Wednesday, August 10, 2005

YOUR MILITARY'S INTEGRITY A post by Spencer Ackerman, copied in full from The New Republic's Etc. blog:
Yesterday, Army chief of staff Peter Schoomaker relieved General Kevin Byrnes of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command of his duties on the eve of Byrnes's retirement. The four-star general, who never before had so much as a blemish on his record, is accused of cheating on his (now-ex) wife.

Having an extramarital affair is against the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So is overseeing an interrogation regime whereby enemy combatants are subject to, in the words of two generals, "degrading and abusive" treatment--at least according to the military JAGs. And, one assumes, so is lying to Congress about what you did. (Actually, that last one may just be plain old contempt of Congress or perjury.)

Now guess which of these infractions gets you stripped of command and which gets
you either protected by your superior officer or even promoted.

The Washington Post provides the final kick in the teeth for Byrnes:

Army officials said relieving Byrnes was meant to show the public that the service takes issues of integrity seriously.

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