President Trump says that he intervened to allow Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher to resign from the service as a Navy Seal because Gallagher was treated unfairly by the “the deep state.”
Mr. Trump is wrong.
Petty Officer Gallagher’s war crimes were reported by his fellow Navy Seals. He was judged by his fellow Navy Seals. It was his fellow Navy Seals who determined that they did not want a war criminal to resign from the Navy with his Trident pin.
Now Trump has changed all that. His ignorance and his arrogance have combined again to establish a terrible precedent. He believes his intervention in this case will endear him politically to the military, when, in fact, the very opposite is true.
Those who understand know that the president has now cast doubt on the integrity of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He has cast doubt on military discipline, military loyalty, and the military chain of command. He has said that if you’re a war criminal, you can get away with it.
Most ominously, by absolving our war criminals, the president has placed U.S. soldiers in the field at much greater risk should they ever be captured by enemy forces.
But then again, as we all know, Donald Trump has no respect for soldiers who get captured in the field . . .
Scott Newton, Jasper