ARMY THREE-STAR TAPPED TO BECOME TOP
I.G. AT PENTAGON QUIETLY RETIRED AS MAJOR
GENERAL - DISGRACED JOSEPH F. FIL JR. SLIPS
OUT BACKDOOR TO NO FANFARE AFTER BEING
CAUGHT TAKING "GIFTS" FROM LOCAL KOREAN
BUSINESSMAN WHILE FIL HEADED UP 8TH ARMY
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The rot and corruption among flag officers of the U.S. military continues unabated.
Former LT GEN Joseph F. Fil Jr. is the latest senior officer to quietly slip out the backdoor to retirement after being caught taking "gifts" from a local businessman when he was commanding general of the 8th Army in Korea.
Fil, whose toxic leadership while in Iraq may have driven the late COL Ted Westhusing to take his own life, had been tapped to become - of all things - the Army inspector general at the Pentagon at the conclusion of his duties overseas.
An I.G. investigative report obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the Washington POST reveals that Fil wrongfully accepted a $1500 set of gold-plated pens, a $2000 leather briefcase and allowed a "family member" (could that have been his wife, hmmmm?) to accept $3000 in cash. All this, from a Korean businessman with ties to the U.S. military.
Reporter Craig Whitlock, one of the most decent and honorable members of the mainstream media, was the newsman who first reported this story. He deserves all our thanks and admiration.
Now, I hope that "kudos" from us won't cost him his job at the POST, since it just was sold. But if they are smart, the new owner will sign Whitlock up to a long-term contract. Craig is one of the best in the business.
Getting back to Fil, while the Army made an announcement that he was to get the Pentagon I.G. post, he never sat in the chair. Instead, he was busted one star and allowed to retire without fanfare.
Wonder why we think if a senior NCO or company grade officer got his tail caught in a crack like that, they'd have gotten a worse deal all around.
Different spanks for different ranks.