Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
USA Today is reporting an increase in reported sexual assaults in the military. The number of assaults ‘jumped by more than one-third since 2010.” The
Pentagon Pentagram had this response:
The report’s findings, which the Pentagon acknowledges show that “sexual assault is a persistent problem and there is more work to be done,” comes at a time when the focus on this abuse within the ranks is growing in intensity. The Air Force reported Monday that its chief sexual assault prevention officer was arrested over the weekend for allegedly groping a woman.
The response implies that they have been working on the problem. It begs the question – did they start working on the problem in 2010?
President Obama went in a different direction with his response:
President Obama addressed the issue Tuesday at a news conference, saying that he’s stressing accountability among commanders and their charges. He encouraged victims to report the crimes, adding that as commander-in-chief, “I’ve got their backs.”
“We find out somebody’s engaging in this stuff, they’ve got to be held accountable,” Obama said. “Prosecuted, stripped out of their positions, court martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period. It’s not acceptable.”
First, “I’ve got [your] back” is just the thing to say to a victim. I feel like he was giving a thumbs-up while he said it. These are already federal ‘heroes’ that you send into battle – didn’t you have their backs already? What a joke.
Secondly – why the heck would you ever use the word ‘stripped’ in any comment on sexual assault?
Reality is a poorly written sitcom.