Michael's Dispatches34 Comments
- Published: Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:55
02 October 2012
Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair recently was sent home from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Sinclair was charged by our own military with forcible sodomy (rape), inappropriate sexual relations with several female subordinates, multiple counts of adultery, stealing government money, and the list goes on.
While it is almost true in America that a man is considered innocent—in the eyes of the law—until proven guilty, the extraordinary charges made by our own military is already a death sentence for Sinclair’s current and future career.
The circumstance is demonstrative of the malignant leadership that is bringing shame to the military, while spilling blood unnecessarily on the battlefields. Either Sinclair really did these things, or he did not do these things and is wrongly accused. Either way, the military is covered with slime.
Slime likes to surround itself with slime so that it looks normal. And slime oozes downhill.
Consider this video showing an active duty Master Sergeant harassing an elder who must be pushing 90 years.
The two stars of this video are an unnamed senior citizen and active duty Army Master Sergeant C.J. Grisham, wearing sunglasses, holding a voice recorder. Grisham is a journalist who gets a paycheck as a soldier.
The video was forwarded by a concerned citizen:
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In 2011, I publicly warned numerous times that Grisham was unstable and should not be sent to Afghanistan, including, “C.J. has no business deploying or holding a weapon.” He was deployed to Afghanistan.
Months later, on the cushy base called Kandahar Airfield, Grisham started cracking shortly after his arrival. His tour was cut short. Grisham was shipped home from Afghanistan in 2012 after complaining about stress, claiming that he could not sleep and that his hand was shaking uncontrollably. He also published a desire to kill me, all while raising money for Soldiers’ Angels, an organization whose finances are in question.
Grisham cracked under pressure despite that he never left base. He saw no combat.
His credentials from Iraq are suspect but he uses those to boost credentials as a journalist. The Army allows their employee to identify his employer in his writing and podcasts. And so he can accurately be called an official Army spokesman, though that is not his official job.
In Iraq, the Army employee received an award for questionable actions on the same date that Jessica Lynch received the same award. Jessica’s medal later was acknowledged as fraudulent. The Pentagon made it all up. Grisham seldom misses a chance to brag about his medal, yet he refuses to publish the unredacted citation.
Grisham the journalist was recently terminated from the YouServed podcast program that he co-hosted. Comments that he made were astounding, such as encouraging the commission of potential criminal activity.
Grisham broadcasted about something that he has been accused of in the past: faking PTSD, and using it as an excuse. During the PTSD podcast, the subject was conveniently forgetting things you do not wish to be confronted with.
Grisham: That’s right. For the rest of our lives, as combat veterans, we can pretty much get away with anything. You just blame it on PTSD, [TBI] or your combat experience. All the explosions and memory losses, it’s perfect. [laughs]
Grisham: I’ve been avoiding the hospital; I have some documented PTSD but not memory issues, yet.
There are big bucks involved in getting PTSD. Money for life. In another podcast, Grisham encourages someone to carry a weapon in a way that can be a felony. A listener says he was denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon because he was receiving psychological treatments. Grisham’s advice:
Grisham: Here’s the thing. I’ve got some advice for Tim. This is from C.J., here. You don’t need a stupid piece of paper from your government to tell you that you can hold a gun. Let me just bring that out right now. It’s sad that he can’t get this thing, but here’s my philosophy here.
I’m not giving out any legal advice and I’m not encouraging anyone to break the law. If you’re a law abiding citizen and you need a weapon for personal protection which I think these days all of us do, especially with all these economic problems – people are trying to make up their losses somewhere – then you need to carry a gun.
If they’re not going to issue it to you “legally” then by golly just put the dang gun on anyway. Who’s going to know unless you do something wrong? Now, if you’re defending yourself, the Second Amendment is there. It says that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.
By setting qualifications on who can and can not hold a gun, they are infringing on a right to keep and bear arms. Therefore, he’s perfectly legal to do it. So Tim I tell you to go out there. Don’t even worry about your permit. Although you probably can’t buy a gun legally.
Does the sponsor, VA Mortgage Center, know how their racehorse is making them look? Who would do business with a company that sponsors this sort of advice and behavior?
The guy seldom misses a chance to say that “faggots” are unfit for combat, yet Grisham himself is as delicate as rose petals. While this guy was deployed to Afghanistan, he spent his time blogging, journalizing, and whining of fears, while causing problems for people who were focused on the war.
