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Archive - Jun 13, 2013
The good news is, we're talking about it. The bad news is, we're talking about it. Again.
The high-profile cases of sexual assault in the military just keep on coming. And along with them comes the stunningly retro way in which they are handled.
Our latest example comes from the U.S. Naval Academy, which confirmed last Friday that they are investigating three academy football players for the sexual assault of one of their fellow classmates.
Imperialism doesn't pay. Of course, it never did for the common folk recruited to invade another country, or the natives they conquered. But still, the thought persists that occupying foreign lands -- particularly as in the case of Iraq, soaked in oil as well as blood -- is a winner.
You see glistening mermaid sightings on Animal Planet more than you catch glimpses of vintage John McCain on Capitol Hill.
But there he was Tuesday, succinctly saying what needed to be said about the scourge of sexual assault cases in the military.
In his recent speech on terrorism and national security, President Barack Obama performed superbly as explainer in chief, a role in which he often hasn't succeeded. It may not matter much.