I cannot in good conscience accept Trumps validation of prohibiting the military from following their Uniform Code of Military justice, as he just did with the Eddie Gallagher case. Trump has the authority to pardon and forgive after the verdict – not before. Surely, as smart as he is, he should realize he is not Judge or King.
I can and will thank Eddie Gallagher for his years of service, but when he posed as he did for the world to see, I lost any respect for him
An excerpt from ex-Navy Secretary Spencer that cuts right to the core of the matter –
…The rule of law is what sets us apart from our adversaries. Good order and discipline is what has enabled our victory against foreign tyranny time and again, from Captain Lawrence’s famous order “Don’t Give up the Ship,” to the discipline and determination that propelled our flag to the highest point of Iwo Jima. The Constitution, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, are the shields that set us apart, and the beacons that protect us all. Through my Title Ten Authority, I have strived to ensure our proceedings are fair, transparent and consistent, from the newest recruit to the Flag and General Officer level….
Respectfully yours, Richard V. Spencer