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Dempsey: Scandals are distressing, but not distracting

WASHINGTON –In a message to the military community today, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said the numerous scandals surrounding high-ranking military officials are distressing but not distracting.

“We are not distracted, but we are concerned,” he wrote in an online post. “We’re committed to learning and adapting. We’re committed to honoring the profession and protecting the nation.

“We’re not distracted — we can’t afford to be. We have hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and coast guardsmen deployed around the world standing watch for the nation. Their well-being, and the well-being of their families, remains our top priority. The nation deserves our best effort and our attention to the security challenges we face. It will have it as we work through these challenges.”

The convoluted saga of former CIA director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair has delayed the confirmation of incoming European Command chief Gen. John Allen and renewed public attention on a host of other ethics violations by senior defense department officers.

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