June 19, 2014

Hillary Clinton weighs in on key military issues: sex assaults, extending U.S. forces in Afghanistan

By David W. Barno, and USA (Ret.)

Source: Military Times

Journalist(s) Jeff Schogol

Former Secretary of State and possible presidential contender Hillary Clinton is supporting a proposal to have military prosecutors, not commanders, decide whether to prosecute sexual assault and other felony crimes.

Clinton, who has not yet said if she will run for president, also said she believes there is a chance that U.S. troops could stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has called for giving military prosecutors outside the chain of command of both alleged victims and accused service members the authority to pursue sexual assault cases and other crimes that are not “unique to the military.” Although her bill had bipartisan support, it stalled in March when it came five votes short of overcoming a filibuster.

Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour during a town hall style interview this week, Clinton said Gillibrand’s plan deserves another chance.

Read the full article at Military Times.

  • David W. Barno

  • USA (Ret.)