EDITORIAL

AN ABSOLUTE OUTRAGE! - COLONEL LET OFF
WITH FINE AND REPRIMAND - GETS TO STAY IN
ARMY - NO LOSS OF RANK - WEST POINT "RING-
KNOCKER" AND GENERAL'S SON RECEIVES SLAP
ON THE WRIST - IF EVER A CASE OF "DIFFERENT
SPANKS FOR DIFFERENT RANKS," THIS IS IT

By MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret)

© 2012 MilitaryCorruption.com

We were right (see related stories box below). But we wish for once that we'd been wrong, especially on this one!

If ever there was any doubt about that old adage DIFFERENT SPANKS FOR DIFFERENT RANKS, the case of COL James Johnson III proves a double-standard of justice surely exists in today's Army. The five-colonel panel who let the corrupt former commanding officer of the 173rd Airborne Regimental Combat Team get away with a disgusting "slap-on-the-wrist," ought to have their asses kicked and their names published in headlines.

Want to bet if any of them are "ring-knockers" of the "West Point Graduate Protection Society?" Is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear take a dump in the woods?

ENLISTED SOLDIER OR JUNIOR OFFICER
WOULD HAVE GONE STRAIGHT TO DB

COL Johnson, who earlier pleaded guilty to fraud, making false statements, bigamy and adultery - crimes that would have sent an enlisted soldier or junior officer straight to the Leavenworth DB - got the softest sentence we have seen in the 33-year span we wore Army green, rising in rank from private to field-grade officer.

Whatever happened to the regulation that reads an officer can only retire in the last grade he "satisfactorily" served in? Oh, yeah. We forgot. Johnson doesn't have to retire. He gets to stay on the payroll. Hell, with his connections, he might just make brigadier general after the smoke clears.

MilitaryCorruption.com is banned at the DB for obvious reasons. But we are glad that's the case tonight, because we weep for those prisoners who got sent there and their lives and careers destroyed because they didn't have "pull in high places" and a West Point ring on their finger. None of them have a retired two-star general as a daddy.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO "DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY?"

Whatever happened to what Gen. Douglas MacArthur said in his farewell address to cadets at West Point in 1962? Something about "duty, honor, country." Remember the motto: "We will never lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do." Guess they'll have to re-write that from the handbook, or toss it out entirely. COL Johnson has got the sweetest deal we have ever seen in any court-martial, anywhere. Incredible!

Here's what it boils down to. The beady-eyed skinhead, widely despised throughout the ranks as a screaming martinet who busted many a subordinate in his time, has to pay a $300,000 fine or do five years in prison. What a joke! Three hundred grand is chicken feed to him and his father. As for the rest of the "sentence" - an official letter of reprimand - how tough is that? Oh, my! We're shaking in our jump boots.

Johnson had better retire soon and be damn glad he gets to keep his pension and bennies. How could anyone render a sincere salute to a scumbag like him?

A DISGRACE TO THE UNIFORM

The crooked colonel stayed arrogant to the end. He told the court-martial panel his mistress, Haveen Al-Atar, was the center of his universe, while his wife of more than 20 years and two children looked on in the courtroom. What about them? Don't they count for anything?

His estranged spouse Kris - Johnson admitted forging her name on a divorce document - managed to get off one shot at her dishonorable hubby during a break in the proceedings at sentencing. "You're pathetic!" she shouted.

We agree. And he's also damn lucky. Now let him go live with his Iraqi whore.

 

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