Skip to comments.Army War College Starts Plagiarism Inquiry of Senator John Walsh’s Thesis
Posted on 07/24/2014 6:44:28 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
CARLISLE, Pa. The United States Army War College determined in a preliminary review on Thursday that Senator John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a masters degree from the institution, and sent a letter to the senator instructing him that an investigative panel will meet next month to conclusively assess any culpability.
Its clear there is indeed strong reason to believe this is plagiarism, said the War Colleges provost, Lance Betros, a retired brigadier general. We are initiating academic review procedures.
Dr. Betros said he made the decision after he and another member of the War Colleges staff read Mr. Walshs 14-page paper and used an online plagiarism detection program to review the document.
Senator John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the Senate in February. He spent more than three decades in the National Guard.John Walsh, Democrat, Confronts Questions of PlagiarismJULY 23, 2014 Senator John Walsh, 53, was elected lieutenant governor in 2012 after more than three decades in the National Guard.John Walsh: From the Military to PoliticsJULY 23, 2014 The notification letter to Mr. Walsh indicates that an academic review board consisting of War College faculty members will meet no earlier than Aug. 15. Any student or graduate facing such questions is given 10 days after receiving notification to decide whether to appear in person or provide information before the board convenes.
How Senator John Walsh Plagiarized a Final Paper A line-by-line analysis of Mr. Walshs masters thesis shows that he took much of it from other sources without giving them credit.
Absolutely, there is an atmosphere of integrity, said Kenneth C. Braddock, a class of 2006 alumnus. It was the military, and in the military, integrity is, by nature, second nature.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Quite frankly, I’m shocked...Walsh clearly lifted much of his final paper from other sources, so there is no doubt he’s guilty of plagiarism. But Walsh also has a (D) behind his name, and that’s normally enough to get the offending politician off without permanent career damage (see Joe Biden).
Yet Walsh is getting the full media treatment; line-by-line analysis of his plagiarism and an ambush interview outside his office. The Senator must be wondering what he did to piss off the NYT and why the DSCC isn’t coming to his rescue.
One more thought: the NYT doesn’t troll the library at Carlisle, reviewing papers from past Army War College classes. It would be interesting to know who tipped the Times on Walsh’s plagiarism and why the paper decided to go ahead with an infrequent expose of a feckless Democratic pol.
What are the consequences of his actions ?
The good news is that as I recall he was running behind in his reelection bid in any case.
Probably got plagierism tips from Joe Biden.
Because it's summer time in a mid-term election year. The LIVs are on whatever type of vacation they can put together in this economy and/or tending to the kids out of school and not really paying attention to the news.
Running mud on a few low profile dems now will give the msm the fig leaf of objectivity when they start running their slam pieces on high profile republicans in September and October. Conservative accusations of bias will be dodged with, "Remember last summer when we ran those stories on Walsh?"
Well, I guess just another libtard getting a college degree. I wonder if the clown in chief has done anything like that. We will never know, because anytime the libtards run for high office they are off limits just like the Clintons and all the rest of the ilk.
Somewhere in Montana there is a fan dodging a load of feces.
Obama didn’t earn his law degree? Actually, an imposter sat in for him and took the bar exam for him.
I think you can stick a fork in this hack. He’s done.
Walsh has some baggage. You can look at his entire military record online at scribd.
For those who know how to read these things, there are some real red flags starting at the beginning of his career. Included in these records is the Letter of Reprimand that he received from the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army when he was the Adjutant General of the State of Montana. Walsh improperly coerced members of the Montana National Guard to join the National Guard Association of the U.S. in part to bolster his attempt to win a national level office in the organization. As a result, he was denied Federal Recognition for his promotion to Brigadier General and he ultimately retired as a Colonel.
Notice how far down they mentioned Democrat.
Maybe he’s a conservative Democrat? If there are any, they’d be in the MT/WY area.
I believe the maximum penalty the college can impose is revocation of a degree. Typically, when this type of charge surfaces so many years after the fact, they will give the offending party the opportunity to resubmit the paper, particularly if they are a major donor.
Where was the immaculate Westie review board? Now, after all these decades- a friggin’ thesis is being scruntinized? What did he do to pizz off the tyro-in-chief?
Who ever released the info on this pulled the trigger to soon. Should have done it on August 10. If the candidate resigns after August 11, he cannot be replaced.
13-10-327. Vacancy after primary and prior to general election. (1) Except as provided in 13-10-328 for a vacancy in the candidacy of either governor or lieutenant governor caused by the death of a candidate, if a party candidate dies or withdraws after the primary and before the general election, the affected political party shall appoint someone to replace the candidate in one of the following ways:
(a) For offices to be filled by the state at large, the state central committee shall make the appointment as provided by the rules of the party.
. . .
(2) Except as provided in this section, appointments to fill vacancies must be made no later than 76 days before the election. A candidate may not officially withdraw 85 days or less before a general election. . .
They now have several weeks to pick someone else and regroup.
As to Mr. Walsh’s campaign, they just pisssed away $2,066,129 on the electon campaign. On the bright side, they have $700,000 they can spend on other candidates.
Fifth paragraph... “Democrat”
It’s tos-up, used toiled paper or the NYT to line the bird cage with.
The U.S. Army War College is a government organization. They don’t have donors. They will pull his degree, not much else they can do.
He was NOT elected to the Senate.
He cannot be reelected until he is first elected.
Walsh is a liar and a cheater and a thief. They need to take a close look at the guy who killed himself that Walsh says gave him PTSD. Was this suicide in Iraq in a combat zone, or home in Montana? Why did the guy kill himself?
What kind of people would promote a liar and a cheater and a thief?
