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Richard Spencer: I was fired as Navy secretary.

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Here’s what I’ve learned because of it.

 

Richard Spencer is the former secretary of the Navy.

The case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was charged with multiple war crimes before being convicted of a single lesser charge earlier this year, was troubling enough before things became even more troubling over the past few weeks. The trail of events that led to me being fired as secretary of the Navy is marked with lessons for me and for the nation.

It is highly irregular for a secretary to become deeply involved in most personnel matters. Normally, military justice works best when senior leadership stays far away. A system that prevents command influence is what separates our armed forces from others. Our system of military justice has helped build the world’s most powerful navy; good leaders get promoted, bad ones get moved out, and criminals are punished.

In combat zones, the stakes are even higher. We train our forces to be both disciplined and lethal. We strive to use proportional force, protect civilians and treat detainees fairly. Ethical conduct is what sets our military apart. I have believed that every day since joining the Marine Corps in 1976.

We are effective overseas not because we have the best equipment but because we are professionals. Our troops are held to the highest standards. We expect those who lead our forces to exercise excellent judgment. The soldiers and sailors they lead must be able to count on that.

Earlier this year, Gallagher was formally charged with more than a dozen criminal acts, including premeditated murder, which occurred during his eighth deployment overseas. He was tried in a military court in San Diego and acquitted in July of all charges, except one count of wrongfully posing for photographs with the body of a dead Islamic State fighter. The jury sentenced him to four months, the maximum possible; because he had served that amount of time waiting for trial, he was released.

President Trump involved himself in the case almost from the start. Before the trial began, in March, I received two calls from the president asking me to lift Gallagher’s confinement in a Navy brig; I pushed back twice, because the presiding judge, acting on information about the accused’s conduct, had decided that confinement was important. Eventually, the president ordered me to have him transferred to the equivalent of an enlisted barracks. I came to believe that Trump’s interest in the case stemmed partly from the way the defendant’s lawyers and others had worked to keep it front and center in the media.

After the verdict was delivered, the Navy’s normal process wasn’t finished. Gallagher had voluntarily submitted his request to retire. In his case, there were three questions: Would he be permitted to retire at the rank of chief, which is also known as an E-7? (The jury had said he should be busted to an E-6, a demotion.) The second was: Should he be allowed to leave the service with an “honorable” or “general under honorable” discharge? And a third: Should he be able to keep his Trident pin, the medal all SEALs wear and treasure as members of an elite force?

On Nov. 14, partly because the president had already contacted me twice, I sent him a note asking him not to get involved in these questions. The next day, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone called me and said the president would remain involved. Shortly thereafter, I received a second call from Cipollone, who said the president would order me to restore Gallagher to the rank of chief.

This was a shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review. It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.

Given my desire to resolve a festering issue, I tried to find a way that would prevent the president from further involvement while trying all avenues to get Gallagher’s file in front of a peer-review board. Why? The Naval Special Warfare community owns the Trident pin, not the secretary of the Navy, not the defense secretary, not even the president. If the review board concluded that Gallagher deserved to keep it, so be it.

I also began to work without personally consulting Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on every step. That was, I see in retrospect, a mistake for which I am solely responsible.

On Nov. 19, I briefed Esper’s chief of staff concerning my plan. I briefed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney that evening.

The next day, the Navy established a review board to decide the status of Gallagher’s Trident pin. According to long-standing procedure, a group of four senior enlisted SEALs would rule on the question. This was critical: It would be Gallagher’s peers managing their own community. The senior enlisted ranks in our services are the foundation of good order and discipline.

But the question was quickly made moot: On Nov. 21, the president tweeted that Gallagher would be allowed to keep his pin — Trump’s third intervention in the case. I recognized that the tweet revealed the president’s intent. But I did not believe it to be an official order, chiefly because every action taken by the president in the case so far had either been a verbal or written command.

The rest is history. We must now move on and learn from what has transpired. The public should know that we have extensive screening procedures in place to assess the health and well-being of our forces. But we must keep fine-tuning those procedures to prevent a case such as this one from happening again.

More importantly, Americans need to know that 99.9 percent of our uniformed members always have, always are and always will make the right decision. Our allies need to know that we remain a force for good, and to please bear with us as we move through this moment in time.

 


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

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2 hours ago, HappyWolverine said:

How's that impeachment going ?

Not too good huh LOL

What's the next con you leftist devil's are gonna try ? 🙂

Well when you stop watching Fake ass Fox News, you'll learn it's going quite well. They resume Dec 4th. Think Trump will come testify?


