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More bad news for Dem Senator Walsh: Army War College revokes his degree

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I’m always entertained by the hypocrisy of the progressive socialist left — and especially their media accomplices. They’ll do anything to cover for the corrupt actions of their own, yet decry anything committed by a Republican as a national affront.

Here’s yet another story receiving very, very little attention from the media — the case of Montana Senator John Walsh. Senator Walsh dropped out of the race for reelection in Montana — he had been appointed after former Sen. Max Baucus departed. The reason for pulling out? He was caught plagiarizing his Army War College thesis. Of course Walsh blamed PTSD for his actions — typical of Democrats to seek sympathy for their corrupt actions. And what was even more disturbing was that Chairman of the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Co) said they “absolutely” stood by Walsh despite the plagiarism incident — can you imagine what Harry Reid would have said if the roles were reversed?

Last Friday, the venerable Army War College, in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, revoked Walsh’s War College diploma. Not a big news story huh?

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Well, I found a good story on this in the Independent Record of Helena, Montana which reports, “The U.S. Army War College on Friday revoked Sen. John Walsh’s master’s degree after its investigation concluded that he had plagiarized his final paper in 2007. “Your U.S. Army War College diploma, Master of Strategic Studies degree and credit for completion of senior service in college are revoked,” Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, commandant of the Army War College, wrote Walsh on Friday.”

“Rapp rejected Walsh’s appeal and upheld the Aug. 22 conclusion by the Army War College’s academic review board that Walsh had plagiarized his paper. The board described it as “egregious.” After the decision Friday, Walsh’s name was ground off a Army War College plaque that listed those who had received master’s degrees there in 2007, Carol Kerr, the college’s public affairs officer, confirmed.”

Now, we all know if this had happened to a Republican Senator just three weeks before a crucial midterm election, it would be playing non-stop on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, and MSNBC – hear anything? It would no doubt be the front page story of the New York Times every day until the election. And we would have the pleasure of Nancy Pelosi stating “it is time to drain the swamp of corruption.” Nope, not a peep.

Consider this, a sitting U.S. Senator and Army Colonel has had his War College diploma, Masters degree, and completion credit revoked — and his name ground off the graduate plaque. Heck, the only thing left was to have him submit his officer’s sword, break it before him, and make him walk off the post in shame.

What happened last Friday to Sen. Walsh is monumental, but he is a Democrat so he gets a pass. I’m quite sure the Army War College review board will be blamed and the progressive socialist media will say it was a GOP plot all the time.

“Though I disagree with the findings made by the War College, I accept its decision with great humility and respect for the U.S. military,” Walsh, 53, said in a statement. Walsh had appealed the review board’s ruling, apologizing for his mistake but asking Rapp to also consider his career accomplishments after he completed the Army War College. The decision will not affect Walsh’s final military rank. He entered the Army War College as a colonel and retired as a colonel, his office said.”

Actually that’s not correct because the Army could review his case and determine whether or not his actions were honorable and conduct unbecoming and could decide to reduce his rank to the last of his deemed “honorable” service, Lieutenant Colonel. That wouldn’t be unprecedented since it was done to General Kip Ward (US Army, Retired) who, based on some financial improprieties, had his retired rank reduced.

The case of U.S. Senator John Walsh just goes to further demonstrate the Left’s hypocrisy. This story should have received more attention, but it’s all about who controls what’s reported. Cadets in our service academies live under a code of honor — I wish our elected officials would as well.

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