Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) openly joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Tuesday to address and fight against sexual assault in the military. Outrage was sparked when the Pentagon released its annual report that highlighted up to 26,000 military members reported cases of sexual assault, which is an increase of 7,000 cases from last year!
Senator Paul became the fifth Republican to sign on to the proposed legislation which will require "all sexual assault charges to be removed from the military chain of command and handled instead by independent, military prosecutors."
"Some say that we have no bipartisan cooperation around here, and I disagree," Paul said. "I think this is a great example of how people from both sides come together and are willing to work on a problem and look honestly at what the problem is."
The legislation already bore the approval of Senator Cruz. He said that he was convinced by the arguments made during debate in the Armed Services Committee:
"I was persuaded by Sen. Gillibrand's exceptionally passionate and able advocacy," he said.
Other Republicans include Senators Chuck Grassley, Susan Collins, Mike Johanns and Lisa Murkowski.
"This is not a Democratic idea. It is not a Republican idea," Gillibrand said. "It is a good idea that meets the needs of the victims, creates transparency and accountability and creates the needed objectivity that this issue deserves."
Roger Wicker (R-MS) said, "I don't' think it can move forward…We can do a lot better, but to take the commanders out of the chain of command is not a step that we need to take. It would be unnecessary to resolve the problem and would be harmful, I think, to good order and discipline in the military."
Both Senators were blasted by The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol as he referred to Gillibrand's legislation as undermining the military's chain of command and calling the issue a "pseudo-crisis."
The Obama administration thinks Gillibrand's proposal is a bad idea. This probably should tell us all we need to know. Earlier in the week Barack Obama made a statement that could end up setting free sexual predators in the military.
Obama has also been the one to remove "Don't ask, don't tell," allowing for open homosexuals to serve in the military. What no one is telling anyone is there are a large number of male-on-male sexual assault occurring, alongside male-on-female assaults. In fact, among the men reporting sexual assault, in only 2% of the cases are their attackers women. That means that 98% of the sexual attacks occurring in the American military are occurring at the hands of other men.Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.