New Venezuelan Education Law Calls For Socialism To Be Used As A Teaching Tool

A recent change to the Venezuelan education system has prompted more Socialism to be introduced into the school systems in Venezuela, effectively brainwashing children from a very young age.

Such favorites include pictures of genocidal maniac and mass murderer Che Guevara and odes to Cuba, jeers to America.

Poll: Just 1 In 4 Republicans Want Jeb Bush To Run For President, Many Slam As “RINO”…

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Heartache.

Via Washington Examiner:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, considering a 2016 presidential bid, does not have the support of his party’s base, with just one in four Republicans eager for him to run and an even worse 18 percent of self-identified conservatives backing his bid.

With the GOP considering a slew of conservative potential candidates, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, a new Economist/YouGov poll found that among the right, Bush is considered too moderate.

A word bubble produced by the poll showed the hurdles he faces entering the presidential race. The acronym RINO, or “Republican in name only,” is prominent, as is “legacy” and “Bush,” and the polling firm said that the public isn’t keen on having a third Bush presidency. [...]

“Bush’s ideology — or lack of it — forms part of his overall Image,” said the poll memo. “‘Moderate’ is one of the positive words people use to describe Bush; but it is also one of the words used by those who have an unfavorable view of the former governor. So is the acronym ‘RINO,’ Republican in name only. ‘Conservative’ appears hardly at all among those with positive views of Bush, but it is there among those who dislike him,” it added.

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Japanese Outraged Michelle Obama Skipping Trip To Country With Husband After She Recently Visited China…

Pissing off our top allies seems to be an Obama specialty.

Via CSM:

When Japan scored Caroline Kennedy as the new US ambassador to Tokyo last year, Japanese officials and media were ecstatic. That President Obama had named such a globally recognized figure and the daughter of a widely beloved and glamorous president to represent the United States in Japan was seen as a sign of the country’s enduring importance to Washington.

But that was then. Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China.

The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to Japan on a state visit in 18 years, but never mind: Michelle’s absence has thrown Tokyo into a tizzy.

Media commentators, social media discussions, academics, even some officials, named and unnamed, are wringing their hands over Mrs. Obama’s decision to sit out not just Japan but her husband’s entire eight-day Asia trip, which will also take in South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

At least one miffed member of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, has gone so far as to become snarky – so not like Japan – and intimate that the president’s solo travel must say something about the state of the Obama marriage.

But for most of those doing the chattering, Mrs. Obama’s absence is a woeful sign of Japan’s retreat from the top tier of America’s allies.

No doubt the first lady’s no-show would have disappointed and prompted speculation under just about any circumstances. But what has really thrown the Japanese for a loop is that her failure to grace Japan with her presence comes within a month of Mrs. Obama’s widely covered trip with daughters, Sasha and Malia, to (shudder at the thought) China.

To the Japanese, the sight of Michelle jumping rope with Chinese kids, feeding pandas, trying out tai-chi, and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, was more than insult added to injury. It was proof of China’s ascendency to the top rung of America’s strategic priorities and Japan’s fall to second class.

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Some State Legislators Think They Can Spend the ‘Savings’ From Medicaid Expansion

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They still haven’t read ACA

Via NRO

States continue to consider whether or not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and some are trying to shut the door on it — tightly. The Kansas legislature, for instance, has indefinitely barred the governor from expanding Medicaid; it’ll take the legislature affirmatively voting for the expansion at some point to reverse this.

But its next-door neighbor, the state Missouri, seems to be heading in another direction. Governor Jay Nixon argues that not expanding Medicaid means the state is losing millions of dollars – as in, by not increasing the number of Medicaid recipients, which will cost the state money, the state is losing out. Yes, at first the federal government will cover 100 percent of the cost of the expansion (though the state would still have to foot the bill for administrative costs). But after three years, the federal government will reduce its subsidy to 90 percent of costs — assuming it keeps its commitment over time in the face of its own financial problems. Some Missouri politicians are so convinced this actually involves spending less that Republican state senator Ryan Silvey proposed a “Missouri Solution” that explains what to do with the money “saved” by the expansion.

