And Just Like That, SecNav Spencer is Fired

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As we noted at Today’s Campaign Update Sunday morning, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Seal Commander Collin Green were basically blackmailing President Trump. According to a Saturday report in the New York Times:

The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if plans to expel a commando from the elite unit in a war crimes case are halted by President Trump, administration officials said Saturday.

The Navy is proceeding with the disciplinary plans against the commando, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, who counts Mr. Trump as one of his most vocal supporters. After reversing a demotion in recent days, the president suggested on Thursday that he would intervene again in the case, saying that the sailor should remain in the unit.

The threats by the Navy secretary, Richard V. Spencer, and the commander, Rear Adm. Collin Green, are a rare instance of pushback against Mr. Trump from members of the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, scrambled to come up with a face-saving compromise this past week in the hope that Mr. Trump could be persuaded to change his mind.

Late Sunday afternoon, Defense Secretary Mark Esper “requested” the resignation of SecNav Spencer. As reported by the Washington Post:

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper asked for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer on Sunday after losing confidence in him over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

Spencer’s resignation came in the wake of the controversial case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was accused of war crimes on a 2017 deployment. He was acquitted of murder but convicted in July of posing with the corpse of a captive.

Esper asked for Spencer’s resignation after learning that he had privately proposed to White House officials that if they did not interfere with proceedings against Gallagher, then Spencer would ensure that Gallagher was able to retire as a Navy SEAL, with his Trident insignia.

Spencer’s private proposal to the White House — which he did not share with Esper over the course of several conversations about the matter — contradicted his public position on the Gallagher case, chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.

Esper said in the statement that he was “deeply troubled by this conduct.”

“Deeply troubled,” indeed.

This was basically the only viable solution to a situation in which the brass of one of America’s armed services threatens the Commander-in-Chief. If the Times’ report about Commander Green’s behavior is also true, then he needs to go next, preferably before the day is over.

Spencer’s acknowledgement of firing letter is exactly what we should have expected – self-serving and heavily-ladled with resistance BS:


President Trump issued three tweets telling his side of this story:

That is all.


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Craig Kelsoe

Trump derangement got him. These people are becoming easy to spot, even way before the op ed.

Craig Kelsoe

It is clear cut, Like 2 plus 2 equals 4. You do what you are told and that’s your job. He worked for Trump not the other way around. The op ed just proves that he is guilty of insubordination at the least and would think it was okay to second guess foreign policy as well, even including war moves. Good riddance.

Brian Wood

From what I understand of the situation, there was enough prosecutorial misconduct in the Gallagher case to justify his complete reinstatement. Gallagher was there on the front lines making to tough, split-second decisions with lives at stake. I have a hundred times more respect for him than for those who came along afterward, second-guessing him. With regard to the photo op with the corpse, Gallager didn’t mutilate said corpse, urinate on it, or otherwise violate any rational code of wartime conduct. There is no comparison with recording proof of the death of a piece of evil child-killing scum and the way said scum treated the bodies of our guys in, for example, Fallujah. Some of the brass (possibly including ex-Sec. Spencer, judging from his letter) evidently believe that the way to earn the respect of ISIS and their lot is to kiss up to them. Wrong. ISIS and Al Qaeda respect toughness, such as that exhibited by Gallagher and his ilk. ISIS & Al Qaeda operatives are insane animals who enjoy destroying historic architecture and murdering Christians, Yazidi, Shiites, men, women and children in the name of the bloodthirsty Allah of their twisted imagination. They didn’t sign the Geneva Convention and don’t deserve to be treated as if they had.

Jimmy MacAfee

Hillary and Barack al-Bama funded ISIS, along with the Saudis and Qatar (and Turkey, from the sale of oil ISIS had stolen.) They apparently didn’t consider ISIS enemies! I don’t know if Spencer was in on that loop, but there were others in Afghanistan – American heroes – who were prosecuted for roughing up pedos, one in particular who shoved a local authority who had raped a 12 year old.

It’s been a problem for awhile that our upper levels in the Services have made life difficult for our soldiers and Special Ops, some of it truly unjust. A review of this should be undertaken, with the removal of those who made insane ROEs – and perhaps prosecution for those who have misused the military justice system. We may need the military justice system intact and without moles and maggots in the near future. Clean ’em up!

Don McCoy

I guess even admirals have to obey the chain of command.


Dear Mr. Former Navy Secretary Spencer,

Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way out! And take you punk Admiral Green with you.


“The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if plans to expel a commando from the elite unit in a war crimes case are halted by President Trump…”

Hey NYT! How does one threaten to be fired?.

And who drafts these letters for these hacks? Adam Shift’s office staff? Is there a college course on fluff speak?

They all have the same blustery Washington DC hoity-toity, look how smart, brilliant, caring, and superior I am verbiage that ultimately means nothing.

Spencer’s letter could have been this brief:

Mr. President,

I apologize for violating the duties of my office by being insubordinate to you any your rightful constitutional authority, and for that I am resigning.

Here is my simple response to you Mr. Secretary: Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way out!

Mr. President,

Thank you for dismissing the insubordinate secretary. You could give us all a great Thanksgiving by doing the same to every other power-player who is actively and covertly working against you and America. A couple of thousand dismissals would not be excessive.


That is incredible. Absolutely what should have been done for this situation. And Green should shortly follow in his footsteps out the door.
Irregardless what the leftists thiink of the election of President Donald J. Tump, he is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Even of the the military brass who don’t like the idea of he being so.
Don’t like it, get out. The military now has a CinC who is not a politician and will not put up with folks who want to try to end run his orders. This should be a lesson to others who are thinking about going against the CinC’s orders.
Just sayin’.

Jimmy MacAfee

A lot of people have made the mistake of underestimating President Trump. When he makes a mistake, he fixes it; when others make a mistake, he expects them to correct their error, not compound it.

The prosecutor (or whatever his title is) in the Gallagher case was petty, vindictive and a real b#tch. Yes, he was. For Spencer to basically endorse that kind of prosecutorial foolishness – by extending the consequences beyond the Presidential pardon – is actually a higher level of pettiness, vindictiveness and b#tchiness. Sorry, Admiral Spencer: you compounded errors others have made, and then compounded your own.


In the old army these people were called REMF’s. With cause.



Jimmy MacAfee

Like Buttergag?


You don’t make deals with your commander in chief. You follow orders from your commander in chief.

marty lopez

Notice Trump’s executive skill sets? He immediately says no, we’re done here rather than let himself get sucked into some compromising situation with Spencer trying to massage the outcomes in an informal and untoward way. Masterful, instinctive, a life time of ethical executive experience. The Commander in Chief don’t make no rookie mistakes.

CJ Crane

Civilians in the military get the luxury of resigning after direct insubordination to POTUS. Soldiers and sailors not so much, I don’t think the UCMJ lists “resignation” as punishment, mostly lost of rand, pay, and some time in jail and/or DHD.

Carl Campozi


Jimmy MacAfee

He was referring to the NY Times article, which said “Mr. Trump.”
Re: “who counts Mr. Trump as one of his most vocal supporters.”

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