- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lead prosecutor in the Army’s case against Brig. Gen. Sinclair was removed after he became persuaded that the government’s chief witness was lying about certain evidence. He felt strongly about it, saying to a superior, “She lied to me. She lied to me. She [expletive] lied to me. Why would she lie to me?”
Said superior officer visited him in a Washington-area hotel and decided that the prosecutor was going nuts. “I’ve never seen a human being so stripped of logic and rationality,” related Brig. Gen. Paul Wilson, the prosecutor’s commander.
(My side question: Why were two Army lawyers meeting at the Ritz Carlton? If they are on the taxpayers’ tab, I think Days Inn might be better.)
Meanwhile, the Bozo Prize for flat-out stupidity goes to BG Sinclair for having 9,100 pornographic images on his computer. To further confuse things, he is pleading guilty to some of the charges, but not to the most serious ones. I do not understand what that really means.
In other senior officer criminal news, an Air Guard colonel based in Pittsburgh has been charged with 100 counts of theft, conspiracy, and wire fraud.
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Gordon Lubold is a national security reporter for Foreign Policy. He is also the author of FP's Situation Report, an e-mailed newsletter that is blasted out to more than 70,000 national security and foreign affairs subscribers each morning that includes the top nat-sec news, breaking news, tidbits, nuggets and what he likes to call "candy." Before arriving at FP, he was a senior advisor at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, where he wrote on national security and foreign policy. Prior to his arrival at USIP, he was a defense reporter for Politico, where he launched the popular Morning Defense early morning blog and tip-sheet. Prior to that, he was the Pentagon and national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, and before that he was the Pentagon correspondent for the Army Times chain of newspapers. He has covered conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia, and has reported on military matters in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and Latin America as well as at American military bases across the country. He has spoken frequently on the sometimes-contentious relationship between the military and the media as a guest on numerous panels. He also appears on radio and television, including on CNN, public radio's Diane Rehm and To the Point, and C-SPAN's Washington Journal. He lives in Alexandria with his wife and two children.| Situation Report |