We have the lingering unresolved problem of some truly evil acts by a small number of folks in the military. The low-level folks are getting punished, but there is a curious lack of official interest in chasing the chain of responsibility up the chain of command.
So what do we get instead?
“In a rare move, the Army relieved a four-star general of his command amid allegations that he had an extramarital affair with a civilian, Army officials said yesterday.”
“A spokesman said Army officials could find no case of another four-star general being relieved of duty in modern times.”
“Having an extramarital affair can be deemed adultery and a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. But such cases rarely go to court-martial and usually end in administrative punishment such as a letter of reprimand, according to military lawyers. Relieving a general of his command amid such allegations is extremely unusual, especially given that he was about to retire.”
Sounds like a good definition of a scapegoat.