Political correctness is on a collision course with gender politics in Washington as two Democrat senators gear up for a civil war over military sex assault cases.
With military sex cases making headlines almost daily, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., wants to move authority over alleged sex assaults out of the normal chain of command – where criminal cases have been handled since George Washington’s day – and into the hands of military prosecutors.
He’s siding with military officers – most of whom are still men, even now – who say the command structure exists as it does because it’s the best way to ensure the military can perform its mission.
Since that mission is primarily killing those who would kill Americans if they could, the military has had some leeway in how it does things over the past 250 years or so.
The New York Times, though, doesn’t like that much. In an article headlined, “A Sex Assault Measure to Be Cut from Bill,” the
“newspaper of liberal record” frames the conflict in “boys-against-the-girls” terms.
“Mr. Levin’s decision to support military brass in their resistance to Ms. Gillibrand’s proposal sets up a confrontation between a long-serving chairman of the committee with strong ties to the armed forces and a relatively new female member — one of a record seven women serving on the committee — who has made sexual assault in the military a signature issue.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is still keeping another woman from rising in the military, The Times reports. McCaskill has put a hold on the nomination of Air Force Lt. Gen. Susan Helms to be vice commander of U.S. Space Command because Helms overturned a military jury’s conviction in a sex assault case in 2012.
Helms’30-year career includes being the first American military woman in space, several space shuttle flights and a stint at the International Space Station. She has declined to publicly explain why took the action in the case of an Air Force captain who was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a female lieutenant.
The senator and general have met privately, but McCaskill is still not satisfied, according to Stars and Stripes.
Female Democrat vs. male Democrat. Female Democrat vs. female general.
Whatever happened to identity politics?
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