... and then we read,
Drug causing GIs permanent brain damage
There are multiple preventives available for malaria; yes, restocking Army drug inventories would be a pain, but make your case for using Lariam. Don't put an Army doctor in front of microphones and have him say, "we don't think it is as big a problem as has been made out."
How big of a problem is it, then? Guess what? "... the Army announced it will study possible Lariam side effects, including suicide, as a result of the controversy." So they don't really know. "The study could take up to two years, according to William Winkerwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs."
A political amateur general from the ACW would just change the medicine. Today's professionals take a different approach.