish right from wrong?
But if the actions of service members towards female service members is just wrong; then the action of leaders in the military in treating it as nothing more than boys being boys is morally reprehensible. Overturning courts martial convictions has brought the UCMJ system in the cross hairs and frankly it is time to strip Commanders of the right of overturn convictions, to decide who is tried and who isn’t tried, and choosing of panels. The argument that we need these tools to preserve good order and discipline is hogwash. I would support if Commanders were doing their job; they aren’t. There are too many cases of Commanders overturning the finding of a Courts Martial, of not prosecuting, and unduly trying to influence the decision of the Court. For this the services only have themselves to blame.
Boys will be boys is a bull shit argument; I was taught early on we treat each other, to include women with dignity and respect; that they are not just sex objects. Unfortunately this lesson needs to be relearned by far too many wearing the uniform.
Lastly, I don’t know what happen at Benghazi, but what I do no know is the House of Representative is turning it into a political witch-hunt with no interest in finding out the truth but rather to present competing political spins. This is wrong but given what I have seen from the House of Representatives it is not surprising.