Six days ago, I asked a question, Is DoD Waging War on Men?, and proceeded to highlight the cases of five members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have faced, or will soon face, prosecution on a variety of charges, with most falling under the “sexual assault” umbrella. The following day, I highlighted U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Mo.) desire to see an Air Force general fired for doing the right thing. Today, I offer another sad update on “Claire Bear” and her inexcusable actions, including the fact that she owes an Air Force officer an apology.
On Tuesday, Senator McCaskill announced she is proposing legislation to curtail the authority of military commanders to override court-martial convictions involving sexual assault charges and publicized the fact that she had met with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh “to discuss her ongoing efforts to address sexual assaults in the military.”
Just after 2 p.m. Central, I received a news release from the liberal Democrat in which she virtually screamed out, “Rape is the crime of a coward—and rapists in the ranks are masquerading as real members of our military” before adding, “The focus of our efforts should be on effective prosecution. There’s no reason a General who’s never heard the testimony of factual witnesses should be able to wipe out a verdict with the stroke of a pen.”
I’m not a lawyer, but it appears Senator McCaskill owes an apology to Air Force Lt. Col. James H. Wilkerson III, the man whose guilty verdict on a sexual assault charge was overturned by Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, commander of Third Air Force and the convening authority over the case. And she could still face defamation charges afterward!
Upon what do I base my assertion? For starters, the fact that Colonel Wilkerson was never accused of rape by anyone during his prosecution on sexual assault charge at Aviano Air Base, Italy, where he was serving as the 31st Fighter Wing‘s inspector general in November 2012 when he was accused of aggravated sexual assault.
Heck, not even Kim Hanks, the 49-year-old physician’s assistant who took her case public for the first time this morning during a segment broadcast on NBC’s TODAY Show, accused him of rape. So where does Senator McCaskill get off making such slanderous accusation? No doubt, Colonel Wilkerson’s attorneys will ask that question.
Final thought: For anyone, especially residents of the Show-Me State, to claim they’re surprised by Senator McCaskill‘s antics would be disingenuous. Everyone knows she is simply grandstanding and pandering to the far-left in her party. Stay tuned for more as I understand Colonel Wilkerson has hired a very good attorney for Round Two.
Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.