Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Maybe it really is a live boy...

4-Star General Relieved Of Duty

Yesterday I snarked this story, and speculated that there was buggery afoot. Today's WaPo story does nothing to cast doubt on that angle:
In a rare move, the Army relieved a four-star general of his command amid allegations that he had an extramarital affair with a civilian, Army officials said yesterday.

Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, 55, led the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., where he supervised the recruitment and academic programs at 33 Army schools, from basic training to the war colleges. Byrnes, who several military sources said had a previously unblemished record, was set to retire in November after 36 years of service.

The Army released few details about the decision to relieve one of its 11 four-star generals, with spokesmen saying only that Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, relieved Byrnes of his command on Monday as the result of an investigation by the Defense Department's inspector general. A spokesman said Army officials could find no case of another four-star general being relieved of duty in modern times.

Several defense sources familiar with the case, speaking anonymously because the investigation is not complete, said Byrnes is accused of having an "inappropriate relationship," and some described him as being involved in an extramarital affair.

Byrnes, reached by telephone at his home yesterday, declined to comment. His defense attorney, Lt. Col. David H. Robertson, said the allegation against Byrnes involves an affair with a private citizen. Byrnes has been separated from his wife since May 2004; their divorce was finalized on Monday, coincidentally the same day he was relieved of command, Robertson said.

"The allegation against him does not involve a relationship with anyone within the military or even the federal government," Robertson said, emphasizing that the allegations do not involve more than one relationship. "It does not involve anyone on active duty or a civilian in the Department of Defense."

Having an extramarital affair can be deemed adultery and a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. But such cases rarely go to court-martial and usually end in administrative punishment such as a letter of reprimand, according to military lawyers. Relieving a general of his command amid such allegations is extremely unusual, especially given that he was about to retire.

The consistent and careful gender-neutrality of the comments quoted above is a bit of a negative pregnant if you ask me.


Blogger sukabi said...

I've seen other speculation on this ranging from:

he got orders to be ready to receive and train as many as 50,000 recruits in a very short period of time - and put up a stink


he was part of a failed coup attempt to stop a DoD exercise from "going live" - this exercise is scheduled for this month in Ft. Monroe, Va... involves "terrorists" taking a nuke off a ship and a detonation... off the coast...

Those scenarios are a little more interesting than the sex angle.

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