AT THE BARRACKS

Military's Spate of Sexual Assaults

Iraq may be safer than ever, but cases of sexual assault by the military in combat zones have gone up by 25 percent, according to a report released by the Pentagon. The Director of the department that released the report then caused a stir by recommending that soldiers should "wait until she's sober." Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat who has made sexual assault in war zones one of her signature issues, was appalled at the lack of tact. Officials from the Pentagon have yet to apologize, saying that the whole things is a big misunderstanding. The quote comes from a new military campaign encouraging intervention: "My Strength is for Defending, so when I saw that she was drunk, I told him, 'Ask her when she's sober."