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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Just now, HappyWolverine said:

I'm sorry but this is gonna hurt a bit

Yeah, for stupid Trump lovers, like you


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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Does anyone care about these stupid nonsense pro wrestling threads?  Average American isnt aware of these stupid narratives and couldnt care less if they were.

I'm not sure if it's funny or sad watching you puppets/pawns dance.


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-Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971

 

https://oathkeepers.org/about/

 

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2 minutes ago, StraightJ said:

Does anyone care about these stupid nonsense pro wrestling threads?  Average American isnt aware of these stupid narratives and couldnt care less if they were.

I'm not sure if it's funny or sad watching you puppets/pawns dance.

You know, it was nice while you and your holier-than-thou attitude were gone

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“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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2 minutes ago, HipKat said:

You know, it was nice while you and your holier-than-thou attitude were gone

Yes, people generally dont enjoy it being pointed out that their addictions are a waste of time.  I didnt claim to be holier, and you are always welcome to leave your illusions and concentrate on things you can actually do something about, or at least things that actually matter.  


"I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway".

-Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971

 

https://oathkeepers.org/about/

 

Europa: The last Battle is the new best documentary in existence: https://search.bitchute.com/renderer?use=bitchute-json&name=Search&login=bcadmin&key=7ea2d72b62aa4f762cc5a348ef6642b8&query=Europa+The+Last+Battle

 

https://nativeamericanchurches.org/

 

My adopt a Bill is LeSean McCoy

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5 minutes ago, StraightJ said:

Yes, people generally dont enjoy it being pointed out that their addictions are a waste of time.  I didnt claim to be holier, and you are always welcome to leave your illusions and concentrate on things you can actually do something about, or at least things that actually matter.  

1, you don't "claim" to be holier-than-though, you just act that way, ALL the time.
2, the current Political climate DOES matter and I AM doing something about it; educating and pointing out the error of the Trumpkin's ways


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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3 hours ago, HappyWolverine said:

How's that impeachment going ?

Not too good huh LOL

What's the next con you leftist devil's are gonna try ? 🙂

They're already working on Trump colluding with Turkey now. Cut one head off the impeachment hydra and two more appear... Trump has to stab at the heart of the beast.


Sack "The Buffalo Range's TRUSTED News Source!"

 

"But, man, you're never going to get any truth from us. We'll tell you anything you want to hear; we lie like hell... We'll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in *illusions*, man! None of it is true! But you people sit there, day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds... We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here."

 

- Howard Beale, Network

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27 minutes ago, SackMan518 said:

They're already working on Trump colluding with Turkey now.

There is not one single bona fide news outlet reporting this so where the hell are you coming up with this nonsense? I did a search -  the only results were Rolling Stone, The Slate, DailyKos, and similar sites so you MIGHT wanna stick with some "real" news for a change

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“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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20 minutes ago, HipKat said:

There is not one single bona fide news outlet reporting this so where the hell are you coming up with this nonsense? I did a search -  the only results were Rolling Stone, The Slate, DailyKos, and similar sites so you MIGHT wanna stick with some "real" news for a change

Trump owns you, DAY and NIGHT, sucker 😃

He torments you, in turn harming you on all levels from spiritual to the physical toll

I ask you, who's the fool? LOL

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23 minutes ago, HipKat said:

There is not one single bona fide news outlet reporting this so where the hell are you coming up with this nonsense? I did a search -  the only results were Rolling Stone, The Slate, DailyKos, and similar sites so you MIGHT wanna stick with some "real" news for a change

Real news like CNN and MSNBC, right?

Buddy you are so deep in the bubble LOLOLOLOL

You must be a concocted character. You can't be a real person

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3 minutes ago, HappyWolverine said:

Real news like CNN and MSNBC, right?

Buddy you are so deep in the bubble LOLOLOLOL

You must be a concocted character. You can't be a real person

I’m going to tell you this one more time and then you can suck my cock you faggot fuck I don’t watch CNN ever. Tattoo that on your fucking face you piece of shit. And I almost never watch MSNBC other than morning Joe in the morning. And even then not very often. I understand that you’re fucking gay for Trump. I understand you jerk your little PP to his orange skin, but don’t take it out on me that you’re that pathetic.

 

now this will be the last time I ever reply to you because you bring nothing to the table. Your replies are those of a 10-year-old. Now do us all a favor and go run out in traffic you fucking dumbass.


