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A SFC who was working in sex abuse education was running a prostitution ring on Fort Hood? Someone needs to stop making this stuff up. Oh, that’s right, you can’t make up stuff like this. I am surprised that SecDef Hagel isn’t slugging four stars as they walk in his office, and then giving them ...

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A SFC who was working in sex abuse education was running a prostitution ring on Fort Hood? Someone needs to stop making this stuff up. Oh, that's right, you can't make up stuff like this.

I am surprised that SecDef Hagel isn't slugging four stars as they walk in his office, and then giving them noogies and banging their heads into the wall. This of course comes on top of the allegedly butt-grabbing AF LTC who was his service's sexual assault czar. Can you imagine the damage a guy like that could allegedly do during a year-long tour at Bagram? ("ILB because someone has enough time during their deployment to run this website.") And probably has.

Part of the problem: For years, the services have been dumping non-performers into EO and sexual harassment billets. In other words, they weren't taking this stuff that seriously. Now they are reaping what they have sowed.

A SFC who was working in sex abuse education was running a prostitution ring on Fort Hood? Someone needs to stop making this stuff up. Oh, that’s right, you can’t make up stuff like this.

I am surprised that SecDef Hagel isn’t slugging four stars as they walk in his office, and then giving them noogies and banging their heads into the wall. This of course comes on top of the allegedly butt-grabbing AF LTC who was his service’s sexual assault czar. Can you imagine the damage a guy like that could allegedly do during a year-long tour at Bagram? (“ILB because someone has enough time during their deployment to run this website.”) And probably has.

Part of the problem: For years, the services have been dumping non-performers into EO and sexual harassment billets. In other words, they weren’t taking this stuff that seriously. Now they are reaping what they have sowed.

Or, as Gen. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told reporters yesterday, “We’re losing the confidence of the women who serve that we can solve this problem. That’s a crisis.”

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. Twitter: @tomricks1

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