A national defense analyst believes the Army has sufficient
evidence against a general who has been charged with adultery and
other sex crimes.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair had served as deputy commander in
charge of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne Division, a
high-profile unit of the Army. But he now faces possible
courts-martial on charges that include forced sex, wrongful sexual
conduct, possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed,
misusing a government travel charge card, and filing fraudulent
The 27-year Army veteran was serving his third deployment in
Afghanistan before being sent home in May. He had also served two
tours in Iraq and the first Gulf War.
"They've obviously done a
significant investigation here, and they have many witnesses, I
suspect," comments Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.). "Otherwise,
these charges wouldn't have been forthcoming against a senior
Maginnis, who now serves as senior fellow for national security
at the Family
Research Council, believes the Army is prepared to make an
example of Sinclair, if the allegations prove to be true.
"They are supposed to be the cream of the crop; they're supposed
to set the example. And clearly, if these allegations are true,
this general has obviously failed significantly to uphold the
reputation of the Army, has embarrassed the general officer corps,"
The next step will be an Article 32 hearing, which is a military
version of a grand jury.