- Feb 15, 2014
I think you misread my comment. I wasn't relating the two incidents themselves, my post was referring to the previous comment about this possibly being a bad PR move. My point was that the previous actions might impact the public reception of firing the Captain. There were no politics implied, or comment on the right or wrong of either move - just about the impact of the resulting PR.I do not have specific info regarding the letter/email and how it got into the media. However, when I had the requisite authority to act on something like this, I always made sure the i's were dotted and the t's crossed. Never was anything regarding operations or security not sent via "classified" or higher heading and using a classified TTY or radiotelephone. For an O-6 to do something this way, he was either at wits end (and probably needed to be relieved) or he just wanted to try and get actions the wrong way.
To say that the "recent admin involvement" in another incident is in any way related to this without specifics is reckless and unsubstantiated. You should try and keep politics out of these forums.
He was involved in at least one of these decisions, as was his right as CIC.My comment here is concerning the PR, Navy SEAL handling, etc. posts e.g. "I think you’re on to something there especially given the recent admin involvement of absolving a Navy Seal." I watched the SECNAV's presser live yesterday and he was asked pointedly about who he consulted above his paygrade. Sec. Modly told the reporter he told the SECDEF what he wanted to do and Sec. Esper agreed. Modly then relieved the captain of his command.
I've found nowhere that the president was involved in these decisions.
I should have been more clear and said POTUS had nothing to do with the decisions leading up to the firing of Crozier.He was involved in at least one of these decisions, as was his right as CIC.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared Monday that President Donald Trump ordered him to stop a disciplinary review of a Navy SEAL accused of battlefield misconduct, an intervention that raised questions about America’s commitment to international standards for battlefield ethics.apnews.com
Not that it has anything to do with the Capt. Cozier.