This fragile guy is in the intelligence field, with a Top Secret clearance, yet the Army allows him to encourage people to commit potential felonies that could land them in prison.
Is it any wonder that our own government does not trust military intelligence, and why the title “General” (we have about a thousand officers of that rank) has started to sound like the title “Regional Manager”? After watching the Grisham debacle for more than two years, the term “Master Sergeant, Military Intelligence” rings with no more authority than “Foreman, Lemonade Stand Operator.” This is not only an indictment of Grisham and clan, but of the Army itself.
That Grisham is a senior sergeant is evidence of failed leadership under the likes of people like Sinclair (in a different command), and that Brigadier General Sinclair was promoted to the stars indicates that others above him are either equally poor judges of character, or share similar characteristics, or are wrongfully charging him.
We cannot expect to prevail in wars when we are deploying weak, morally questionable rose petals, who sabotage our most able troops.
Sinclair was part of the same command that ended my last embed, after I repeatedly voiced safety concerns not about the Taliban, but about Grisham and his cohorts, one of whom physically accosted me in my tent. This is high-stakes misconduct in a combat zone.
Grisham fell under the same command as Sinclair. (RC-South.) This dangerous, undisciplined climate has made it impossible to embed with the U.S. Army for concern of catching a bullet in the back.
The cases of Sinclair and Grisham are accounting dust on the real balance sheet of sticky and oozy. Take 4-star General Kip Ward, recently busted for stealing government money, or the bizarre case of a General’s son named Colonel James Johnson.
Johnson, who graduated from West Point, had an affair with an Iraqi woman. The specifics around this affair were a major ethics violation and OPSEC risk. He stole government money, and spent tens of thousands of dollars on what amounted to his prostitute, ethics violation, and OPSEC risk. Meanwhile, he filed for divorce from his wife. This is the simple, watered down version. Johnson got off with a hand slap, as did 4-star General Kip Ward, who was busted to the position of a mere 2-star General.
And then there was the case of the married submarine captain who faked his death to end an affair. Every case in this dispatch comes from 2012. There are enough more to write a book.
Why do these senior ranking officers get off so easily? Is it because they know so much about each other that nobody wants to raise too much stink?
Many people ask why Grisham gets away with so much. On the scale of leadership slime, Grisham is a minor player. They probably do not notice minor inconveniences such as his encouraging people to break firearms laws, and to use PTSD as an excuse.
The Army has signed itself up for endless bad press by promoting scoundrels who make it difficult and unfulfilling to write about the good guys. Many of our best Soldiers continue to abandon the uniform. They want nothing more to do with the endless Sinclair, Ward, Johnson, and Grisham soap operas. Nobody wants someone like this to be in a position to stain their career, their reputation, and future, on some psychotic personal whim. Likewise, few writers will gamble their arms, legs, and lives only to have to deal with perpetual mental cases, whose criminality gets little more than a scolding, but which wastes the time of busy people who can write about many other topics without the danger and psycho-dramas.
It is no secret that many of our best troops have stampeded for the exits over the past few years, leaving behind a distilled incompetence as potent and flammable as grain alcohol.
We cannot face down worthy enemies by stuffing unworthy guys like this into uniforms, promoting them, and pretending that rotten rose petals are keeping us safe.
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This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThe good people of the U.S. Army needs to step up to the plate and say " Enough is Enough ". If I could hear & speak then I would sign up for military service but not under these crazy guys. We need rational & professional soldiers who are capable of not only combat in wartime but have good conduct in peacetime ( as well good conduct during wartime too ) People like Grisham should not even be in the military or even be speaking on behalf of the U.S. Army or even going to bat for the U.S. Troops. Personally, I think Grisham belongs in the military brig or state prison or the state hospital for the criminally insane. Why is Grisham not in one of the three places ?
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoRegarding Marines fighting Africa and Europe in WWII:
"“These were not large Marine formations, but were, for the most part, individual Marines and small detachments assigned to guard duty at the barracks and naval operating bases established in the United Kingdom, or men assigned as ‘sea-going’ Marines in the detachments of the large fighting ships,” Edwards wrote."
And this more detailed description:
Nothing akin to what Grisham is attempting to foist as the REAL history of the Marines in WWII on the Leatherneck he is confronting.
