Donald Trump demands that medals be stripped from prosecutors who presented evidence against Navy SEAL accused of war crimes.

By |2019-12-02T11:09:43-09:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Can he do that?

Courtesy of NYT:

President Trump intervened Tuesday once again on behalf of a Navy SEAL who was charged but acquitted of war crimes in the death of a captured Islamic State fighter in Iraq, ordering the military to punish the prosecutors who tried the case in the first place.

Mr. Trump angrily lashed out at the Navy for awarding commendations to prosecutors in the murder trial of Edward Gallagher, a former special operations chief, and he publicly instructed Pentagon officials to strip them of the medals. His announcement was a remarkable rebuke by a president of his own Navy leadership.

“The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Not only did they lose the case, they had difficulty with respect to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion.”

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He added: “I have directed the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer & Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson to immediately withdraw and rescind the awards. I am very happy for Eddie Gallagher and his family!”

This the same guy over whom the Navy Secretary was fired when he argued that the man should be stripped of the Trident Medal that indicates his status as a Navy SEAL.

Also, keep in mind that this is the same Eddie Gallagher whose men turned him in and who threatened to kill them for doing so. 

So apparently in Trump’s America you do not go to jail or lose rank for killing a military prisoner, but the folks who dare to put you one trial are not protected from that fate. 

In past stories I would typically wonder aloud if the Republican party would still support Trump after this, but now we know that they most certainly will, so the only question to ask is are there literally any Republicans left who have not been assimilated into Trump’s version of the Borg? 

And if so, where in the hell are they?

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous December 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Trump shows how deeply incompetent he is as a leader with stuff like this. His understanding of the military as purely “killing machines” is worse than the average elementary student’s.

    What if someone from the military attempted to harm him or someone else in his administration? You can bet he wouldn’t pardon it or write it off as them doing what they were trained to do. It is vital that a soldier understands who NOT to kill, as well.

  2. Anonymous December 2, 2019 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    In my world? After the resignations of those GOPers with enough conscience to say “enough already,” pansies desperate to hold on to their precious positions enough to cower and follow lock step.

  3. Anonymous December 2, 2019 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    The whole savior notion of Christianity – taken literally – prevents reality from being known or experienced. It desacralizes nature. Loyalty at all costs to this ignorance is the root problem.

  4. Anonymous December 3, 2019 at 7:01 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/a-fantasy-world-of-hate-anger-revenge-and-lies-juniors-book-says-a-lot-more-about-the-trump-family-than-he-knows/

    The subtitle of Triggered is “How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”
    Books have been important sources of unvarnished Trumpian facts. The father, for example, spent pages in his book Think Big denouncing Christians as “fools,”
    “idiots” and “schmucks” while declaring his life philosophy is a single word” “revenge.” He details the pleasure he says he gets from ruining the lives of those who don’t do what he wants.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/appeals-court-smacks-down-trumps-bid-to-block-banks-from-handing-congress-his-financial-records-setting-up-a-scotus-fight-report/

  5. Anon December 3, 2019 at 7:14 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/my-darkest-nightmare-about-trump-from-2016-is-coming-true-its-worse-than-i-feared/

    “Trump’s advocacy of war crimes on the campaign trail deeply disturbed me, and so I wanted to give readers an idea of what his words could actually mean if implemented.
    “He gives an order he promised to give on the campaign trail, telling the military leaders to hunt down and kill any known family members of the terrorists.”

    The idea that military service members are supposed to be “killing machines,” and thus that we ought to let them get away with acting as such, is anathema and contrary to U.S. law. But by using his presidential authority to give cover for war crimes — and unprecedented move by a U.S. commander in chief in modern times — he is unequivocally encouraging others to do the same. He doesn’t want other soldiers to feel encumbered by trivial things like the laws of war. “Donald Trump is a war-crimes enthusiast.”

    ~IT~seems Trump has also pursued another war crime he talked about a lot in 2016: stealing foreign oil as the spoils of war. Trump continues to talk about “keeping the oil” in Syria by using the U.S. military. “~IT~$ just imbecilic to say that what one needs to do when dealing with terrorists is go after their families,” said McMahan.
    “That’s what terrorism is: going after people’s families; killing or harming innocent people as a means of trying to affect the behavior of others.”
    “Then, if he starts doing this, going after the families of terrorists, then he is a terrorist.”

    pushing for the acceptability of war crimes in the United States, and lining up an American political party in defense of these actions, is a perilous precedent to set that can’t be undone. It’s impossible to know where it might lead.”

    https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Anything-That-Moves-American/dp/1250045061

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre

    aka Pinkville Massacre> Of the 26 men initially charged, Calley was the only one convicted.

  6. Whiplash December 3, 2019 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Decades ago I posted on a Star Trek bulletin board the parallels between ST and the geopolitical world at the time. The Russians were the former bitter enemy who we were just thawing out relations with: the Klingons. The Japanese were staunch allies, highly intelligent and capable, seemingly emotionless: the Vulcans. The Chinese were like the Japanese but we really didn’t know a lot about their culture: the Romulans. And then you had the Borg, soulless automatons driven by a warped striving for perfection, willing to destroy entire races and trample all over individual freedom, absorbing what it found useful and either disregarding or destroying the rest: clearly the Republicans.
    Another ST prediction come true.

  7. anonymous December 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/politics/ronny-jackson-retires-from-navy/index.html

    Trump’s former chief physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, retired from the Navy on Sunday even as the Defense Department’s Inspector General continues to investigate allegations that he was periodically intoxicated and mishandled prescription drugs, CNN has learned.

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