I have bad news for the state politicians thinking like Silvey: First, there are no free lunches. The money for the Medicaid expansion comes with strings attached — mandates and rules dictating how the states should spend their money, what services they should provide, and how they should provide them.

State officials should know that already, because that’s pretty always how the federal government operates. In a 2012 article from Governing, George Mason University professor Paul Posner explains that “there are more than 950 federal grants that provide the vehicle for most federal mandates, rules and regulations affecting the states.” In fact, he explains, “They . . . are the principal constitutional vehicle that allows Congress to adopt policies beyond its enumerated powers in such areas as education, law enforcement, community development and social services.”

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Detroit: Relatives of Defendants Who Nearly Beat White Driver To Death Laugh In Court As Prosecution Describes Attack…

Revolting to say the least.

Via Detroit News:

Four men will stand trial in the beating of Clinton Township motorist Steven Utash, following a raucous hearing Monday in which some courtroom onlookers blurted objections and laughed at a description of the near-deadly thrashing, and a defendant made an obscene gesture to a photographer.

Latrez Cummings, 19; James Davis, 24; and Wonzey Saffold, 30, were bound over for trial on charges of assault with intent to commit murder. A fourth defendant, 17-year-old Bruce Wimbush, waived his right to a preliminary exam during the hearing in 36th District Court and will face a trial.

Max Mohr, Utash’s brother-in-law, said he was disgusted by the courtroom behavior.

“Why would you laugh about someone being in the hospital?” Mohr said. “To make a mockery in the courtroom … what can you do?”

The four allegedly were part of the group that beat Utash on April 2, when he left his truck to check on a boy he hit after the 10-year-old darted into the truck’s path.

A weapons charge against Saffold was added after witnesses said he brandished a gun during the incident.

All the defendants are in jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

During Monday’s hearing court deputies admonished onlookers for talking. One man was removed from the courtroom.

Saffold made an obscene gesture to a photographer.

A group whose members described themselves as relatives of the defendants laughed when Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey read aloud Saffold’s description of how the mob kicked and punched Utash.

Report: Al-Qaeda Seizes Control of Secret U.S. Base In Libya…

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More blowback from Obama’s Libyan adventure.

Via Daily Beast:

A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.

In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used by groups with direct links to al Qaeda to foment chaos in post-Qaddafi Libya.

Last week, the Libyan press reported that the camp (named “27” for the kilometer marker on the road between Tripoli and Tunis) was now under the command of Ibrahim Ali Abu Bakr Tantoush, a veteran associate of Osama bin Laden who was first designated as part of al Qaeda’s support network in 2002 by the United States and the United Nations. The report said he was heading a group of Salifist fighters from the former Libyan base.

In other words, Tantoush is now the chief of a training camp the U.S. and Libyan governments had hoped would train Libyan special operations forces to catch militants like Tantoush.

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IRS Pays More Than $1 Million In Bonuses To Workers Who Owe Back Taxes…

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Unreal.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service handed out $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues — including more than $1 million to employees who didn’t pay their federal taxes, a watchdog report says.

The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said 1,146 IRS employees received bonuses within a year of substantiated federal tax compliance problems.

The bonuses weren’t just monetary. Employees with tax problems received a total of 10,582 hours of paid time off — valued at about $250,000 — and 69 received permanent raises through a step increase, the report said. The report looked at bonuses in 2011 and 2012.

Employees’ tax problems included “willful understatement of tax liabilities over multiple tax years, late payment of tax liabilities, and underreporting of income,” the report said.

“We take seriously our unique role as this nation’s tax administrator, and we will strive to implement a policy that protects the integrity of the tax administration system and the reputation of the service,” IRS chief Human Capital Officer David Krieg said in a written response to the audit.

The IRS said it has instituted a policy to take conduct into account when handing out bonuses to senior executives. Making that policy apply to all of the agency’s workers would require negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union.

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USPS To Issue Forever Stamp Commemorating Pedophile Harvey Milk

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He’s a mayor alright.  The mayor of having sex with children town.

