I don’t have a good answer for you,” the highest-ranking U.S. Marine told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, responding to a question from a fuming Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) about the discovery of nude photos of female service members being shared online. His response made me cringe. It should have made military leaders of all ranks cringe.
At a loss for words to explain the way forward from this modern-day reality, Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller replied, “We are going to have to change how we see ourselves and how we treat each other. That’s a lame answer, but ma’am, that’s the best I can tell you right now.”