Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Tuesday suggested that the “hormone level created by nature” was to blame for rapes in the military and that all pregnant servicewomen should be investigated to make sure their condition was the result of consensual sex.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assaults within the military, Chambliss opined that the Pentagon’s decision to allow women in combat roles was only going to make the problem worse.
The Georgia Republican recalled that “several years ago when we had the first females go out on an aircraft carrier, when they returned to port, a significant percentage of those females were pregnant…”
Chambliss noted that Democratic proposals to modify the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and take sexual assault reporting outside of the victim’s chain of command might not work because young servicemen were being driven by their “nature.”
“The young folks coming in to each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23,” he pointed out. “Gee-whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So, we’ve got to be very careful on our side.”
Another case of dumb and dumber. Dumb being this fool representing Georgia voters who are even dumber for electing and reelecting him. It doesn’t take more than a high school education to be apprised that rape is a crime of violence – not a felony committed under the influence of hormone intoxication.
Yes, I realize he’s mostly fiddling around for rationales to excuse the incompetence of what passes for American military justice. Puerile ideas like this may have been acceptable decades ago; but, even the average Republican – in the Senate, anyway – should be able to come with something better than crap junk science.
What an embarrassment to government, Georgia and Confederate education.