I am shocked that Grisham is ignorant on yet another subject but willing to harrass someone who disagrees with him.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoGrisham is such a tool. That guy is a disgrace!!!!
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoI have watched for years as Businesses had the habit of promoting their problem employees rather then deal with them with a reprimand. No one wanted to play bad guy or hurt anybodies feelings. Hence, I have seen many of these businesses suffer now with employees who don't pull their weight, businesses who no longer meet the needs of the paying public and loss of revenue with people no longer frequenting these establishments. Now it looks like the same problem has come to the military.
Until we grow up and realize there are reasons for standards, reasons to hold people accountable for their actions and some one gets a spine and leads for a change - things will continue to deteriorate. This is a problem that is spreading from businesses, through the military, our school systems and we wonder what the problem is. Maybe we should start by looking in the mirror to see how we all are failing to take responsibility in our own lives and then begin to hold our leaders accountable.
And we wonder what is wrong with our country and our lives.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoMichael, as always, thanks for the reporting.....my question is: How much of this is do the attitude of the top commanders, the joint chiefs and the commander in chief?
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoMichael, what will Eric Kurilla do?
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoI would sure like to see Grisham try that crap on an active duty U.S. Marine. What an A$$ harassing a true american hero.
Semper Fi my brother, you took the high ground and acquired yourself well.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThe Navy fires officers with regularity (albeit this include officers whose ships have been damaged under their command)and senior enlisted have not been immune either. I can't speak for the Marines. So why does the Army tolerate leaders who do stupid things?
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoGrisham is not only a jerk, but has no idea of the proper function of government. Schools and jobs? He must be a Democrat.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThe closed captions on the YouTube video is not working right.
My own observation for what it is worth. I am sure that 90 years old veteran has seen enough war to want peace. I can only visualize how the conversation must have gone with Grisham. I hope Grisham does not show his face in any of the American Legion or VFW bar establishments or he will see vicious up close and personal hand to hand combat that will give him a real case of PTSD and oh when Grisham shows up to the V.A. hospital to claim his PTSD benefits.Grisham should be denied and shown the door out or security personnel will beat the living shit out of Grisham behind the alley of the VA hospital.
Give Grisham a good old fashioned American ass kicking. 8)
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThat man could be chairman of the joint chiefs of staff right now and be a great improvemnt. It's a shame how far we've fallen from this sterling example of the greatest generation, intelligent, knowlegeable, stalwart and kindly ninety something year old veteran treating this unbalanced excrescence(with a top secret clearance!-heads should roll) with such tolerance.
No naval officer of his generation would've missed, for a second, those Russian battleships gleaming behind the Democrat podium, nor stood for their presence.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThanks for continuing to post on this subject. I enjoy the way you keep politics out of it. Too bad the largest veterans organizations haven't learned to keep themselves out of politics. The sooner we are all willing to look at these problems as Military problems the sooner we can address the issue. I am appalled at publicly posted comments implying these problems are the spawn of one political party or another. We are screwing over an entire generation of our military. They are voting with their feet. What impact does that have on the quality and readiness of our military?
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThis whole article while being a rehash of past grievances against the "Mouse Masher", is very demoralizing in that an active soldier is allowed to act out in this manner and no one seems to care in his direct command structure, which I find extremely appalling and scary :sad:
I have seen soldiers and airmen Administratively and Bad Conduct discharged for much less crimes than this pathetic character has committed :-?
This loon is a disgrace to the USA and the US military men and women who have served, suffered and died for our great nation :sad: Had I been near this despicable interview, I would have given the "Mouse Masher" a real case of PTSD on the spot, because he would have a case of visible "trauma" to go along with this "stress" :-*
I have been watching the series on the Revolutionary War and the horrible atrocities men and women suffered and endured to bring forth this great Federated Republic, and then to see this human paraquat running around calling himself an american soldier, is more that I can stomach :-x
On top on that I have to watch as the present goon squad in the White House works to further the destruction of our greatness and then let our American diplomats and military personnel languish in the ninth ring of hell, (the middle east) to be slaughtered with impunity while f-ing apologizing to the murderous Muslim radicals :eek:
I await with fervent hope in my lifetime for the return of The Lion of Judah, and let the reckoning begin 8)
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoMarines in Africa during WWII?
Congress passing resolutions in 1771?