Via LA Times:

Harvey Milk, the slain politician who became an icon of equal rights not just for the gay community in San Francisco but across the nation, will be commemorated in a forever stamp next month, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday.

The stamp’s issue will coincide with Milk’s birthday on May 22. The stamps will be available in sheets of 20 and may be pre-ordered.

The image on the stamp comes from a circa-1977 photo taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Milk in front of Castro Street Camera in San Francisco. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Va., oversaw art direction for the stamp.

The stamp comes a little more than 35 years after Milk’s assassination in San Francisco City Hall alongside then-Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978. Milk had won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977.

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Harry Reid’s Not-So-Veiled Threat: “Something Is Going To Happen” To Stop Cliven Bundy…

Do tell, Harry.

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land.

“It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.”

Militarized Police May Be In A Town Near You

Full battle rattle SWAT, all they are missing is an MRAP

Via Watch Dog

A New Mexico Watchdog story about a 30-second commercial for the police department in Hobbs has drawn national attention, with a well-known author and civil libertarian criticizing the ad running on television stations across the state emphasizing aggressive, military-style policing.

But Radley Balko points out the Hobbs video isn’t unique. In fact, the author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,” gives examples of police departments across the country who showcase recruiting videos that highlight the ”shoot ‘em up” aspects of the job.

“Now ask yourself: What sort of person would be attracted to a career in law enforcement based on the images and activities depicted in that video? And is that the sort of person you’d want wearing a badge and carrying a gun in your neighborhood?” Balko asked in the online edition of the Washington Post.

“The video isn’t disturbing only because of the type of police officer it’s likely to attract. It also suggests that the leadership in the Hobbs police department believes that these are the aspects of police work most worth touting — that this is the face they want to project to the community,” Balko said in the civil liberties and the criminal justice blog that he writes called “The Watch.”

Hobbs isn’t alone. Balko said the video is part of a trend and offered seven other examples from around the country.

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Lib Rag Salon: White Belly Dancers Are Racist, “It’s Arab Face”…

Add “white belly dancers” to the long list of things deemed racist by the left.

Why I can’t stand white belly dancers — Salon

Google the term “belly dance” and the first images the search engine offers are of white women in flowing, diaphanous skirts, playing at brownness. How did this become acceptable?

The term “belly dance” itself is a Western one. In Arabic, this kind of dance is called Raqs Sharqi, or Eastern dance. Belly dance, as it is known and practiced in the West, has its roots in, and a long history of, white appropriation of Eastern dance. As early as the 1890s in the U.S., white “side-show sheikhs” managed dance troupes of white women, who performed belly dance at world’s fairs (fun trivia: Mark Twain made a short film of a belly dancer at the 1893 fair). Many white women who presently practice belly dance are continuing this century-old tradition of appropriation, whether they are willing to view their practice this way or not. [...]

“It’s Arab face,” my friend Nadine once said, pointing at an invitation from a white acquaintance of hers. The invitation was printed on card stock and featured the woman and a dozen of her white friends dressed in Orientalist garb with eye makeup caked on for full kohl effect and glittery accessories. We wanted to call these women up and say, “How is this OK? Would you wear a dashiki and rock waspafarian dreads and take up African dance publicly? Wait,” we’d probably say, “don’t answer that.”

Class Warrior Barack Obama Dines On $370 Sushi…

Now, back to railing against “income inequality.”

Obama Skipped Aunt’s Funeral, Went Golfing Instead…

If a Republican president skipped his aunt’s funeral to go golfing he would be flamed endlessly by the media.

Via Weekly Standard:

President Obama did not attend the funeral of his late aunt Zeituni Onyango. Instead, he went golfing.

The New York Times reports:

After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.

Weeping before a polished wood coffin at her wake this past Saturday, they described Ms. Onyango, the half sister of the president’s father, as “the spirit of the Obama family” and talked about raising money to send her body back to Kenya. Mr. Obama helped pay funeral expenses and sent a condolence note, Ms. Onyango’s family members said, but the president did not attend, as he was golfing.

