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"Poppa Panda Sexy Pants."


It was an illicit and volatile love affair that spanned two war zones and four countries. The married general couldn’t stay away from a captain on his staff. She fell hard for her boss and called him “Poppa Panda Sexy Pants.”* The three-year entanglement ended disastrously for both, at a time that could not be worse for the Army.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, an Army Ranger and paratrooper, stands accused of forcible sodomy, adultery and other charges that could land him in prison. Prosecutors say he abused his command authority by sleeping with a subordinate officer, a taboo in the armed forces and a violation of military law.

During a pretrial hearing last year, the woman testified that the pair had sex in the general’s quarters in Iraq, in her car in a German parking lot, in plain sight on a hotel balcony in Arizona and in her cramped office in Afghanistan, among other places. Some soldiers wondered and snickered about their relationship, but nobody reported it.

Iraq and Afghanistan, eh?

That's two wars lost, one after the other. One can only wonder whether if Sinclair and the rest of the command structure had been able to keep it zipped -- and I'm sure Sinclair and Petraeus are by no means the only top brass led around by their little stiffies -- he and they might have been able to focus on their work, so we wouldn't have lost those two wars. One after the other. For some definition of "we."

But let's look on the bright side: America's imperial mission hasn't been doing anybody much good, lately, especially the wedding parties we blow to pink mist, so perhaps Sinclair's little soldier did thousands of civilians a big favor.

NOTE * We are all ridiculous when expressing endearment. For this, at least, I don't blame Sinclair or his inamorata. There are, after all, thousands upon thousands who have made themselves just as ridiculous. The NSA has the tapes.

NOTE Here, again, we see the obvious advantage of drones from Obama's perspective. No dicks. Rather like Obama himself.

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Submitted by beowulf on

What a horrifying case, certainly this guy should have been relieved of duty, busted in rank and retired for sexual harassment (paramour affection, when a boss sleeps with a subordinate and treat her or him better than peers, notice the lover isn't the victim, the peers are). If the Army wants to prosecute him for adultery under military law, well that's the Army's prerogative, but the forcible sodomy charges are crazy.

"The final straw came in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in March 2012. The captain was snooping through Sinclair’s e-mail in his office and discovered tender messages to his wife, as well as love notes to another female Army officer.
“I felt so stupid,” the captain testified. “I finally had something to slap me in the face and say, ‘See, he never loved you. He was just using you for sex.’.. Later that night, she burst into the office of Maj. Gen. James L. Huggins, then the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and leader of all U.S. forces in southern Afghanistan. Tears streaming down her face, she spent two hours confessing to the affair, according to court testimony... The case grew more serious when the captain gave a formal statement accusing Sinclair of sexual assault by forcing her to perform oral sex against her will on two occasions in Afghanistan."

Just, wow. Here's the deal, if she says the sex was consensual, she was guilty of adultery too and would likewise be kicked out of the Army. By including accusations of sexual assault (that allegedly happened in the middle of a three year affair in which she was crazy CRAZY for the guy), she's considered a victim with her identity secret and given immunity from prosecution for adultery.

This drives me bonkers because the problem of unpunished sexual assaults in the military really does not include cases where the mistress of three years is pissed off her adulterous lover is cheating on her. Cases like this only make it harder for actual sexual assault victims-- of which there are far too many in the military-- to be taken seriously by investigators and juries.

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Submitted by lizpolaris on

Oh really. Who cares? These are adults who had an affair gone wrong. We don't expect the military to be celibate. From the article it doesn't appear it had any affect on their jobs, though it sounds like they were indiscreet and probably wrong to do it in an office on 'company' time. But that's pretty minor.

True abuse of women in the military is a much greater problem than some general with a bad marriage having an affair. Geez let's focus on the real issues here. And the same in spades for Petraeus. If not for illegal NSA spying, we'd be none the wiser and I for one couldn't care less about his sex life.