From this Huffington Post editorial by Sen. Claire McCaskill:
By that measurement, an alternative approach being proposed this week — one that would completely strip commanders of their responsibilities, including the ability to launch courts-martial — falls short. Here’s why:
It would leave a huge number of victims behind. Over the past two years, there have been at least 93 cases in which prosecutors declined to pursue charges, but in which a commander launched a court martial. And many of those courts-martial resulted in convictions. That’s 93 victims who would never have had their day in court if commanders lost the ability to bring a case to court martial. We’ve also found almost no cases in which a prosecutor wanted to pursue charges but was overruled by a commander. Stripping commanders of the ability to launch courts-martial seeks to solve a problem — commanders refusing to move cases forward — that we just don’t have.
As I said before, here, the former sex crimes prosecutor should be applauded for really learning about this issue. I can’t say I agree with all of her responses to this issue, see e.g. the nomination of LTG Helms here, but you have to give her credit for really trying to figure out the consequences of changes and not just proposing changes for political value.