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Could Detroit Host 2016 Democratic Convention? DNC Asks For Proposal

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Debs wants a city to show the Democrats success in governing

Via Detroit FREEP

Will Democrats nominate their choice to succeed President Obama in party strongholds such as Chicago, Cleveland and New York City?

Or how about Detroit, Indianapolis or Columbus, Ohio?

The Democratic National Committee sent a letter Monday to 15 mayors asking them to submit proposals to host the party’s 2016 convention. In addition to the six cities named above, letters were also sent to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.

The cities will have until June 6 to submit the “request for proposal,” and the DNC hopes to make a decision by the end of this year or early next.

“This quadrennial convention is not just the place where we will nominate the leaders of our party and our country, but it is also an opportunity to provide our Host City with a chance to showcase its community on a world stage,” DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in her letter to the mayors.

Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, also said Democrats want a host city that “shares our values of equality, inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity.” She said the DNC wants the convention host city to have “strong relationships with organized labor and those they represent” because of the security and construction issues that are related to putting on the event.

Political conventions mean big bucks to the host city. There was an estimated economic impact of $164 million to the Charlotte area, which hosted Obama and the Democrats in 2012.

Some of the cities — such as Columbus – have made no secret about wanting to welcome Democrats in 2016. Las Vegas is one of the six cities in the running to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Jimmy Carter To Obama: Leave Russia Alone!…

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Jimmy Carter wants America to coddle its enemy? Shocker.

Paris (AFP) – Former US president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday the West should not impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people over their leaders’ actions in Ukraine.

“So far, we have limited the sanctions to the leadership of Russia, and I think that is the proper approach,” the Nobel peace laureate told AFP on the sidelines of a discussion in Paris on climate change.

“I don’t think we would go so far as to impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people.”

The statesman was taking part in a meeting with students as a member of The Elders group set up to promote human rights around the world.

US Vice President Joe Biden earlier warned Russia of “more costs” and “greater isolation” if it continued to “pull Ukraine apart”.

Pakistani Christian Man Killed After Refusing To Convert To Islam…

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Oddly, there seems to be a lack of stories about Christians killing Muslims who refuse to convert to Christianity.

Via Christian Today:

A young man named only as Haroon, 22, has reportedly been shot and killed for his faith by a Muslim co-worker in Pakistan.

According to a news release from the advocacy group the Center for Legal Aid and Settlement in the UK (CLAAS), Haroon had recently started work in Lahore as a road sweeper, where he worked alongside Muslim security guard Umer Farooq.

Farooq mocked Haroon’s Christian faith on a daily basis and tried to persuade him to convert to Islam. He told Haroon he was good looking, and should embrace Islam.

Farooq also promised Haroon a prosperous life and marriage to a rich Muslim woman, but Haroon did not care about these things and refused to convert.

When Haroon told his father what was going on, he advised him to ignore Farooq. On April 16 2014 Haroon went to work. Farooq again started a conversation about religion and began pressurizing him to embrace Islam.

CLAAS said Haroon asked Farooq politely why he was so keen for him to convert.

Harroon refused to convert, saying he was a follower of Jesus Christ. Farooq then shot Haroon, with a bullet hitting him the head, killing him on the spot. He la ter started shouting that Haroon had attempted suicide.

NASA: “Climate Change Is The Challenge of Our Generation”…

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Why did NASA branch off into global warming alarmism?

Via NASA.gov:

Observations of our home planet – and improving life on it for every resident – have always been at the core of NASA’s mission, and this year we’ll demonstrate that in multiple ways with a remarkable five Earth science launches.

NASA ventures into space not only to explore beyond Earth – we also venture into space to get to know Earth better. It’s only from space that we really get to understand our home planet.

In 2014, for the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth Science missions will be launched into space in one year. Together with NASA’s existing fleet of satellites, airborne missions, and researchers, these new missions will help answer some of the critical challenges facing our planet today and in the future: climate change; sea level rise; access to freshwater resources; and extreme weather events.

These new missions highlight NASA’s role as an innovation leader in Earth and climate science. They’re helping us build a constantly expanding view of our planet from space and are backed by an exceptional team of experts and decades of innovative scientific and technical research.

