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August 10, 2005

Torture Not As Bad As Adultery, Apparently


A strange story on the front page of today’s Post says something about Pentagon priorities:

In a rare move, the Army relieved a four-star general [Kevin P. Byrnes] of his command amid allegations that he had an extramarital affair with a civilian, Army officials said yesterday. […]

A spokesman said Army officials could find no case of another four-star general being relieved of duty in modern times. […]

The Army has been hurt over the past year by detainee-abuse cases and has been accused of not going after top officers allegedly involved in such abuse. Army officials said relieving Byrnes was meant to show the public that the service takes issues of integrity seriously.

There’s got to be something else going on here. Regardless, this action isn’t going to do much to demonstrate seriousness about holding officers accountable for what goes on under their command.

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