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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34 minutes ago, HipKat said:

There is not one single bona fide news outlet reporting this so where the hell are you coming up with this nonsense? I did a search -  the only results were Rolling Stone, The Slate, DailyKos, and similar sites so you MIGHT wanna stick with some "real" news for a change

lol the stuff you called "bona fide" is what is boning your grip on reality.  I showed you on video years ago, CNN exposed (unknown to them) saying that the Russia thing was a nothing burger done for ratings, and a top exec drunk and admitting their followers(you) were stupid.  That's the same for all establishment media, even the vast minority who cater to neocons, as a form of controlled opposition.  


"I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway".

-Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971

 

https://oathkeepers.org/about/

 

Europa: The last Battle is the new best documentary in existence: https://search.bitchute.com/renderer?use=bitchute-json&name=Search&login=bcadmin&key=7ea2d72b62aa4f762cc5a348ef6642b8&query=Europa+The+Last+Battle

 

https://nativeamericanchurches.org/

 

My adopt a Bill is LeSean McCoy

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Sack is actually doing the board a disservice by feeding the trolls and keeping this pro wrestling BS going.  He would be wise to just let you clowns give each other reacharounds until you get board of it and stop.

New board software, SOS.  

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"I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway".

-Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971

 

https://oathkeepers.org/about/

 

Europa: The last Battle is the new best documentary in existence: https://search.bitchute.com/renderer?use=bitchute-json&name=Search&login=bcadmin&key=7ea2d72b62aa4f762cc5a348ef6642b8&query=Europa+The+Last+Battle

 

https://nativeamericanchurches.org/

 

My adopt a Bill is LeSean McCoy

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Rare image of Liberals in bed at night.

 

Liberals Sleeping.jpg


Sack "The Buffalo Range's TRUSTED News Source!"

 

"But, man, you're never going to get any truth from us. We'll tell you anything you want to hear; we lie like hell... We'll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in *illusions*, man! None of it is true! But you people sit there, day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds... We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here."

 

- Howard Beale, Network

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Nope. I sleep like a baby knowing his imminent impeachment is coming

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“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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1 minute ago, SackMan518 said:

Rare image of Liberals in bed at night.

Liberals Sleeping.jpg

It should show the Constitution, which they have hated far longer than Trump, and which they will continue to hate long after he is gone.  What's left of it anyhow.

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"I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway".

-Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971

 

https://oathkeepers.org/about/

 

Europa: The last Battle is the new best documentary in existence: https://search.bitchute.com/renderer?use=bitchute-json&name=Search&login=bcadmin&key=7ea2d72b62aa4f762cc5a348ef6642b8&query=Europa+The+Last+Battle

 

https://nativeamericanchurches.org/

 

My adopt a Bill is LeSean McCoy

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21 minutes ago, StraightJ said:

It should show the Constitution, which they have hated far longer than Trump, and which they will continue to hate long after he is gone.  What's left of it anyhow.

Are you fucking stupid? Trump is the one that is pissing all over the constitution.


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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5 minutes ago, HipKat said:

Are you fucking stupid? Trump is the one that is pissing all over the constitution.

At times, sure.  Even Sack knew to get read of his sig before I eventually had to say something.  But far less than those of the flaming ilk, like the people who get you giddy/aroused.  They seem to attack the Constitution for sport.


"I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway".

-Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971

 

https://oathkeepers.org/about/

 

Europa: The last Battle is the new best documentary in existence: https://search.bitchute.com/renderer?use=bitchute-json&name=Search&login=bcadmin&key=7ea2d72b62aa4f762cc5a348ef6642b8&query=Europa+The+Last+Battle

 

https://nativeamericanchurches.org/

 

My adopt a Bill is LeSean McCoy

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5 minutes ago, HipKat said:

Are you fucking stupid? Trump is the one that is pissing all over the constitution.

Did you really need to ask?

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1 minute ago, jc856 said:

Did you really need to ask?

Do you really need to post?  That's one reason I banned the board for so long, reading these personal attack posts that offer absolutely nothing of substance.  Admin used to BAN people for such posts.  I wish he would return to action ASAP.


"I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway".

-Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971

 

https://oathkeepers.org/about/

 

Europa: The last Battle is the new best documentary in existence: https://search.bitchute.com/renderer?use=bitchute-json&name=Search&login=bcadmin&key=7ea2d72b62aa4f762cc5a348ef6642b8&query=Europa+The+Last+Battle

 

https://nativeamericanchurches.org/

 

My adopt a Bill is LeSean McCoy

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1 minute ago, jc856 said:

Did you really need to ask?

Ask? Ask what? Ask whom? Oh, you must be talking about the fellow I put on ignore. Nice thing about this site is when you put somebody on ignore, they just completely disappear. It’s like they never existed. Or were still on hiatus in La La Land


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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