We wrote a few weeks ago about the incredibly thin thesis submitted in support of a master’s degree at the Army War College by National Guardsman and Montana Senator John Walsh. Walsh, then a Colonel, and later the state’s Adjutant General.
“The board found that then Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his Master’s Degree and status as graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked,” War College spokeswoman Carol Kerr said in a statement.
The review board made its conclusions less than 20 minutes after closing its August hearing, according to the report released by Walsh’s office. Possible extenuating circumstances submitted by Walsh of post-traumatic stress disorder and a fellow soldier’s suicide were not enough to support any other recommendation.
“It should also be noted that other students … have had similar or more serious personal and psychological issues during their year at USAWC, and they have been able to successfully complete course requirements without resorting to plagiarism or other cheating,” the review board’s report said.
Partisan politics aside (Walsh dropped out of the campaign), I’m still mightily disturbed that AWC thought the paper was even remotely in line with accepted scholarly standards.