In the last couple of weeks, some articles have caught my attention:
So it seems that a Colonel, the paragon of marine-ly virtues, has been charged with sexual assault on a minor, possibly as young as 6 years old.
And a mustang no less, according to some sources.
Here’s my question:
How many people has this guy buried over the course of his career (considering the total control that he possesses over thousands of men to a level that approaches the power of a king) for sleeping with high-school cheerleaders, and he goes and does this?
Of course, all of the (obviously impartial) comments on any of the military websites, from Marine Corps Times to Leatherneck.com, are crying “Innocents until proven guilty” from the mountaintops, conveniently forgetting that he gave no such presumption to the innumerable people he took stripes from for much smaller offenses.
Now this fine officer and gentleman is a shining example of what it means to be a marine. No doubt he spent his career as some superior officer’s bulldog. He was the guy you gave the problem children to in order for them to be broken. Of course, this would always lead to “outstanding” FITREPs, and the bulldog ends up with his own command. The problem is, he doesn’t understand that, while sometimes you need a bulldog, nobody needs (or wants) one all the time. As a result, the bulldog is now loose, and proceeds to make life hell for everyone around him because he thinks that is the way it’s supposed to work.
This third entry in our usmc leadership-palooza actually came as a shock to me. In my experience, MALS tended to be a little more laid back. (I served in 3 of them, 2 of which had changes of command while I was there, so I actually had 5 different squadron commanders)
MALS marines have a lot asked of them at work, and then they have to deal with all the extra marine-ly stuff. Field day, uniform inspections, all that stuff fits in after working 12+ hour days all week. As a result, some of the other stuff got let go. Little things like field day formations, squadron PT, etc.
The fact that this guy managed to screw up running an outfit that will pretty much run itself speaks more loudly to his incompetence than I ever could. The fact that this guy made Lieutenant Colonel says all you need to say about the kind of people the marines appoint to leadership positions.