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Navy Secretary Threatens to Resign Over Trump Meddling in Court-Martial

NBC News is reporting that Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spence, is threatening to resign over Trump’s continued meddling in the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. For those who haven’t been following the story, Gallagher is a despicable character, a murderer, someone who had been reported by his fellow SEALs and court-martialed by the Navy. Despite the existence of legitimate issues in the procedures utilized by the prosecution, the Navy did secure a guilty verdict on charges that Gallagher took pictures with a corpse. For more on the backstory, via Rawstory: Gallagher came under court martial in 2018 on charges including premeditated murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon on non-combatants. He was accused by fellow SEALs of stabbing a teenage ISIS prisoner with a hunting knife, as well as shooting and firing rockets randomly into areas with no enemy forces, to the point that his fellow SEALs tampered with his sniper rifle to stop him from killing civilians. He was also charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly threatening to kill or blacklist fellow SEALs who turned him in. A person who enjoys malicious cruelty, killing innocents, and then intimidating his brother and sister soldiers in order to keep them from reporting him (obstruction of justice), this is exactly the type of man that Trump admires. Thus, of course Trump stepped in on his behalf. Gallagher, a Special Warfare Operator and petty officer who fought in Iraq, was one of multiple servicemembers pardoned by Trump of serious war crimes, against the objections of military officials and veterans’ groups. Right-wing politicians, including Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), have been urging the president to help Gallagher for some time. This is who Trump is, this right here. Real professional military officers, not panty-waisted Berkeley peaceniks like me, but real professional military officers wanted this guy gone. Gallagher’s unit obviously wanted him convicted, they turned him in. Veterans groups wanted him charged. But because “cruelty is the point,” and because “laws no longer matter,” Trump loves the guy and will oppose all who had tried to bring some measure of justice in this case. So Trump pardoned him from his criminal conviction, the court-martial. But that wasn’t going to stop the Navy from getting rid of the guy. The Navy set about to kick him out of the Navy. That earned the Navy a tweet from Trump, stating: “The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!” Trump knows best. And because Trump is a dictator, for whom no detail is too small, he will weigh in on the Navy’s plans to boot this bastard. But thankfully Sec. Spence has risen to the challenge. Spence has asserted that a tweet is not an order, and that unless Trump provides a written order to stop the process (something that is I am not sure is even legal), the procedure would continue. NBC News states that Spence has said that he would resign if Trump continues to insert himself into the process. Again, the real story is Trump, and his utter lack of humanity. It is so symbolic and telling that Trump finds Gallagher to be the sympathetic person in all this. […]

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