Accused of killing an unarmed, sedated captive, he held up the dead man's head by the hair for a trophy picture. The Navy called him a war criminal. Trump called him a war hero. ⁦⁩ ⁦
Sniper who served in Gallagher’s platoon, speaking out for 1st time, tells Trump played role in making case a “national clown show.” To him, Trump’s actions show “he doesn’t trust any of the troops or their leaders to make the right decisions.”
Former SEAL Chris Shumake: “It’s...turned into a national clown show that put a bad light on the teams. He’s trying to show he has the troops’ backs, but he’s saying he doesn’t trust any of the troops or their leaders to make the right decisions.”
We’ve reached the dangerous place where the military and their Commander in Chief don’t trust each other: Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance
If you're searching the text of this story for the word 'acquitted,' it appears in the 39th paragraph.
President Trump’s handling of the case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher has distressed active-duty and retired officers. His intervention, some said, emboldens war criminals and erodes the order of a professional military.
Chris Shumake, ex-sniper who served in Chief Gallagher's platoon: It's "turned into a national clown show." Trump's "trying to show he has the troops' backs, but he's saying he doesn't trust any of the troops or their leaders to make the right decisions."
The president referred to the military justice system as the “deep state” while championing a Navy SEAL who other SEALs turned in for stabbing a sedated teenager to death. The details are chilling.
The full story of the war crimes-accused Navy SEAL Donald Trump has championed is beyond disturbing. In-depth piece in the Times that's worth reading.
When will it finally be enough! “While he boasts of supporting the military, he has come to distrust the generals and admirals who run it. Rather than accept information from his own government, he responds to television reports that grab his interest.”
A faraway killing pitted a Pentagon hierarchy wedded to longstanding rules of combat against a commander in chief with no experience in uniform but a sense of grievance against authority. ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
Then, without warning, according to colleagues, Chief Gallagher pulled a small hunting knife from a sheath and stabbed the sedated captive in the neck.
Peter Feaver, ex-aide to George W. Bush: "They're trying to clean up their act and in the middle of it the president parachutes in — and not from information from his own commanders but from news talking heads who are clearly gaming the system."
"One SEAL sniper told investigators he heard a shot from Chief Gallagher’s position, then saw a schoolgirl in a flower-print hijab crumple to the ground.”
"By the end of the deployment, SEALs said, Chief Gallagher was largely isolated from the rest of the platoon, with some privately calling him “el diablo,” or the devil." Now the president has made him a farcial "hero"
Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance
This is the guy Trump cleared. Six fellow SEALs reported him. They called him "El Diablo."
Startling deep-dive into the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher that includes colleagues of his speaking publicly for the first time
I'm truly amazed by the Gallagher/Trump vs. the US Military stories:
Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance - Via ⁦⁩ “...a commander in chief with no experience in uniform but a finely honed sense of grievance against authority.”
Until this, I’d avoided reading the details of Gallagher’s acts. He is a monstrous freak whose fellow SEALs and commanders had dealt with him properly. What Trump has done here ranks high on the long list of his awful and dangerous shattering of norms.
This alone is worth the price of today’s paper >
Even by the standards of the Trump era, the moral depravity on display here is hard to fathom. Something like this should transcend partisan politics; there shouldn't be any real disagreement or 'controversy' over it. We're a very broken country.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops treating him like a toddler. [This is the 1096th tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.]
😢😢 (Worth reading)
Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance
A pretty important read. It describes what witnesses say this guy did, which is HORRIFYING and much more than just posing with the body of an enemy (e.g., shooting innocent...
The Gallagher case is just one more example of the white nationalism in the US govt. killing is ok for them, as long as the victims are brown. via