I strongly oppose this effort. If you care about our military commanders, listen to them. Every one of them opposes this. If you believe that the military legal community knows what they’re talking about, listen to them. Every JAG of every service opposes this. 29 percent decrease in sexual assault instances, 70 percent increase in reporting, Senator McCaskill, Ayotte, Fisher and many others along with Senator Reed we have reformed the military justice system in an appropriate manner.
But here’s what you should never allow to happen. Commander, last night there was an alleged rape in the barracks. Oh, I don’t care about that anymore, send that over to the lawyers. That’s never let that happen. Never let a commander avoid responsibility for what happens in their unit. It is their job to make sure we have good order and discipline. Don’t let them off the hook. Reinforce good commanders, fire bad ones, do not disenfranchise the best military leadership in the history of the world. And that’s exactly what this does. We will solve the sexual assault problem. We are not gonna dismantle the infrastructure that’s given us the finest military in the history of mankind. That’s why everybody who knows what they’re talking about opposes this.