Major Cathy Kaus, a 28-year veteran, was released yesterday after serving a six-month sentence in a Navy brig. Kaus, a commander for the Ohio Army Reserve in Iraq, was court-martialed for "scrounging" equipment and parts from abandoned army vehicles in Kuwait in order for the soldiers under her command to do their job in Iraq, a fuel truck convoy of the type under frequent attack from insurgents.
You would think this were the perfect case for the president to pardon, especially after that dust-up between Rumsfeld and the troops not long ago over this very topic -- a statement of good faith that the commander only meant the best for her soldiers and the military acknowledging there is room to improve in providing our soldiers with the equipment they need to do the job.
Then again, pardoning is just not something this president does, as Talk Left tells us. In fact, it would entail two things this president doesn't do: Pardon and apologize for past mistakes.
Six soldiers altogether were court-martialed, and Sens. DeWine (R) and Durbin (D) have asked for clemency for them. At least one part of their request went unheeded by the military and the administration. From DeWine's letter of December 14:
I am also very concerned about Major Kaus’ current scheduled release date from prison. I understand she is to be released either on Christmas Day or after. I urge you, and the Department of Defense, to reconsider the timing of her release, and encourage a scheduled release prior to Christmas Day. Such a change would make a meaningful difference to Major Kaus and her family.
Apparently you celebrate the holidays you have, not the holidays you'd like to have.