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    (once we got past the unpleasantries) and for your service.

    I'm be straightforward and let you know that I shall continue quoting the number of victims at 26,000, as the Pentagon reports. I'm not convinced that the Generals were cowered by Senators from giving straight answers. They looked like they were incapable of any answers, like this problem was mostly new to them.

    What goes on in the Service Academies is the Generals' responsibility, as is what happens to the case of every victim of assault under their command. This is a command failure. The academies produce commanders.

    And, frankly, the DADT excuse sounds like the kind of red herring, blame-it-on-the-gays, that gets thought up by some jr. Repug in a cubicle in a right wing think tank and then bounced around the echo chamber.

    Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

    by deben on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 03:48:36 PM PDT

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    •  The problems in evidence here were already (1+ / 0-)
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      in evidence back in the 90s when the Tailhook scandal rocked the navy.

      In the supposed investigation there were sexual assault counselors who were trying to sleep with the complainants. I see nothing, absolutely nothing, that suggest the military has made an earnest attempt to change the culture and root out predators.

      I'm with you that the Generals didn't look cowed. They looked clueless and dumbfounded that any female senators  dared to ask them any direct questions about the problem. As if they expected their job was to go before Congress, answer a few soft ball questions and hear some some atta' boys, all for the camera's sake.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 04:26:58 PM PDT

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