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Brig. Gen. Sinclair’s light sentence is likely to be a disaster for the military

The lack of any prison time for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair in the sexual assault case is a severe setback for the military’s efforts to retain control of the military justice system. Even enlisted soldiers are likely to be angered by the light treatment the general got.

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The lack of any prison time for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair in the sexual assault case is a severe setback for the military’s efforts to retain control of the military justice system.

Even enlisted soldiers are likely to be angered by the light treatment the general got.

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. @tomricks1

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