Cultural Revolutions

Enough is Enough

The heinous crime that was perpetrated against a 12-year-old girl by three American marines on Okinawa has harmed many people: the young girl and her family; the three men, whose lives will be blighted by the consequences of their crime; the reputation of the American forces overseas; Japanese-American relations; and indeed the American people.

But what is the most painful consequence of this event for our country? It is the abrupt departure of a distinguished naval commander, whose only association with the event consisted of a few truthful if tactless words spoken after he had already condemned the rape. Admiral Richard C. Macke, commander of United States forces in the Pacific, was forcibly retired by our senior civilian warlord, William Perry. Was Admiral Macke in any way involved in the offense? Could he be accused, like his unfortunate fellow admiral Frank Kelso, of having hampered an investigation or attempted to sweep offenses under a rug? No, he could not. Like Admiral Kelso, but unlike Messrs. Perry and Clinton, Macke has a distinguished career in the Armed Services. But that did him no good: no amount of distinction or service to the nation can compensate for transgression against the commandments of political correctness and sensitivity.

Actually, Admiral Kelso's "offense," if offense it was, was protracted over a period of months, in that he did not proceed with the utmost rigor against the simply...

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