There’s an investigation going on to gather evidence to see if charges are warranted. If charges are filed, 2LT Rapone will get the due process rights punks like him would deny to others – including due process rights Democrats would deny college students accused of sex abuse.
Here’s what Colonel Schlichter would have done – actually, I would have dropped him into the bowl long before now and flushed, but let’s assume I got one of those 3 a.m. phone calls that begins “Sir, there’s been an incident…”
First, I’d call that little rat into my office, state that information has come to my attention that has caused me to lose confidence in his ability to lead, and temporarily relieve him of his post. I would assign him to a position that does not require him to supervise enlisted soldiers or interact with NCOs. After his social media posts attacking non-commissioned officers, the backbone of the Army, that would be me doing Millennial Neidermeyer a favor.
Suitable jobs for him as the investigation is underway would include “Deputy Officer-in-Charge, Volleyball Distribution” or “Assistant Combat Boot Warehouse Inventory Counting Operations Officer.”
Next, I would call my S-2 (intel) officer in and tell him to pull Rapone’s security clearance. From that moment on, the closest thing to classified material he’d get would be the brigade Christmas Secret Santa exchange (I’d ensure he got assigned to the Command Sergeant Major because I’m kind of evil).
Oh, and I’d order this moron, in writing, not to use social media, and specifically, not to access, delete, change, close, alter, remove or in any way change any of his social media accounts. Sadly, it appears some of his accounts are now locked, indicating that the Army probably did not think to do this to preserve evidence. I hope they got CID to get a warrant and grab his electronics; I doubt they did that either.
If what appears true is true, Soon-To-Be Mr. Rapone needs to do time before he’s booted – you can’t have LTs posting obscenities about the SecDef and let that slide and still have a disciplined Army. But the real story isn’t this one loser. It’s not even the other losers who knew what he was and said and did nothing. It’s the chain of command.
We need to know exactly what the faculty and staff at West Point knew about Comrade Cadet Rapone’s treachery. If they did know – and I bet we will find out that he was counseled in writing about it – every officer from his first line supervisor to the USMA Superintendent must be relieved and reprimanded. West Point is supposed to be the heart of the Army, but we may find that, after the pernicious influence of Obama and his ilk, it won’t even take its own side in a fight.
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