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View Diary: Retiring Gen. Byrnes Fired Four Days After Retired Gen. Irvine Decries Torture (110 comments)

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  •  I agree with you (none)
    The adultery rules on the military books are usually only selectively enforced. Typically senior officers will get the boot if they have an affair with a junior officer, an enlisted person, or a person of the same sex. An affair with a civilian will only get you into trouble if it is very messy and/or your spouse blows the whistle. But even then, they are usually quietly retired - not made into a front page headline.

    When I read about this the other day, my first thought was that he must have really pissed someone off - i.e. JCS or Rumsfeld.

    •  Retiring a four-star (none)
      a MACOM commander, is inherently attention-getting. You can't quietly retire someone of this rank. Ask Wes Clark.

      Man, the tinfoil hats are out in force.

      •  My point exactly (none)
        Wes was retired because he pissed off someone higher up than him.

        I'm not of the opinion that there is some tin-foil conspiracy to get him to not talk about anything, just standard military SOP for punishing an officer for something - and it wasn't for being seperated from his wife and having an affair with a civilian.

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