The Washington Post reports that three more generals are being punished (I say “punished” in the way that generals are punished and not in the way that regular people get punished) for misconduct. They are; Army Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the commander of a strategic counterterrorism force on the Horn of Africa; David H. Huntoon Jr., the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and Joseph F. Fil Jr., a former commander in South Korea and Iraq.
Two officials familiar with the case said Baker was investigated for allegedly groping a female civilian employee after he had been drinking.
The inspector general’s office said it did substantiate allegations of misconduct against Huntoon but would not describe them or comment on the Army’s statement.
Records show that the Pentagon inspector general also upheld misconduct charges last year against Fil, another three-star Army general and former commander of the Eighth Army in South Korea.
Fil was allowed to retire last year. Huntoon is also being allowed to retire. I guess the most worrying part of this is that Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, submitted as his solution to this obviously huge problem, that generals and admirals get some power point presentation on how to behave in public and apparently that hasn’t worked. But there’s something fundamentally wrong with a bunch of flag officers who don’t know that groping women is wrong, although we’re not sure that Huntoon and Fil were relieved for that, but Baker certainly was fired for that reason.
I can’t even imagine how long a class on ethics would last that could teach grown men my age to behave themselves. Unless the class was supposed to follow them around for every moment the rest of their career.