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Our father helped found the future Navy SEALs. His vision didn't include Edward Gallagher.
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Dec 3, 2019 11:47:26   #
rumitoid
 
Edward Gallagher has brought shame to a community our father helped found. Now he is being emboldened to tear down our nation’s premier fighting force by a president who does not understand the consequences of his actions.

Our father, Rear Adm. Draper Kauffman, was the founder of the training school for the Navy underwater demolition teams (UDTs) that became the Navy SEALs. His heroic bomb-disposal actions at Pearl Harbor led to the creation of — and be among the first to survive — "Hell Week," the grueling five-day test of SEAL candidates that continues to challenge the strongest men our country has to offer and is still described as among the most difficult military training in the world.

We can say unequivocally: Dad would have been horrified by the actions of Gallagher and would never have allowed him to remain a part of the Navy SEALs.
Gallagher's shameful case

Gallagher was accused of heinous war crimes by his peers after a 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq. Soon after these allegations came to light, Gallagher allegedly began to sow discord among his team of brothers, attacking their sense of loyalty while remaining blind to his own misdeeds.

His subsequent trial, after which he was acquitted of all but one charge, again left the SEAL community deeply divided, but at least the ordeal was seemingly behind them.

Until last month, when President Donald Trump reversed Gallagher's demotion and ordered that he remain a SEAL, preventing the commander of Naval Special Warfare, Rear Adm. Collin Green, from even starting the formal process of expelling Gallagher from the SEALs: an action that drove an even larger wedge into this politically exhausted group of warriors.

Dad believed deeply in the chain of command and in honorable service to one’s nation without reward or recognition. We have no doubt that he would have acknowledged Trump’s authority to maintain Gallagher as a SEAL. We also have no doubt that he would have resigned in protest of this debasement of the high standards that elite teams like the UDTs and SEALs must uphold.
SEALs act, politicians take the glory

The Gallagher case is not the first instance in which politicians have undermined these standards, and Trump is not the first president to participate in doing so. A core principle Dad believed was that UDTs and their successors serve quietly and without seeking fame or fortune. Indeed, to the best of our knowledge, none of those who served under Dad sought to cash in, financially or politically, after the war. He certainly did not.

Presidents, on the other hand, especially those who have never served in combat, seem to find it irresistible to bathe in the reflected glory of elite military units. They are quick to trade these units and their work for political capital without realizing the effect their Rose Garden ceremonies have on those asked to be in harm’s way.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/father-helped-found-future-navy-100027127.html

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Dec 3, 2019 20:49:51   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
rumitoid wrote:
Edward Gallagher has brought shame to a community our father helped found. Now he is being emboldened to tear down our nation’s premier fighting force by a president who does not understand the consequences of his actions.

Our father, Rear Adm. Draper Kauffman, was the founder of the training school for the Navy underwater demolition teams (UDTs) that became the Navy SEALs. His heroic bomb-disposal actions at Pearl Harbor led to the creation of — and be among the first to survive — "Hell Week," the grueling five-day test of SEAL candidates that continues to challenge the strongest men our country has to offer and is still described as among the most difficult military training in the world.

We can say unequivocally: Dad would have been horrified by the actions of Gallagher and would never have allowed him to remain a part of the Navy SEALs.
Gallagher's shameful case

Gallagher was accused of heinous war crimes by his peers after a 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq. Soon after these allegations came to light, Gallagher allegedly began to sow discord among his team of brothers, attacking their sense of loyalty while remaining blind to his own misdeeds.

His subsequent trial, after which he was acquitted of all but one charge, again left the SEAL community deeply divided, but at least the ordeal was seemingly behind them.

Until last month, when President Donald Trump reversed Gallagher's demotion and ordered that he remain a SEAL, preventing the commander of Naval Special Warfare, Rear Adm. Collin Green, from even starting the formal process of expelling Gallagher from the SEALs: an action that drove an even larger wedge into this politically exhausted group of warriors.

Dad believed deeply in the chain of command and in honorable service to one’s nation without reward or recognition. We have no doubt that he would have acknowledged Trump’s authority to maintain Gallagher as a SEAL. We also have no doubt that he would have resigned in protest of this debasement of the high standards that elite teams like the UDTs and SEALs must uphold.
SEALs act, politicians take the glory

The Gallagher case is not the first instance in which politicians have undermined these standards, and Trump is not the first president to participate in doing so. A core principle Dad believed was that UDTs and their successors serve quietly and without seeking fame or fortune. Indeed, to the best of our knowledge, none of those who served under Dad sought to cash in, financially or politically, after the war. He certainly did not.

