The Congress was also more interested in examining long-standing positions by military and diplomatic officials that yielded few new results, Mr. Kaine said in several recent hearings. ‘We have to say the same thing over and over again,’ he said, ‘because the results show that it does not work to deal with sexual assault, but that it did not work in some of these military missions and it does not work. necessarily in other areas. ”
“Let’s go out of platitude mode,” he said. Kaine added.
There are perhaps few areas in which Congress has repulsed generals more openly than in the current movement to overhaul the way the military handles sexual assault cases by taking them outside the commando chain and allocating them to military prosecutors. While me. Gillibrand and others have been campaigning for such a system for years, a majority in Congress has accepted the claim of military leaders that such a move would undermine discipline.
But me. Gillibrand now has more votes than she needs to pass such a measure, including among those who once voted against her proposal, and she recently urged Representative Michael R. Turner, Ohio Republican, to pass a measure in the House.
“Senator Gillibrand has the opportunity to do something rare in Washington today: deliver a transformative, dual and two-chamber solution,” he said. Turner said.
Such changes – as well as those driven by Congress to better integrate women into all aspects of combat and military life – also reflect broader societal shifts, as the military, as always, reflects American culture.
“These things are all connected,” said Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator who served as secretary of defense under Mr. Obama served. ‘Who makes the decision to send men and women to war? Who judges their behavior? It has to come from society. This is how we live and react to each other. ”
Although Republicans should be expected to fight with Democrats over funding the Pentagon and other national security issues, the era of backlash against the omnipotence of generals now seems ingrained in the culture of Congress.