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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 08:05 AM

The Navy Wants to Push Out Problem SEALs. But Trump May Get in the Way.

Source: New York Times

The Navy Wants to Push Out Problem SEALs. But Trump May Get in the Way.

A push to strengthen discipline in the SEAL teams has been stymied by one member’s support in the White House.

By Dave Philipps
Oct. 18, 2019
Updated 7:06 a.m. ET

Spiking drinks with cocaine, shooting Iraqi civilians, strangling a Green Beret: The Navy SEAL teams have been rocked by one high-profile scandal after another in recent months, and the leader of the elite commando force, Rear Adm. Collin P. Green, has vowed to clean house.

Admiral Green has come down hard on misconduct, fired two key leaders and made an unusually public admission that the Navy’s secretive warrior caste has an “ethics problem.” At the same time, though, he has steered wide of the SEAL at the center of one of the grimmest episodes, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who was charged with shooting civilians, murdering a captive Islamic State fighter with a knife, and threatening to kill witnesses.

Chief Gallagher was acquitted of murder charges this summer, but evidence that he had engaged in a range of other misconduct, including theft and drug use, had come to light during the investigation. Admiral Green and other Navy leaders were planning to demote him and force him out of the SEALs — sending a message that such conduct had no place in one of the country’s premier fighting forces.

None of that has happened, though, because one of Chief Gallagher’s most vocal supporters happens to be the commander in chief. President Trump has repeatedly intervened, and has posted so many expressions of support for the SEAL on Twitter that the Navy now sees Chief Gallagher as untouchable, according to three Navy officials familiar with the case. Any talk of punishment has been shelved, not only for the chief, but for two other SEALs who had been facing possible discipline in the case, these officials said.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/us/edward-gallagher-navy-seal.html

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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 08:12 AM

1. His chain of command should be man enough to investigate what needs to be investigated

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