WASHINGTON-Stars and Stripes had a damn fine Friday morning, one of which any newspaper would have been proud. The paper had a story about how the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under serious investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general for “a complaint of alleged misconduct.”
The investigators found that during Tibbets’ command of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., in 2017, he made inappropriate comments regarding women on two occasions; failed to properly report information about suicide attempts through his chain of command four times; used a government vehicle improperly and failed to report the value of autographed photographs that celebrities gave him, Air Force spokeswoman Erika Yepsen said…
“Wherever he went on base, people felt nervous in his presence and his holier-than-thou personality.”
The military doesn’t pose. The military doesn’t preen. The military doesn’t accept spittle-flecked, half-mad tirades as dispositive evidence. The military has its own problems with sexual assault, and obstruction, and all the usual crimes and offenses. But, in these two cases anyway, it is plainly cleaning up after itself. Go back through history and take a look at what happens to republics when the military becomes the most trusted institution in the government. Nothing good, is what happens.