This apparent inconsistency in applying punishment goes back decades, advocates say.
More than a half-million former troops have other-than-honorable discharges, according to data maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“If American combat troops are not committed to destroy that standing army, the Islamic State will grow and prosper,” warns retired Marine colonel Gary Anderson. “Part of our problem is that we tend to look at this country by country, and it is not a country by country issue,” he said.In today’s wired world, lone wolves striking in Copenhagen and Paris—or small groups in Afghanistan and Libya—can give the impression of ISIS spreading like wildfire. Rather, it’s simply in keeping with 1979’s Carter doctrine, when that President made clear that the Persian Gulf was a vital national-security interest that the U. The flow of oil from the region continues to lubricate the world’s economy, and ISIS, by destabilizing the states in the region, could disrupt it.But that’s misleading because in all those places it represents a sliver of the local populace that, while a clear and present danger to the locals, isn’t a threat to their political control. military is now engaged in its third war in Iraq since 1991 not because ISIS represents a clear threat to U. Yet if the Pentagon’s top spies disagree over what to do about ISIS, what hope is there for the average citizen to figure it out? But Pentagon officials say Zinni and others advocating a bigger U. role in the conflict overlook key questions: While Iraq has allowed 3,100 American troops on its soil, it hasn’t granted permission for a larger force. “The area that they control, have influence, has actually grown and there’s not a lot of prospect in the near term of pushing that back,” he said. “I think the President is misleading when he says it’s either sending in a bunch of ground troops or `doing what I want to do’,” Thornberry said. leadership, and part of the challenge is when you place restrictions on what our people can do, how much they can help, then obviously you’re going to be limited.” Thornberry echoes a GOP refrain: that Obama is leery of using force.Before Devin Kelley murdered 26 people, including children, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Air Force knew he should be kept far from the reach of a gun.But the service failed to report his domestic violence conviction to the FBI, a move that would have restricted him from buying and owning firearms.
"Sentences typically skew light in crimes of violence than what you see in civilian world," he added, calling the appointment of a jury in a case such as Kelley's unusual and "disturbing." Severe child abuse carries a maximum sentence of five years in the military justice system, similar to a first-time offender busted for cocaine use, he said. Joseph Pugh, who was convicted of dereliction of duty for eating a granola bar containing hemp oil that later showed up in a drug test.