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  1. *“Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.”* – George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775

  2. There are two separate things here:

    * Most recently Gallagher was charged for the killing of an ISIS prisoner. The military charges that he stabbed the prisoner and then took pictures. He contends that the prisoner was already dead when he took pictures. Eventually he was cleared of murder but still charged for taking pictures. Trump pardoned Gallagher for that
    * Separate to the above, Gallagher has a long list of infractions – like being reckless in combat, trying to run over Navy police during a traffic stop at base, etc.

    Now personally, I can be ok with Trump pardoning Gallagher for the photos, while still also be ok that given Gallagher’s long list of infractions, his conduct is unbecoming of a Navy SEAL.

  3. >To have a commander remove that pin after a guy has gone through so much to earn it, it is pretty much the worst thing you could do

    Except for what that guy did to have it removed. He can rot in hell.

  4. Good.

    The SEALs have famously received a lot of latitude when it comes to regulations and rules that everyone else has to follow. It’s time to reign that in and remind them they’re no different than anyone else in the Navy. The days of getting passes for doing things that would land most other sailors in prison are over with.


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