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The Naval Academy has made a terrible mistake by waiving its "zero tolerance" of drug use for a football player who tested positive for marijuana use. What exactly makes the Navy, after punishing so many sailors for puffing a little weed, think this guy should be an officer? The Academy’s leadership — and I am ...

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The Naval Academy has made a terrible mistake by waiving its "zero tolerance" of drug use for a football player who tested positive for marijuana use. What exactly makes the Navy, after punishing so many sailors for puffing a little weed, think this guy should be an officer? The Academy’s leadership — and I am guessing the entire Navy’s — looks like a bunch of hypocrites.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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