Morning Reading, March 30: Lively letters pages, and the day's top links
Published: March 30, 2010
Stars and Stripes' letters pages have been particularly lively lately, with readers offering their opinions after Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, the U.S. Army commander in the Pacific, was rapped by his superiors for using the forum to urge like-minded people to speak against plans to repeal the military's ban on openly gay servicemembers. Worth a read.
Meanwhile, Ramstein, Germany-based Airman 1st Class Juston Besaw was sentenced to five months in jail, but can remain in the Air Force, following his court-martial over an incident in which he threw a punch that ultimately led to his best friend's death. Jennifer Svan's coverage explains why it's not such a simple case.
Airman gets five months for throwing punch that led to friend's death (Stars and Stripes)
Afghans say they've heard it all before (USA Today)
Afghan leader is seen to flout influence of U.S. (The New York Times)
Panel: Firms need U.S. guidance to reduce contractors in Iraq (The Washington Post)
Arms treaty with Russia may go to Congress in April (The Washington Post)
South Korean military on alert after ship explosion (The Associated Press)
Remains of Korean War soldier laid to rest (Chicago Tribune)