It’s an interesting situation – out of 11 four-star generals, he’s third in terms of seniority. The case apparently involves an affair with someone not on active duty or a civilian employee of the DoD. He’s been separated from his wife since spring 2004 and finalized the divorce very recently.
If the American Taliban of the extreme right are determined to cleanse the military of all immoral sex, I suppose this shows that they’re not afraid to make their point with the highest officers.
After all, despite “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the urgent need for arab-language linguists, the active search for homosexuals in the military has been brought to a furious pace under Bush.
Interesting AP article at http://www.gaylawnet.com/news/2002/mi02.htm#army_dismisses
Also check out http://www.yaleherald.com/article.php?Article=3482
[quote]YH: What is your opinion of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?
Hughes: I’m firmly convinced that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is actually bad for our military and is detrimental to our national security as a result. I think our military readiness would be much improved if we did not kick out the talent we have been losing through the policy. The data really speak for themselves. Soldiers have been kicked out of over 161 crucial military specialties, especially the Arab linguists last year. Right now we’re hiring foreign nationals to do our Arab translations even at the level of intelligence. That strikes me as being a very unhappy state of affairs.[/quote]