If Hollywood wanted to script a movie about the current leadership of the U.S. military, the titles could range from “Men Behaving Badly” to “How I Committed Some Crimes and Still Got Promoted.” The first might end up in the adult section and the second as a training film, but both would tell the story of the sad ethical state of military leadership in the United States.
The end result of one of the latest sexual assault scandals to hit the Army came during a tumultuous time for the military as lawmakers on Capitol Hill pushed for military legal reforms and the latest Pentagon study revealed a sharp increase in sexual assaults. The hard-liners in Washington who wanted to see Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair go to prison did not win and neither did the victim, as the sexual assault charges were dropped for a plea deal, which resulted in his demotion to lieutenant colonel with full retirement benefits. He also has to pay a $20,000 fine. While Sinclair pled guilty to adultery and numerous other lesser chargers that left him without facing jail time, the accuser --- a female captain he served with in Afghanistan --- still sleeps with a gun under her pillow and testified she “has a hard time feeling safe.”