Did anyone believe for a moment that an Army brigadier general was going to go to prison and lose his considerable pension for abusing a subordinate who was his longtime mistress? Or for misusing his government-issued credit card to facilitate the affair?
Don't be naive.
Even before the military prosecutors’ case against Brig. Gen.
We're talking about a culture where commanding officers overturn actual rape convictions because they feel like it.
We're talking about culture so sexist that it routinely punishes victims of sex crimes rather than the perpetrators.
We're talking about a culture so wrongly invested in the idea that it can police itself that common-sense proposals like taking sex crime investigations out of the chain of command and putting them into the hands of military lawyers are seen as undermining the very soul of the military. (And a male-dominated U.S. Congress that agrees.)
So what charges did
And what were the charges that stuck? According to my colleague David Zucchino, Sinclair pleaded guilty to adultery, mistreating the captain, misusing his government charge card in order to pursue the affair, disobeying an order not to contact the captain, making sexist comments about other female officers, impeding an investigation by deleting sexually explicit emails to and from a civilian woman, possessing pornography in a war zone, conducting inappropriate relationships with two other female officers and improperly asking a female lieutenant for a date.
How does an officer who has done all that receive only a reprimand and a $20,000 fine?
That's a question our military leaders and their congressional overseers should be asking themselves.
This is a sad day for justice.
But it's a tragic day for the women of the