Active Duty/Retiree ping.
Change the "c" of Democrat to an "n", and you get a DemonRat...
But I think how some Republicans are acting in Mississippi, as well as Chris Christie of New Jersey -- they all are DemonRats in my mind.
n December 2013 the Montana Television Network reported that a 2010 Army Inspector General report concluded that Walsh had used the Adjutant General’s post for “private gain.” According to the report, Walsh used his position to “pressure” subordinates into joining the National Guard Association of the United States in an effort bolster Montana’s membership numbers as a way to enhance Walsh’s credentials during his candidacy for Vice President of NGAUS.
In response, Walsh stated that he disagreed with the IG, pointing out that he was not disciplined. Walsh went on to say that the IG report stemmed from a disagreement in interpreting the rules which govern when and how Department of Defense employees can take part in activities such as running for a NGAUS leadership position.
I notice you have to dig pretty deep in John Walsh’s website to find out he’s a Democrat.
There are enough counter-balancing elements for the NYT to go after him: Able-Bodied White Male Veteran Senator. Too many perqs for the (D) to offset. They know that guy can’t possibly be down for the struggle.
Did you notice the word “Democrat” didn’t appear until the third paragraph? And it was buried in a throw away sentence.
If Walsh had been a “R”, the title would have been “Republican Senator Plagiarist” and it would have mentioned “Republican” every time his name was mentioned.
As you so aptly stated, “Typical”
Good point but quibbling, you know what I meant. The good news is that he won’t be a Senator barring an idiotic move by the GOP candidate.
Steve will likely not make any idiotic moves.
He’s a likable candidate.
I used to work for him and his father was a great builder, very reputable.
Walsh has no excuse for his plagiarism. We all who have been through any school for commissioned officers, warrants, or NCOs know that we are reminded, hounded actually, repeatedly about the work we do being our own work. ANY plagiarism is an immediate dismissal, a career ending efficiency report, and possibly charges.
I’m saying it was almost daily. In one school, I witnessed 2 students kicked out. It was brutal.
But they knew. Everyone knew. I’m saying it was repeatedly drummed into us as a matter of honor, integrity, keeping faith with comrades, betrayal of trust. It could not have been more emphasized. Nothing else came close to the warnings we received about plagiarism, and I’m not embellishing this. I’m absolutely serious.
PTSD, shell shock, ADHD....deathbed illness — nothing is an excuse after that level of warning.
As a butterbar, I was constantly reminded that I was responsible for everything my unit did or failed to do. It was all on me...no excuses. After flunking my first ARTEP, that lesson was driven home.
Rather than moan about it, and call it unfair (I was appointed Platoon Leader the morning of the evaluation), I said to myself, "if that's the way it's going to be, then I'll run the show the way I see fit, and stay the hell out of my way."
For the next 7 years, that's how I rolled. Some superiors loved it and gave me the independence I thrived on, and a few made my life miserable.
I resigned my commission the day after I received my first efficiency report as a Battery Commander. Let's just say I never would have made Major. My battalion commander didn't realize that he put himself on a path that would keep him from the War College.
I was in a unique position. My unit was a headuarters battery, with soldiers from the Commanding General's staff, and five directorates headed by Colonels. I was able to minimize the BS coming from battalion, allowing them to get their job done. The "birds" were happy, my unit pass rate on the PT test was 99%, and I had just been awarded CG's Best Mess.
When a captain resigns his commission, he has to be counseled by the first O-6 in his chain of command. In my case, that was the Base Commander, with whom I had an excellent relationship. To say he was surprised at the nature of my visit is an understatement, until I showed him the OER. We both knew nothing could be done about that, but the word got out.
A few months after I became a civilian, I received a call from one of the other colonels, letting me know that individual was not selected for War College. That was my final contribution to the Army.
BTW, that battalion commander came from the same state as the Senator. Irony is certainly ironic.
Maybe, just maybe, he was falling so far behind in the polls, and this seat has been in dem power for years (Baucus), they're (dems) the ones throwing him under the bus to replace him with a more viable (/S) candidate.
>>>It was the military, and in the military, integrity is, by nature, second nature.<<<
Hard to take this serious when I think of how favorable they look upon military males riding bareback on one another.
His Party affiliation isn't mentioned by the NYT until paragraph five. If he were a Republican, it would have been in the headline.
Excellent post...Walsh has proven the case against him by putting the excuse of PTSD out there, honor and integrity don’t seem to be among his virtues.
The War College will revoke his degree.
“he was denied Federal Recognition for his promotion to Brigadier General and he ultimately retired as a Colonel.”
I have never heard of that happening, before. Wow.
Notice how far down in the story that “dimocrat” was disclosed? Regular NYTs BS.
Good. Was hoping that was one of the consequences. Any action from military or judicial system?
Hope he is removed right before election!
Which Kennedy was busted for this? Teddy?
JFK had a ghostwriter for his book.
that’s why the NY Slimes went with it now — clean house, the Lautenberg principle, switch the candidates (though Lautenberg was allowed in well AFTER the deadline for a change)
Walsh just needs to ask Joe Biden to be his character witness
c’mon folks, plagiarizing Demagogues can rise high... just ask Joe... or the Kennedys.... or probably Obozo, if we could ever review his record and academic output which is so shrouded in secrecy
I must admit, not knowing who Walsh was, that when I first saw the headline I assumed he must be a R.
because I didn’t think there was much chance the MSM could give any attention to such transgressions by a Demagogue
they must really want to get him off the ballot fast so that they can replace him with another candidate before the deadline
Ted Kennedy allegedly had someone take a Spanish exam for him while he was an undergraduate student at Harvard.
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