The military are control freaks. There is an obvious reason for that needed control; it is a huge machine that needs to keep things in order at all times. However, the military (all over the world) is very bad on admitting when they are wrong and when they need to change something quickly.
“Military Sexual Assault Bill Heads for Senate Vote”
“Legislation to curb sexual assaults in the military by stripping senior commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses is headed for a highly anticipated vote in the Senate.”
“The bill, which is expected to come up for a vote Thursday afternoon, is firmly opposed by the Pentagon's leadership, which argues officers should have more responsibility, not less, for the conduct of the troops they lead.”
“A solid majority of the Senate backs the bill, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., illustrating the deep frustration among Republicans and Democrats over the military's failure to stem the epidemic of sexual assaults in the ranks. Gillibrand, however, will likely need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster that would block the bill's passage.”
Read the whole thing here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/military-sexual-assault-bill-heads-senate-vote-22795087
The military brass is against this bill because they feel “officers need to be able to maintain control of their people”. Guess what? You currently do not have control of your people, and some of them are behaving very badly!
Something needs to be done, and while legislation is not necessarily the answer but there are not many real solutions being presented as of now. The military still struggles with sexual assault and the stats have gone up!
What are your thoughts?
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III