By David Edwards on 8/14/2005, 6:05pm PT  

Guest blogged by UnderstandingLife and David Edwards

Earlier this month, The Associated Press reported that Four-star General Kevin P. Byrnes was relieved of his position due to alleged sexual misconduct. General Byrnes who was near retirement was assigned as commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia.

From Arianna Huffington in At Rummy's Bizarro Pentagon, Torture is Rewarded While Sex is a Firing Offense, on August 10, 2005 we read:

"Here's all the proof you need that the lunatics have taken over the Pentagon and DoD asylums (that is, if the lunacy of their Iraq policies hadn't already convinced you):

Four-star General Kevin Byrnes, the third most senior of the Army's 11 four-star generals, was sacked over allegations that he had an extramarital affair. Meanwhile, Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, the senior commander in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib torture and abuse scandal, is being considered for promotion to, yep, four-star general.

Talk about your utterly perverted priorities.

Now, it long ago became clear that the Bushies inhabit a bizarro, topsy-turvy universe --- a place where being utterly wrong about slam-dunk WMD earns you a Medal of Freedom, dismissing a “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S.” memo earns you a promotion to Secretary of State, signing off on torture makes you AG material, another 123 American soldiers being blown up is the mark of an enemy in its “last throes”, and outing an undercover CIA agent (and then lying about it) merits a vote of confidence instead of a pink slip. "

Yes, we agree with Ms Huffington --- the hypocrisy is all to obvious and that is the problem. Many have recognized that whatever General Byrnes private life might be, it is unlikely to be the primary reason for his current career crisis.

Visions of General Smedley Darlington Butler come to mind --- the exceptional Marine war hero who informed Congress in 1933 that a coup by plutocratic industrialists had been foiled. Think of those plutocrats as the grandfathers of the current day Straussian neoconsters and their military corporatists beneficiaries.

Well, on Saturday, August 13, 2005, Lt General Claudia Kennedy published Something is Amiss.

That 'something' is not explained. What General Kennedy does tell us about General Byrnes is enough to make us all want to know him better and have him share some of his wisdom with us --- sooner rather than later.

In fact, we might suggest the following to General Byrnes and encourage all of you to find whatever channels available to deliver the request to him:

General Byrnes, if your historical dismissal is due to an extra-marital relationship and nothing else, please have your lawyer read a one sentence letter to the world that that is the case.

If not, General Byrnes, then please consider joining Cindy Sheehan in the Crawford ditch, and tell the world the real reason(s) for your historical (need to repeat that) dismissal.

My hunch is, General Byrnes, you have much to do to help us save our America and the Crawford ditch is the place to start the process.

Thank you for your years of service to America, General Byrnes.

Was the removal of General Byrnes simply about sexual misconduct or is there more to this story?