You must be a historian Grisham! No? You're just a huge Tool?! Yeah you are. I hope you get your ass kicked soon loser.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoI"m not a soldier but I have to say the older gentleman who was the veteran for peace, just made Grisham look stupid and uneducated. Kudos to a man who is not only a class act but showed the difference between a real soldier and one who has no clue.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoGrisham clearly needs his ass kicked wherever he goes. One big continual ass kicking party that gives Grisham no rest from black and blue eyes, broken bones and Grisham should not walk upright. Break his shoulder in pieces so he can not salute a military salute or even be able to make a civilian hat over the heart salute. That man Grisham is a disgrace to the uniform and a disgrace to our country. Kick his ass forever.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThe one nice thing about the tape is that it memorializes MSGT Grisham's ignorance about a number of things. First and foremost is his ignorance of where Marines fought in WWII. While I don't completely agree with the gentleman being harassed by Ignorant Grisham, I recognize that he has a valid argument, knows history and has "been there and done that." Once again, the Greatest Generation kicked some ass. Good job, sir. And MSGT Grisham, go find the man and apologize for your boorish behavior. Most of your fellow soldiers must be ashamed of how you represent the US Army.
A Vietnam Vet
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThis is what happens when this false ethos of Politically correct behavior replaces the founding principles of our armed services
What happened to Honor, Self Respect, Dignified behavior? This Leftist "Politically Correct" disease that is Ruining not only our Military Institutions but our Country as a whole!!!!
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoI can't speak to the actions of the people you mention, although I have followed you long enough to trust what you write. I just wanted to let you know:
"leaving behind a distilled incompetence as potent and flammable as grain alcohol." Be forewarned, I'm plagarizing that line at some point. Sweet Lord... That's some good writing.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoAs a soldier, I am completely appalled at Grisham's behavior.
To the public:
I apologize on behalf of the rest of us in the U.S. Army.. This is not what right looks like and this is not how the majority of us act.
To my fellow soldiers:
First guy to whoop his ass and get proof gets a case.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoI would like to add to this. When law enforcement arrests Grisham. I hope the police officers lets the soldiers who beat up Grisham not be charged with physical assault and the judge tells the honorable soldiers to be excused while the judge throws the book at Grisham and slams the gravel hammer so loud that Grisham knows he is done and the correctional officers & prison warden throws Grisham to hardened convicts who are skilled in the martial arts.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoIn most walks of life, beit politics or business, most of todays problems are rooted in the dubious happenings of the hierarchy. Despite this judgement, as we have seen over recent years many soldiers in Afghanistan and elsewhere continue to serve with much distinction. That many are now standing down does not mean that those who remain are failures, plenty remain who do America proud. Alas Michael like many journalists today you are in thrall of the negative, it is not all bad.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years ago[quote name="Barry Sheridan"] That many are now standing down does not mean that those who remain are failures, plenty remain who do America proud.[/quote]
Yes that is true Barry, but the fact remains the BODY of the US military, especially the Army is sick, very sick, when the BODY is sick you must treat and heal the parts that are failing or wounded, before the the whole can function efficiently :-?
The same thing can be said for our great Federated Republic at the moment, we need a serious healing :sad:
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoI was assigned to COL Sinclairs's brigade in Germany, the 172nd Infantry Brigade, as my first assignment out of officer basic course in 2008. We later deployed to Iraq from Nov 2008-Nov 2009. I can say without a doubt that the most lasting lesson that I learned from COL Sinclair and most (but not all) of his battalion commanders was to get out of the Army as soon as possible.
"It is no secret that many of our best troops have stampeded for the exits over the past few years, leaving behind a distilled incompetence as potent and flammable as grain alcohol." You definitely hit the mark with that comment.
When the news broke about BG Sinclair, I was not shocked. Keep up the great work!
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoI have to wonder how this kind of thing becomes so system-wide. In reflecting on this, the response here is getting long, so I’m going to have to break it into parts.
To be sure, moral failures are not uncommon and I saw my share of them as a chaplain. But there is a difference between individual incidents of moral failure and a system-wide support of and cover up for moral failure. I see a couple things in play.