Presidents, on the other hand, especially those who have never served in combat, seem to find it irresistible to bathe in the reflected glory of elite military units. They are quick to trade these units and their work for political capital without realizing the effect their Rose Garden ceremonies have on those asked to be in harm’s way.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/father-helped-found-future-navy-100027127.html
Edward Gallagher has brought shame to a community ... (show quote)


""Gallagher was accused of heinous war crimes by his peers after a 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq. Soon after these allegations came to light, Gallagher allegedly began to sow discord among his team of brothers, attacking their sense of loyalty while remaining blind to his own misdeeds.

His subsequent trial, after which he was acquitted of all but one charge, again left the SEAL community deeply divided, but at least the ordeal was seemingly behind them.""

That says it all...

Acquitted of all but one charge...

That charge not being a war crime...

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Dec 3, 2019 21:16:29   #
Rose42
 
rumitoid wrote:
Edward Gallagher has brought shame to a community our father helped found. Now he is being emboldened to tear down our nation’s premier fighting force by a president who does not understand the consequences of his actions.

Our father, Rear Adm. Draper Kauffman, was the founder of the training school for the Navy underwater demolition teams (UDTs) that became the Navy SEALs. His heroic bomb-disposal actions at Pearl Harbor led to the creation of — and be among the first to survive — "Hell Week," the grueling five-day test of SEAL candidates that continues to challenge the strongest men our country has to offer and is still described as among the most difficult military training in the world.

We can say unequivocally: Dad would have been horrified by the actions of Gallagher and would never have allowed him to remain a part of the Navy SEALs.
Gallagher's shameful case

Gallagher was accused of heinous war crimes by his peers after a 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq. Soon after these allegations came to light, Gallagher allegedly began to sow discord among his team of brothers, attacking their sense of loyalty while remaining blind to his own misdeeds.

His subsequent trial, after which he was acquitted of all but one charge, again left the SEAL community deeply divided, but at least the ordeal was seemingly behind them.

Until last month, when President Donald Trump reversed Gallagher's demotion and ordered that he remain a SEAL, preventing the commander of Naval Special Warfare, Rear Adm. Collin Green, from even starting the formal process of expelling Gallagher from the SEALs: an action that drove an even larger wedge into this politically exhausted group of warriors.

Dad believed deeply in the chain of command and in honorable service to one’s nation without reward or recognition. We have no doubt that he would have acknowledged Trump’s authority to maintain Gallagher as a SEAL. We also have no doubt that he would have resigned in protest of this debasement of the high standards that elite teams like the UDTs and SEALs must uphold.
SEALs act, politicians take the glory

The Gallagher case is not the first instance in which politicians have undermined these standards, and Trump is not the first president to participate in doing so. A core principle Dad believed was that UDTs and their successors serve quietly and without seeking fame or fortune. Indeed, to the best of our knowledge, none of those who served under Dad sought to cash in, financially or politically, after the war. He certainly did not.

Presidents, on the other hand, especially those who have never served in combat, seem to find it irresistible to bathe in the reflected glory of elite military units. They are quick to trade these units and their work for political capital without realizing the effect their Rose Garden ceremonies have on those asked to be in harm’s way.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/father-helped-found-future-navy-100027127.html
Edward Gallagher has brought shame to a community ... (show quote)


You going to keep searching for opinions that match yours to keep beating your dead horse? You trying to show that the military has been infected with the disease of political correctness brought about by “progressives”?

He was acquitted of war crimes. Posing with a dead body is bad judgement but not grounds for taking his trident.

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Dec 3, 2019 21:17:20   #
rumitoid
 
Canuckus Deploracus wrote:
""Gallagher was accused of heinous war crimes by his peers after a 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq. Soon after these allegations came to light, Gallagher allegedly began to sow discord among his team of brothers, attacking their sense of loyalty while remaining blind to his own misdeeds.

His subsequent trial, after which he was acquitted of all but one charge, again left the SEAL community deeply divided, but at least the ordeal was seemingly behind them.""

That says it all...

Acquitted of all but one charge...

That charge not being a war crime...
""Gallagher was accused of heinous war c... (show quote)


Trump is Commander-in-Chief, he can overrule the military...but should he? And given the other two, it is a statement to free our troops a free reign in a war zone. Not good.

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Dec 3, 2019 21:27:06   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
rumitoid wrote:
Trump is Commander-in-Chief, he can overrule the military...but should he? And given the other two, it is a statement to free our troops a free reign in a war zone. Not good.


As you know, I don't exactly disagree with you...

But it does appear that this individual was being made an example of...

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Dec 4, 2019 19:59:07   #
rumitoid
 
Canuckus Deploracus wrote:
As you know, I don't exactly disagree with you...

But it does appear that this individual was being made an example of...


I agree. And the Military had a reason: as a deterrent to such behavior in order to maintain discipline and honor for our servicemen. The other two pardons by Trump counter their objective.

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