Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wonkette editor Ken Layne told Weigel that he had placed Stuef on probation.
The post has since been updated with an apology from Stuef:
UPDATE: I regret this post and using the word “r****ded” in a reference to Sarah Palin’s child. It’s not nice, and is not necessary, but I take responsibility for writing it. For those who came and are offended by this post: I’m sorry, of course. But I stand by my criticism of Sarah Palin using her child as a political prop.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Pentagon’s exoneration of Gen. Stanley McChrystal in connection with remarks attributed to him and his staff in a magazine article last year points to continuing civilian-military tensions and raises the question of why he was really fired from his post as senior US commander in Afghanistan.
According to the Department of Defense inspector general’s report, which was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and reported Monday by the New York Times, “The evidence was insufficient to substantiate a violation of applicable DoD standards with respect to any of the incidents on which we focused.”
The most serious of these violations concerned Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, known as the “contempt toward officials” offense. The article, which prohibits uniformed officers from using “contemptuous words” against the president of the United States and other top civilian officials, is meant to buttress the increasingly tattered principle of civilian control over the military.
The article, which appeared in Rolling Stone magazine in June 2010, quoted McChrystal and senior members of his staff making contemptuous remarks relating to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other senior administration officials.
McChrystal was quoted in the article as stating, “Are you asking me about Vice President Biden? Who’s that?” To which an aide is said to have retorted, “Biden? Did you say ‘Bite me.’”