I’ve been mulling over writing about the poor treatment Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher received over the past few years at that the hands of the wussified modern American Naval community. The irony is that they are acting like leftists, as in they are acting simultaneously like politically correct girly-men and bullies.
By wussification, I mean hamstringing special operators with very limiting rules of engagement (ROE) and then bullying them if and when one steps over their arbitrarily created red lines. Add to that, the heavy toll of over-deployment.
I reached out to some operators I know, and unfortunately received little comment. I can certainly understand why.
Then I was sent this from SEAL Chief Brandon Webb’s site SOFREP. It pretty much sums up my feelings on the topic.
from Brandon Webb at SOFREP:
TRUMP’S INTERVENTION, GALLAGHER, WAR CRIMES, TOXIC CULTURE: THE ISSUES OF THE SEAL TEAMS
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Russell Rhodes Jr./Released)
I wouldn’t want my son to be in the SEAL Teams that exist today, it’s a mafioso environment where everyone has dirt on each other. The culture is more Hells Angels than a professional Special Ops unit.” – Anonymous Navy SEAL
I was initially worried about addressing this topic because of the toxic peer pressure that exists among the SEAL community inside and outside. However, my business network kept asking me about Gallagher and Trump’s intervention in his case, and in the end, I decided that if the thought of speaking about this made me uncomfortable, I should just write about it.
Stage set, cameras rolling, soundcheck, action.
The Gallagher case was anything but uncomplicated. It Pitted Navy SEAL against Navy SEAL. The NCIS was found to be bullying and intimidating to get their way.
According to the Navy Times, Navy Captain Aaron Rugh determined that, “the NCIS intrusion placed an intolerable strain on the public’s perception of the military justice system because ‘an objective, disinterested observer, fully informed of all of the facts and circumstances, would harbor a significant doubt about the fairness of the proceeding.”
So, what do I think of Trump’s intervention? I’m personally not surprised at the theatrics, and in this case, I support Trump for stepping in given the unusual nature of the case, NCIS’s mishandling of the investigation, and the current dysfunctional environment of the SEAL Teams. Most on active duty will not realize how crazy the Teams look from the lens of a former member (and the rest of the world) who is on the outside now looking in.
NCIS botched their case, no argument there. It’s sure to go down as a legal case study for the ages. For the uninitiated, Trump is well within his right to inject himself as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military. It may be inconvenient for some of the top brass but it is what it is. Trump’s intervention should come as no surprise to Admiral Green and the rest of the SEAL leadership given the ongoing strategy of Eddie’s legal team of constantly outflanking their adversaries in the press, and that one of Gallagher’s attorneys, Marc Mukasey, has worked for Trump in the past. However, I’m not surprised to see the myopia of senior SEAL leadership get the best of them again when it comes to dealing with the press.