The Leadership Crisis in the US Army Continues


By Christopher W. Holton

We were first exposed as a nation to the terrible leadership at the head of the US Army after the Fort Hood Jihadist massacre when then Chief of Staff of the US Army General George Casey uttered an incomprehensibly insensitive and stupid comment. Here is what Casey, who, by the way, opposed the highly successful Surge in Iraq, said in the wake of that terrorist attack:

“As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well,” Several months later, in a February 2010 interview, Casey said, “Our diversity not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

The apparent crisis of leadership in the US Army only increased during the tenure of General Martin Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey, who studied poetry graduate school, presided over the abandonment of the battlefield in Iraq that facilitated the rise of the Islamic State and also set the stage for the abandonment of the battlefield in Afghanistan.

But neither of these two shameful leadership failures can hold a candle to what we have now seen the US Army do to one of its finest NCOs:

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland had his appeal denied by the Army as he seeks to prevent his forced discharge from the service. The chain of events stems from his participation in the beating of a pedophile Afghan local police official who had chained a local boy to his bed and repeatedly raped him…

General Patton must be spinning in his grave…



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