We have previously noted the evolving narrative that the military justice system takes care of its own and devalues the lives of Iraqi victims. This piece by radio host Rick Amato presents a counter-narrative.
One particularly clumsy part of the op-ed did make me laugh. When I became a Marine Corps judge advocate, the Harvard Law educated Brigadier General David Brahms was the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant. In an apparent attempt to build General Brahms’ credibility, Amato refers to him as “retired Brig. Gen. David Brahms, a military defense lawyer who served as technical consultant to the movie ‘A Few Good Men.'” What does it say about America’s over-infatuation with celebrity that being a consultant for “A Few Good Men” was considered more important than all of General Brahms’ other impressive attributes?