December 27, 2019
Edward Gallagher even looks like Chuck Norris!
Maybe it’s just a result of my own tendency to believe the opposite of what the media tells me is morally correct, but to me, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher sounds like a type of 1980s action hero.
A group of Navy SEALS who accused their platoon leader of war crimes have spoken out in never-before-seen footage obtained by The New York Times.
According to a trove of leaked Navy materials, members of SEAL Team 7 described Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher in grim terms, calling him “freaking evil,” “toxic” and a “psychopath.”
“You could tell he was perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving,” Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, a medic in the platoon, told investigators during Gallagher’s trial on war crimes, including murder, according to the report.
In the leaked video interviews, SEAL Team 7 members described seeing Gallagher targeting civilians, including a 12-year-old child, and fatally stabbing a wounded captive with a hunting knife.
Gallagher was ultimately acquitted by a military jury in July of murder charges but was demoted after being convicted of posing for a photo with the ISIS captive’s body. However, he was ultimately spared all punishment after President Trump intervened in November and restored his rank.
Gallagher’s lawyer told the Times that the video interviews were full of inconsistencies and falsehoods that created “a clear road map to the acquittal.”
The Times reports that in the video interviews with investigators, “three SEALs said they saw Chief Gallagher go on to stab the sedated captive for no reason, and then hold an impromptu re-enlistment ceremony over the body, as if it were a 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,” Special Operator 1st Class Craig Miller stated.
Social media posts from earlier this week showed Gallagher meeting Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Gallagher appeared to give the president a folded, black-and-white ISIS flag. In an Instagram post, Gallagher described the flag as a gift to the president from his time in Mosul, Iraq.
(Here’s the NYT link, but I can’t get the video to play. You can try.)
Maybe he’s a psychopath or a satanist or something.
Killing Arabs though – who cares?
Plus I mean – the US government ordered the military to invade all of these countries. Millions of people have died. How do they go on to blame the soldiers they sent to kill people for killing people?
George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump should really all be charged with war crimes. As should every Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense that all three of them had.
I don’t go along with the whole Republican thing of giving almost religious-type reverence to the military and I think it is borderline pathological. Soldiers get paid money to join the military, so assuming they are all good people, or heroes, simply for taking a job where they might die is not logical.
Logging and fishing are more dangerous than being in the military.
No one gives you a standing ovation when you say you served in the logging industry. And frankly, America needs logs a lot more than it needs democracy in the Middle East.
That said, no one in the military should be charged with anything, even if they were like, stabbing prisoners with hunting knives for shock value, or whatever. The concept of sending people to kill people and then saying “you killed them too hard!” is bizarre and should not be taken seriously by any serious person.
Frankly, however, we are very short on serious people these days.