Sunday, December 26, 2010
Do-over on Lavelle promotion
Last summer I got involved in the controversy over the proposed posthumous promotion for Air Force general John D. Lavelle, who was removed from command for disobeying bombing restrictions for operations against North Vietnam. Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee sent the nomination back to the Pentagon and demanded further study to resolve contradictions between the Air Force case for promotion and the fuller historical record on Vietnam bombing. While I think no further study is necessary, and the full record is clearly against this promotion, I understand the value of this face-saving gesture.