There are currently three high ranking military officers in trouble for alleged sexual misadventures. Unless you’ve just returned from the international space station, you’ve probably heard about former general David Petraeus’s schoolboy-like infatuation with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and General John Allen’s voluminous email exchanges with Jill Kelley, described by some as a “Tampa socialite” (an oxymoron?) and by others as a Real Housewife of Tampa.
But the third, General Jeffrey Sinclair, who really takes the cake. He is currently being court-martialed for the following charges: forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, attempted violation of an order, wrongfully engaging in inappropriate relationships, misuse of a government travel charge card, possessing alcohol and pornography while deployed, maltreatment of subordinates and fraud.
One of his apparent victims, an Army captain, testified last week that he threatened to kill her if she told anyone about an affair they had for some three years.
He was legendary for his mistreatment of women subordinates. When confronted about that, he allegedly said, “I’m a general; I’ll do whatever the [expletive] I want.”
Many of the allegations against the three generals involved their behavior while they were in positions of high responsibility in Afghanistan. Petraeus was the highest ranking general there. Allen replaced him. Sinclair was in command of the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division.
The conduct of these three men is deplorable and inexcusable on many levels, but here’s a point of view that I have not heard anyone yet express.
I have six children, who fortunately have not had to serve in the military. I can’t stop thinking about all of the families of soldiers who have died in Afghanistan. How would you feel if your son or daughter had been killed after being sent into harm’s way by one of these generals?
Your kids are dying. Meanwhile, General Petraeus is “All In”; General Allen is emailing his little Tampa socialite; General Sinclair is drinking, misusing credit cards and sodomizing women on the base.
When did these guys find the time to run the war?
“Duty, Honor, Country” is the motto of the US Military Academy (West Point)
Story of testimony that Sinclair threatened to kill a female captain
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