Defense Secretary Hagel tells West Point cadets they must stamp out scourge of sexual assault

  • Article by: MICHAEL HILL and LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 25, 2013 - 1:43 PM
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fatredneckMay. 25, 13 5:21 PM

We've way oversold the idea that the military is a "career" just like any other. Most people (of either gender) simply don't think that it's a good idea to put their lives in the not-so-thoughtful hands of our military leadership. Those that do think that way are going to have behavioral attributes that aren't acceptable in civil society. In fact, if they didn't have those attributes I would worry about the ability of our military to go out and efficiently kill our nation's enemies. At some point we're going to have to recognize that an undercurrent of thuggery in all its various forms is present in our military, and may be essential for the troops to succeed in their mission in combat. Recruits beware.

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bblheadMay. 25, 13 9:23 PM

Believe it or not, there still exists a spirit of patriotism and loyalty. Much like any other segment of society, there are good and bad aspects of the military. Wrong is wrong, whether civilian or military. As society evolves, so must the military.

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stpauloldiesMay. 26, 13 1:41 PM

The violent crime rate in the military is FAR lower than that of the civilian sector. In the overwhelming majority of these cases, there is no evidence whatsoever that a crime took place other than the accusation of the accuser. It sounds to me like this administration is ordering commanders to convict and punish more men every time they are accused of sexual assault by a woman, whether there is any evidence or not. Frankly, I think this was a pretty inappropriate speech for the venue involved. The vast majority of commanders will never be faced with a sexual assault case in their entire careers. Hagel should have talked about something more relevant to what these new Army leaders are about to face as the military moves into the 21st century. Of course, Hagel is a liberal clown in favor of completely eliminating our military, so he shouldn't even have been invited to speak to members of our military leadership.

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