The Corner

Re: Values Training

It is hard to protest, as senior military leaders have been doing in recent days, that our forces are 99.9% disciplined, professional and restrained (as they are) while seeing them all in need of some new “values training.”  How many need to be told not to kill innocent civilians?  It can’t but unintentionally insult them.  I am reminded of the Navy’s response to its Tailhook scandal following the ‘91 bacchanal in Las Vegas.  Owing to the actions of some drunken aviators, the kind of recklessly brave guys who don’t think the laws of gravity apply to them, the entire Navy was ordered to stand down for a day in order to be subjected to sensitivity training on sexual harassment.  While some of us were arguing that Tailhook miscreants represented an aberration, the Navy itself tarnished its ranks by seeming to acknowledge a far broader problem.  I think this defensive response was unfair to sailors then and is unfair to soldiers now. 

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