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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Thomas D. Waldhauser
More than two dozen former Marine Corps and Navy judge advocates are asking Congress to investigate the Corps' top officer for what they say is unlawful conduct in the Taliban urination cases.
The Marine Corps has suddenly dropped criminal charges against an officer in the infamous Taliban urination video case, heading off what promised to be an embarrassing pretrial hearing for the Corps’ commandant Wednesday.
Legal proceedings for Marines accused of urinating on dead insurgents in Afghanistan have been ongoing for many months. Only recently, however, has the Marine Corps disgorged documents that demonstrate criminal conduct by the commandant of the Marine Corps in attempting to unlawfully influence the outcomes of legal proceedings against these Marines. Documents obtained by attorneys in the pending courts-martial demonstrate that the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos, removed the authority to dispose of the cases from Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, whom he previously had appointed, after Gen. Waldhauser refused Gen. Amos' demand that the accused Marines be "crushed" and discharged.
A military judge did something extraordinary last summer when he ordered the Marine Corps' top officer to submit sworn statements in a sexual assault case. The answers from the commandant, Gen. James F. Amos, have some in Marine legal circles wondering whether he told the full truth.
Gen. Waldhauser said in a sworn statement that he could not follow that order.