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Australia’s David Morrison Shames McCaskill and Levin

“I will be ruthless in ridding the Army of people who cannot live up to its values.” – Australia’s Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison [h/t Gawker]

Carl Levin could learn a lot from Australia's Army chief David Morrison.

Carl Levin could learn a lot from Australia’s Army chief David Morrison.

CARL LEVIN should be forced to watch Australia’s David Morrison. Senator Levin is not fit to wash his boots, and neither is Senator Claire McCaskill, who voted with Levin in keeping sexual assault investigations within the chain of command.

“The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.” – Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison

That goes double for Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, who disgraced herself on this vote.

Senators Levin, McCaskill, including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and most of Republicans, are all accepting the standard of the status quo, leaving sexual assault victims to predators, which includes the U.S. Armed Forces chain of command.

Under intense fire, Senator Carl Levin wrote an op-ed for USA Today.

The committee adopted this legislation as an alternative to a proposal to take away from military commanders the authority to prosecute cases of sexual assault and other serious crimes and put those decisions in the hands of military lawyers.

… Removing commanders’ authority to prosecute actually threatens to make prosecutions less likely. The evidence shows that commanders are more likely to order courts martial in difficult cases than military lawyers who might hesitate to bring cases in which conviction is uncertain.

Senators Carl Levin and Claire McCaskil, along with their collaborators, have left sexual assault victims hung out to dry.

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7 Responses to Australia’s David Morrison Shames McCaskill and Levin

  1. June 14, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Aire Claire is a disgrace. period.

  2. Betsy June 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    I often wonder if women like Claire McCaskill were victims how would they vote on this. She really does an injustice to women in the military. These people never seem to amaze me. I’m getting fed up with the whole bunch of them. Term limits is definitely needed.

    • June 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      agreed on the term limits idea.

  3. Cujo359 June 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Lt. Gen. Morrison’s speech was also a good demonstration of how to start a change like this in an organization. He left his people in no doubt that he supports reporting of harassment incidents. If his actions live up to his words, I think that change will happen pretty fast on this issue.

    • Taylor Marsh June 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      What a contrast w what we saw.

      • Cujo359 June 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

        Do you mean in contrast to our own DoD? Yes, that contrast couldn’t be more stark. There are general officers in our service who are just as capable of such candor when they want to be, and they haven’t on these issues.

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