"I just swallowed a watermelon, sir!"
A U.S. general in Iraq who listed pregnancy as a reason for court-martialing soldiers now says he'd never actually seek to jail someone over the offense.
In a conference call with reporters yesterday, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo said the policy he issued last month allowing soldiers who become pregnant and their sexual partners to be court-martialed, was merely intended to underline the seriousness of the problems created when pregnant soldiers go home and leave behind a weaker unit.
"I need every soldier I've got," Cucolo said. "I need them for the entire duration of this deployment."
I have never considered court-martial for this, I do not ever see myself putting a soldier in jail for this," said Cucolo, who oversees U.S. forces in northern Iraq.