The Danger of Trump’s Incompetence

Today’s story in the NY Times is sickening. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/us/navy-seals-edward-gallagher-video.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

For those w/o a NY Times subscription, here’s some highlights:

“The guy is freaking evil,” Special Operator 1st Class, Craig Miller told investigators.

In one instance, captured on a SEAL team member’s helmet video, he fatally stabbed a wounded captive that had been previously sedated, then posed over it to announce a “re-enlistment” ceremony, holding the captive’s corpse by the hair as if he were clutching a hunting trophy.

“I was listening to it, and I was just thinking, like, this is the most disgraceful thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Miller, who has since been promoted to chief, told investigators.

Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, a medic in the platoon, told the investigators: “You could tell he was perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving.” “The guy was toxic” said Special Operator 1st Class Joshua Vriens. They described how their chief targeted women and children and boasted that “Burquas were flying”. Asked whether the chief had a bias against Middle Eastern people, Scott replied, “I think he just wants to kill anybody he can.”

The good order and discipline of the United States military is being destroyed by a corrupt, incompetent and immoral commander in chief.

25 thoughts on “The Danger of Trump’s Incompetence

  1. Story is also available at pilotonline.com and CNN.com, for those without NYT access.

    And it saddens me that one of our most elite fighting groups is being dragged through the Trump swamp. And while they were bad decisions made by the prosecutors that basically got the most heinous of the accusations thrown out, it is obvious by these comments that those with boots on the ground had a big issue with Gallagher. And not just because they were disgruntled by his leadership. But because the man just wanted to kill people, regardless of their status.

    Why do I have this terrible hunch that Gallagher is going to be nominated as the new Secretary of the Navy? Or at least “acting”.

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    1. Undermining the military system of justice without justification is another action by the Idiot in Chief that will continue to hurt and haunt our Country for years.

      He’s too ignorant and corrupt to even care..

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  2. “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

    “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise,” he said on Feb. 1, 2016.

    At a Las Vegas rally later that month, he said security guards were too gentle with a protester. “He’s walking out with big high-fives, smiling, laughing,” Trump said. “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”

    A similar situation unfolded at a rally that month in Warren, Michigan.

    “Get him out,” he said of a protester. “Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it.”

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/back-trump-comments-perceived-encouraging-violence/story?id=48415766

    I think Trump fancies himself as a tough guy. He praises Bolsonaro, Duterte, Putin, Xi, Kim etc., for what they get away with absent the inconvenience of the rule of law. He ignores Congress by telling them to go screw themselves, but uses the courts to delay and deny regardless if he is right or not.

    It is interesting that not only is his approval rating lower at this time of his than anyone since Truman, but it has not wavered from well below 50% since taking office despite the continuing economic strength since 2010, low unemployment and minor tax cuts for the middle and working classes. And now a majority wants him removed from office.

    Maybe he can’t really shoot someone on Fifth Avenue after all.

    So back to Gallagher. I guess Trump wants to foster a brutal military in his own self image. And it might be backfiring.

    IMHO

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    1. Remember when Biden threatened to take him out back the schoolhouse and kick his butt? I’ll take Biden in that fight 99 out of 100 times. The one time loss would be by default because Joe forgot where the schoolhouse was.

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      1. Trump is a big fan of professional wrestling.

        ” The Trump presidency is right out of a WWE script. His brawling news conferences, his beefs with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Mika Brzezinski, the who’s-up-who’s-down chaos inside his White House, all bear the imprint of a man schooled on the melodramatic storylines of pro wrestling.”

        “Us vs. Them, Good vs. Evil, Ravishing Rick vs. The Snake. Outrageous Don scripted his campaign as a series of professional- wrestling scenarios, complete with menacing foreigners, unclever nicknames and plenty of trash talk. When the show got him elected, he doubled down, taunting world leaders and journalists alike. We haven’t seen him in tights yet, thank heavens, but he did get a bit saucy with the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump’s improvised line about “fire and fury like the world has never seen” would not be out of place on the USA Network’s weekly “WWE SmackDown.”

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-goes-back-to-his-professional-wrestling-days/2017/08/25/6d2e4da8-89b5-11e7-961d-2f373b3977ee_story.html

        Of course, it is all fake.

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  3. RE: “The good order and discipline of the United States military is being destroyed by a corrupt, incompetent and immoral commander in chief.”

    I don’t believe that. The NYT story is a joke, to which the appropriate response is a sarcastic, “BOO HOO!”

    If you have experience in leadership positions you know that sometimes the leader gets a toxic crew to work with. That seems to have been the case with Gallagher and the subordinates who turned him in for war crimes. The subordinates knew that they themselves were the problem. That’s why so many of them broke down in tears while giving their testimony to investigators.

    Mismatches between leaders and teams happen. Sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. Since the military jury that heard Gallagher’s case acquitted him of “all but a single relatively minor charge,” there’s not much more to say about it.

    There’s certainly no case to be made that the commander in chief is somehow at fault or that “The good order and discipline of the United States military is being destroyed” by him. That’s just ridiculous, even derranged.

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    1. RE: “Inside information?”

      Nope. Warfighters crying like babies while supposedly “doing the right thing” is the tell. They weren’t “doing the right thing,” and they knew it. That’s why they cried.

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      1. RE: “Is that based on anything other than your psychological guesswork?”

        Yes. It is based on my experience as a team leader in high pressure assignments over many years.

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        1. Not to question your history, but I imagine that a SEAL team composed of people who graduated from one of the world’s toughest physical and mental training regimens and fought together over a period of years might be a bit different than a work project.

          I ran my own business for 40 years and I can safely say that making payroll is pressure. Competing for assignments, negotiations for fees, watching the weather for cancellations and incurring costs, managing a set, etc., are all pressure situations. And I had to work with some toxic folks in some instances.

          But I can’t imagine what combat is like and certainly not as a special forces soldier.

          “Warfighters crying like babies” is an insulting description of these men and their reactions. Just because they are tough and well trained does not mean they don’t have emotions. It would be disturbing if they didn’t.

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          1. @Len

            Many of trump’s keyboard warriors adopt the false bravado of their cult leader and think they are, in fact, warriors and not sycophant “wannabes”.

            IMO responding to this drivel is a waste of time.

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    2. You appear to have little knowledge of how the military works. Saying that the “crew” were the “toxic” ones in this instance is misguided, and from the interviews, extremely inaccurate. Gallagher was a problem and because he was in the lead, the rest of his team, had little choice but to follow. If the prosecution hadn’t screwed the pooch, he would have been convicted of the most serious of charges. Your experience as “a team leader in high pressure assignments over many years.” in now way compares to warfighters on the battlefield. Honor, courage, and commitment, the core values of the Navy were not held in very high esteem by Chief Gallagher. His team members tried to uphold them. To call them”cry babies” shows me how blind you appear to be about the truth in this, as in toher, matters. If Trump says it, it must be true. Enjoy your green sky and blue sand.

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      1. RE: “You appear to have little knowledge of how the military works.”

        You, however, clealy have little knowledge of your own ignorance. What do you think you know about me or my background that qualifies you to say such a thing?

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  4. Well gee, someone actually wastes their money on the NYT trash and then cites it as source to make ridiculous assertions? Perhaps the left should come to terms with their toxicity before casting aspersions. Just sayin

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    1. “NYT trash”

      . The New York Times has won 125 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization.

      You should “waste” some money some time, you may learn something.

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      1. I’d rather buy Home and Garden than liberal garbage. No learning anything from NY trash. Perhaps you could learn something besides progressive idealism by putting the NYT down and using your noodle?

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