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This agenda seeks to bash military, lawmakers

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 24, 2013

These figures hardly paint a picture of military leaders hell-bent on protecting rapists. And in cases where clemency has been granted, the commanders involved haven't always been members of the “good ol' boys” club.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, James Taranto noted one military leader now under fire is Lt. Gen. Susan Helms. In February 2012, Helms granted clemency to an officer under her command who had been convicted by a court-martial of aggravated sexual assault. The case largely boiled down to a he-said/she-said dispute, but the accuser's testimony was contradicted on several points by witnesses. The accused was still forced to accept a reduced plea and involuntarily discharged.

Is it really plausible to argue that women in the military like Helms willfully turn a blind eye toward acts of violence against other women in the military?

The Agenda Project Action Fund claims one in three military women has been sexually assaulted. The group also claims 80 percent to 90 percent of rapes and other attacks on women in the military go unreported. The statistics are suspiciously high and conveniently unverifiable. Therefore, it's understandable that lawmakers heeded military leaders' requests to preserve the chain of command.

The Agenda Project Action Fund's agenda seems designed not to protect women, but to portray the average soldier as a vicious rapist and threat to his fellow Americans. Most Oklahomans join Inhofe in rejecting this grotesque caricature.