Rich Galen

The Air Force even appointed an officer - a Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski - to head up the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

Pretty aggressive stuff.

Except this O-5 apparently got drunk on Sunday night in Crystal City, Virginia - adjacent to the Pentagon - and, according to the Associated Press:

"A police report says that the 41-year-old Krusinski was drunk and grabbed a woman's breast and buttocks. Police say the woman fought him off and called police."

Other reports indicated that Krusinski and the woman did not know each other.

If all this is true, a senior officer in the United States Military thought it was OK to walk into a parking lot near the Pentagon and try to feel up a woman he did not know.

That's not the biggest problem. Neither is the biggest problem that the woman beat Krusinski up and called the cops.

The biggest problem is that sexual assaults in the military have been increasing. According to the New York Times, a survey of active duty service members showed an estimated:

"26,000 people in the armed forces were sexually assaulted last year, up from 19,000 in 2010."

That's nearly a 40% increase in just two years.

Now that Krusinski has been arrested in sight of the DoD headquarters, everyone is jumping on the sexual assault bandwagon.

President Barack Obama said:

"I have no tolerance for this. If we find out somebody's engaging in this stuff, they've got to be held accountable, prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period."

How is it, though, that no one thought to bring to the attention of the Commander-in-Chief that the problem was growing at this alarming rate?

A former Governor, now Congressman-elect; and a field-grade military officer behaving badly - really badly.

Where do we go from here?


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.