Posted on Mar 8, 2015
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In the military we live by the mantra "Lead by example". When I look at the news there seems to be an ever increasing trend of high profile leaders (civilian or military) that do not follow this creed. Recently retired Gen. Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he mishandled classified information. Additionally the former Secretary of State has admitted to using her personal email to send potentially classified information while in office. I look at these examples and ask myself would the outcomes be the same if it was an E-4, W-2 or O-3? Where is the equality in justice? Is it ok for our military leadership and elected officials to break the rules and get off with what amounts to a slap on the wrist but if an E-4 committed the same act what would happen? Would they receive the same punishment for the same act? What are we teaching our military if we do not hold to one standard for all regardless of rank and position?

Patreaus Pleads Guilty: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/03/david-petraeus-pleads-guilty-classified-information-paula-broadwell

Hillary Clinton email: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/03/hillary-clinton-email-revelations-why-it-matters
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
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This is the question that got me excused from two years worth of social actions briefings. ;)

I was much happier doing my job than sitting in a room being lectured about inappropriate conduct at a time when the Commander in Chief was promising a subordinate a high paying pentagon job in return for sexual favors.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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That is a cute couple :)
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SSG Disabled Veteran
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She is a convicted felon who appears to be missing $80,000,000.00 from the dollars people sent in to Wounded Warrior. Probably went to buy him medals
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PO3 Aileen Dodge
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And you possible SSG retired? Know nothing and obviously must have voted for the ACTIVE RUSSIAN OPERATIVE currently sitting in the White House pretending to be the AMERICAN President of what I am hoping will remain the United States of America!!!
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Yes sir, MAJ (Join to see), there is a double standard. There is a level at which a soldier becomes a politician, and politicians are always convinced they can do no wrong.

There's an E-6 in Leavenworth, who was getting his wick trimmed at the same time as Slick Willie was playing "hide the salami" with Monica.

But I'd have to say this is more of a problem with our society, than with the military, in spite of obvious examples. Is anything ever the fault of the person who caused it any more? How many months ago was it that a man just HAD to argue with the cops instead of quitting what he was doing, then managed to lose his life in the confrontation and it's not HIS fault? And I'm sure we could go on for hours, with examples of people who willingly risk their lives rather than just stopping whatever they are doing.

But I thank you for reminding me of my favorite political statement:

I'm not voting for Monica Lewinsky's ex-boyfriend's wife!
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