06.18.136:42 PM ET

Columnist Decries ‘War on Men’

Wall Street Journal opinions writer dismisses military sexual assault.

Despite a report that nearly 26,000 U.S. military members were victims of sexual assault, one Wall Street Journal writer claims that the crackdown is “a political campaign against sexual assault in the military that shows signs of becoming an effort to criminalize male sexuality.” Uh, OK. As part of the mounting “war on men,” he uses the example of Lt. Gen. Susan J. Helms, who pardoned an officer found guilty of sexual assault. James Taranto said that Sen. Claire McCaskill has blocked Helms’s promotion. But as Hannah Groch-Begley of Media Matters puts it, McCaskill is just trying to find out why Helms “ignored her legal advisers and overturned a jury of five Air Force officers.” In his column, Taranto argues that commanders should retain the right to offer clemency, since the Helms case “demonstrates that the authority offers crucial protection for the accused.”