Unfortunately, the latest benchmark isn't one to brag about:
A Navy admiral stripped Graf of her command of the Japan-based guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Cowpens in January. The just-released IG report concludes that Graf "repeatedly verbally abused her crew and committed assault" and accuses her of using her position as commander of the Cowpens "for personal gain." But old Navy hands tell TIME that those charges, substantiated in the IG report, came about because of the poisonous atmosphere she created aboard her ship
Bleep. Reading the article, one of the big problems in this mess is "How the hell did she get to this rank in the first place?" Yeah, I know, likely people without the balls to say "I don't care if she's going to bitch, she is not equal to this rank and job!". One of the things that stands out to me is this: She also allegedly put a "well-respected master chief" in "time out" — standing in the ship's key control room doing nothing — "in front of other watch standers of all ranks." One thing I DO know about the Navy is that getting to Master Chief generally means you're pretty damn good at your jobs; doing this to one, well, you'd better have damn good reason for it; and from the sound of this, she didn't. Very, very bad.
Add to all this where she was going next: Prior to the IG probe's release, the Navy had tapped Graf for a top job at the Pentagon following her Cowpens command. The Navy better stop this shit; not only is it very bad for the Navy in general, it'll get people killed.
Moving on, we have more rioting
President Obama & Co. have decided that the trial for Khalid Sheik Mohammed should be in a military tribunal; interesting change, isn't it? Chickenshits.
"That nut who shot those guards must've been one of those filthy teabagge- what? He's a truther? Then dont talk about him if you can avoid it."
Oh, those DOJ lawyers with a past record of terrorist assistance? Nice people, aren't they?
Last for now, because there's a couple of things that, again Deserve Their Own Post,
Borger: No. It's not a done deal, but you know what the president's going to come out and say is, this is the way it has to happen. We've got to have an up-or-down vote.
I was talking with a senior White House adviser today, Wolf, who put it to me this way. He said, "This is the last helicopter out of Saigon," meaning they have made a political decision that they're going to use their Democrats to get this through, because what they need, this aide says, is they need an accomplishment. And they believe that once this passes, people will begin to see the benefits of it, and it will not ricochet against them, but will work for them.
Mark Mardell, North American editor of the BBC, was watching and he blogged in response: "Fleeing a lost war is not the most optimistic metaphor for an adviser to adopt. And it still may go down in flames."
But could Mardell have misunderstood the analogy? Maybe the point of comparison is that the fall of Saigon was a communist takeover.