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Gurwitz: The Reputation of 3 SEALS

Sunday, 16 May 2010 10:13 PM

The Obama administration’s “political correctness” could cost three of America’s most elite soldiers their careers for crimes they’ve now been found innocent of.

The three Navy SEALs who faced courts-martial for allegedly abusing a terrorist and covering up the incident should be asking these questions. Last week, a military jury delivered the same verdict for Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe that two previous juries had given Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe — not guilty.

McCabe was charged with a single punch to the stomach of a man believed to have led the ambush of a convoy in Fallujah in 2004. Insurgents pulled four American military contractors — one a former SEAL — from their vehicles, brutally beat them to death, mutilated their bodies and hung the corpses from a bridge over the Euphrates River. The other two were charged with dereliction of duty for supposedly preventing the punch, and impeding the investigation.

“In the civilian world, these charges don't sound like much. In the world of the SEALs, they lead to dead-end careers,” writes Jonathan Gurwitz in a column in the San Antonio Express-News.

“That was implicit in the offer from military brass scared stiff by the Obama administration's political correctness: acknowledge guilt and accept ruinous administrative punishment, or take your chances with a court-martial and end up in the brig. The SEALs, men of honor, chose to defend their names and try to continue serving the nation in the Special Operations Forces.”

“Which office do these brave men go to to get their reputations back?” Gurtwitz asks.

Read the entire story in the San Antonio Express-News.


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