June 1, 2010 Leave a comment
There was a really interesting item in the Post today about how the US Air Force seems totally incapable of getting its house in order. Don’t really know much about the issue, though, this does make two USAF posts in less than a week, but I knew Big Steve would find it interesting and had probably not come across it on his own. Well, thanks to my intervention, he’s written the blog post I would’ve if I actually knew anything about this stuff:
1. Uphold the honor code and to include sexual assaults as part of dishonorable conduct. To borrow from Saturday Night Live’s update routine: really? Really? Realllllly? Just having to say this–that sexual assault should be considered as part of the things one is forswearing is just appalling. And the fact that Schemo says that accountability must apply to those who are well connected screams that the system is still very, very broken.
6. “Don’t use Jesus as crazy glue.” My favorite quote of 2010! “But there is no earthly reason for the academy to host weekly Bible study classes by outside groups, some of whose philosophies dangerously blur the distinction between military service and missionary fervor.” Schemo notes that religion should not be “fodder for unit cohesion.” So, even after all the controversies, no progress at all on this.
That is a great quote. I’m going to have find the occasion to use that one myself. And, I love this conclusion (I can’t resist being told “job well done”):
I am pretty sure ‘lil Steve passed this on to me because he knew I would go ape@#$#@$. Job well-done, Steve. If our academies, or at least this one, are creating officers who seem to believe that the rule of law does not apply to them, that those who criticize are enemies of the military, that the will of Congress can be thwarted, then perhaps civilian control of the military (at least of the USAF) is genuinely in crisis.