The availability of big bucks for ouchy-boo-boo injuries (I hardly consider them "wounds") fosters this. I witnessed a Marine being ordered to accept a purple heart for what was little more than a scratch. He was deeply embarrassed (he was wounded later with significantly more than just a scratch and he was grateful - it meant he could wear that medal honestly). But the officer gave the order because he knew what sorts of financial benefits accrue to those with that medal and he thought it a way to help provide for his Marine in the future - he wasn't thinking about honor, but benefits.
Another factor is this tendency to hand out awards like candy, many of them simply for showing up to work on time. A Marine who risked his life to pull another back after he'd been hit gets a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. I got one for balancing the chaplain department budget. True, he gets a "V" on his, but it still makes it hard for me to wear mine without blushing. Yet this practice fosters a sense of extraordinary accomplishment and entitlement among those who really haven't done anything. When running up against real heroes, it drives home the reality that one isn't Sgt. Rock. I respond by blushing and apologizing, others - and it seems Grisham is in this camp - essentially throw temper tantrums insisting that ordinary is extraordinary.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoIn and of themselves, the factors noted in part 1 would only generate some wide-spread incidents. They don't create a system in which these attitudes are normal. That comes when we consider who actually gets promoted.
The medal greaser goes up farther and faster, especially early on - those things are points towards promotions and not getting one can be a career killer for a JO. The honest, honorable guy who humbly puts forward the others as more worthy, asserts that he was just doing his duty and anyone would have done the same - he gets passed over.
When we reward ordinary excessively, when we punish honor and humility, when we look at awards in terms of future government benefits rather than symbols of honor, we get....MSgt Grishams.
I'm sure there are other factors (morale and the demise of a cultural consensus one morality also play a part), and I'm sure such rear-area heroes were a plague in previous wars - the logistics head in WW2 SHAEF was legendary and James Garner & Julie Andrews get caught up in it in THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY - but systemic problems have systemic causes, not mere incidental ones.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years ago"Forced sodomy". Perhaps that's a bit rough. It conjures up a number of none-too flattering images, but doesn't that charge include the American (and French) favorite the ubiquitous 'blow job'?
Given or received, it's become as American as apple pie, even in the White House.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoAhhh…we have a failure to communicate. If you were to be beaten, stripped of your clothes and sodomized, I suspect that you would find the experience a lot different from a sexual act between two consenting adults. But, on the other hand perhaps you DON’T see the difference. Buba Clinton doesn't.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoI don't know if you've already noted this, but it represents another failure of leadership at the top. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is recommending against demoting Gen. William Ward, the former head of U.S. Africa Command, whom he says should be allowed to retire at his full four-star general rank. Apparently its been on Panetta's desk for a long time. Man, what a difference a change in SecDef makes.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoSigns of decay are present within the military starting at the top.I could not command a unit as I once did because they would put me in jail.We will get through this with the help of people like you Mike keep up the good work.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThe Military Police needs to arrest MSGT Grisham. Dis-honorable discharge.
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoIt appears that, as of 2 9 Friday evening, the video link has been set to private. Not that I really needed to see any more of CJ...
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThanks for putting the video back up Mike/Webmaster ;-)
One question puzzles me here, and who is crazy enough to be this nutbag's collaborator, running the video camera :-?
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years agoThere is a curious selection process at work in the military. To pass above Colonel/Captain, you have to be approved by the Senate. I expect that the Republicans will more or less accept anyone that the military proposes. But, the Democrats are ideologically ridged. Witness the battles over Supreme Court nominees. I would expect Democrat Senators to accept only officers with ideology similar to them. I.e., John Kerry/Harry Reid/Teddy Kennedy clones. This is not to say they are not capable officers, but… when a Jihadist murdered 1 people at Fort Hood, Army Chief of Staff Casey said in an interview: “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, IF OUR DIVERSITY BECOMES A CASUALTY, I THINK THAT’S WORSE,” Casey said. And the damn fools (I use the term advisedly) STILL refer to what is clearly a terrorist attack as “workplace violence”.
There is another factor that I perceive to be at work. I live south of Fort Hood. I have met several retired Army officers who got out early because they would not serve for someone as loathsome as Bubba Clinton. (It’s a judgmental opinion: any man who forcibly rapes a woman is loathsome. Others find rape acceptable.) Those that remained in the service would be less inclined to take a stand on what is conventionally considered as right or wrong. They are not necessarily “bad people” but I think that your reporting shows the results of years of the aforementioned processes.
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