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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Orwellian Military Values

From the front page of the Washington Post:

The Army sets an example of their moral standards, by relieving a four-star general of his command for allegedly having an affair...
Having an extramarital affair can be deemed adultery and a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. But such cases rarely go to court-martial and usually end in administrative punishment such as a letter of reprimand, according to military lawyers. Relieving a general of his command amid such allegations is extremely unusual, especially given that he was about to retire.
While admitting their lack of discipline for their leaders who condoned torture...
The Army has been hurt over the past year by detainee-abuse cases and has been accused of not going after top officers allegedly involved in such abuse. Army officials said relieving Byrnes was meant to show the public that the service takes issues of integrity seriously.
And continue to contradict themselves once more...
"We all swear to serve by the highest ideals, and no matter what rank, when you violate them, you are dealt with appropriately," said one Army officer familiar with the case.
Speaking of abuse... Could this logic be any more tortured?

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