Colin Powell said that soldiers convicted of rape shouldn't be 'categorically' discharged, because hey, soldiers can always appeal the decision, and we wouldn't want to protect everyone around them while they're waiting to see if they can get the conviction overturned. The real tragedy is that somewhere, a soldier might be dishonorably discharged even though he could have gotten his commander to overturn his conviction, not the insanely high sexual assault rates in the military. Powell continued to say, "lets not toss out a system that I think has worked very, very well over the years."

Colin Powell and I may have very, very different standards of what a system that works well looks like.