Back in February, we successfully launched the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory with Japan’s space agency. GPM inaugurates an unprecedented international satellite constellation to produce frequent global observations of rainfall and snowfall — revolutionary new data that will help answer questions about our planet’s life-sustaining water cycle and improve weather forecasting and water resource management. [...]

Climate change is the challenge of our generation, and NASA is uniquely qualified to take on the challenge of documenting and understanding these changes, predicting the ramifications, and sharing information about these changes for the benefit of society.

Race Baiter Oprah Winfrey Taunted Stepmother: “Negroes In The House. Negroes In The House”…

Confirming what we already knew, Oprah is evil.

Via Daily Mail:

[N]ow, Barbara is breaking her silence and speaking publicly for the first time about her devastation at what she regards as Oprah’s callous and calculated betrayal.

In an emotional and wide-ranging interview Barbara has given her account of the dispute, reveals the part Oprah played in ‘destroying’ her marriage, and gives an excoriating insight into the woman behind the global brand.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline she said, ‘I have lost everything. It’s not just a house, this is my home. All my memories are here.

‘I’m trying to keep it together but there are some days I just don’t understand how I could have made her so angry that she would kick me out on the street and think nothing about it. But that’s Oprah – she’s judge and jury.’

And when she and Vernon arrived at Oprah’s Chicago condo on one occasion she recalled, 
‘Oprah got on the intercom and announced, “Negroes in the house. Negroes in the house.”

‘She thought it was funny. I thought it was insulting. I’m older than her. I know what it means. She was reminding us of our low class.’

According to Barbara, ‘I’ve seen what happens to people when they step out of their place and fall out with Oprah.

‘It wasn’t unusual over the years for her to fly to her house in Hawaii, call Gayle and say, “Fire so and so and so and so and so and so.”

‘She never says a word to that person herself. She never tells the person why. She never gives the person the chance to defend themselves and all the “gifts” are snatched back.’

Pausing, Barbara shook her head: ‘You know I sometimes feel sorry for her because she’s created this world for herself and really, it’s a mess.

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Benghazi Attack Could Have Been Prevented If Obama Regime Hadn’t Allowed $500 Million In Weapons To Flow To Al-Qaeda

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Treason.

Via Daily Mail:

The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn’t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.

‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.

She blamed the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants.

‘Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,’ Lopez claimed. ‘They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed.

‘The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.’

The weapons were intended for Gaddafi but allowed by the U.S. to flow to his Islamist opposition.

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Investigation Clears Fort Carson Leader Suspended Over Alleged Insensitivity, Discrimination

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They wanted a sensitive Brigade Commander for the deployment to Afghanistan

Via Stars and Stripes

Army leaders suspended an Afghanistan-bound Fort Carson commander over allegations of insensitivity toward sexual assault victims and gender discrimination before an investigation cleared him last month.

The investigation into the conduct of Col. Brian Pearl is detailed in a 361-page report released to The Gazette on Monday under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

The report shows that three female officers in Pearl’s 4th Brigade Combat Team came forward with the accusations after a Feb. 18 focus group on sexual assault policies with a women-only audience.

The report offers a view of military struggles with the burgeoning issue of sexual assault, along with the complexity commanders face in addressing what is one of the most sensitive issues in the nation.

Top military leaders, including Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, have mandated increased training for troops on sexual assault prevention in the face of a hurricane of criticism after a report last year that estimated 23,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact throughout the military.

The report released Monday is the first time the Army has revealed details of why the senior leader was suspended on the eve of a combat deployment and missed leaving with his soldiers March 6.

“I feel that I am being discriminated against on gender discrimination … by Col. Brian Pearl,” one of the accusers, a captain, wrote in an official complaint.

The captain, whose name was redacted from the report along with other witnesses, called for Pearl, a 25-year veteran, to be relieved and the allegations were taken seriously: The colonel was suspended and didn’t initially deploy with his unit.

That was an unprecedented step for the Army, which is reluctant to pull commanders as the soldiers they train head to war.

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