As a young officer, Christian “Kit” Martin received a “top of the line” officer evaluation from a lieutenant colonel who described him as having “unquestionable integrity.” The lieutenant colonel was Raymond T. Odierno., a man who would go on to earn four stars and serve as the highest-ranking officer in the Army. Martin’s career path followed a similar trajectory until he was accused of sexual assault. Now, after a career as an elite Army Ranger, master Army aviator and three-tour Iraq combat veteran, he’s scheduled to go on trial Oct. 12 at Fort Campbell, Ky., and face the possibility of 58 years in prison if convicted.
In the video clip above, I ask now-Major Martin, 47, how it felt to receive such high praise from a man who would go on to serve as chief of staff of the Army. It stands as a snippet of a more-serious conversation about his upcoming court-martial. For more details about that conversation, read this summary. When you do, I think you’ll understand this case is a result of political correctness running amok.
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