SOS SITREP – 16 February 2019
Hello all you Vets in the Fight®, this is David Miller, with your weekly Special Operations Speaks, Vets in the Fight® SITREP.
“ The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people. ” – Tom Clancy
Information, and just as importantly misinformation, has always been one of mankind’s most potent weapons. It is no less so today. Tragically, veterans have felt the brunt of deceit, lies and morally bankrupt officials and have paid a steep price. Cases are still ongoing today. Major (RET) Fred Galvin fought to clear himself and his Marines for 12 years. Galvin and 6 Marines under his command were accused of killing 19 civilians and wounding 50 after an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007. All seven were ostracized and their careers ruined. Their families shared the shame and humiliation of their husbands and financial and personal ruin followed.
Navy SEAL Chief Ed Gallagher has been charged with premeditated murder, attempted murder and nearly a dozen other offenses. This controversial case took a new turn recently when a judge ruled that an Iraqi Major General must be called to testify. The general insists that Gallagher did not kill an allegedly young ISIS fighter. It is yet to be seen if the State Dept. will allow the general to travel here to testify. Gallagher has eight tours in the Middle East and has built a reputation as a courageous fighter that saved lives not only as medic but as a sniper as well, and was decorated accordingly. We’ll be following this case with keen interest.
Former Green Beret Major Matt Golsteyn is a decorated veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was held in very high regard by his team, the Marines that were attached to them and the Afghan forces he worked with. He was awarded the Silver Star for actions in 2010 during fighting in an almost impossible battle space Mariah, Helmand Province. In 2011, the Army began to investigate him for allegedly killing a suspected Taliban bomb maker. After years of interviews and digging, the Army came up with exactly nothing. In fact, through administrative processes the allegations of murder were dropped. Even so, he was stripped of his command, his Special Forces Tab, the Silver Star and nomination for the Distinguished Service Cross. The Army had the CIA interview in which Golsteyn admitted to killing the Taliban bomb maker for years and found no compelling evidence to pursue charges of murder, but, after a 2016 interview with Fox News, the Army reopened the case and Golsteyn now faces murder charges. A recent twist to this near nine yer saga is that the CID agent leading the Army’s investigation has been charged with unauthorized wear of military accolades-stolen valor-for wearing medals not earned for personal gain. Based on the belief that the agent’s actions destroy his credibility, Golsteyn and his attorney have requested all charges be dropped or the case be accelerated to immediate trial.
Green Berets SFC Charles Martland and CPT Dan Quinn were charged with beating an Afghan Police Commander after being told that the commander had repeatedly raped a young boy and both were due to be processed out of the Army. Martland appealed and was returned to duty, CPT Quinn later left the Army after being removed from command.
LTC (Ret) Allen West, went through similar trials after he was found guilty of violating articles of the UCMJ during an interrogation of an Iraqi policeman whom West believed hd information about a plot to assassinate him. West fired his pistol into a clearing barrel to intimidate the man into talking. It worked and ambushes ceased until West left the theater. West was forced to retire as a result.
We highlight these cases to bring focus on the often impossible combat operating environment today’s military must navigate. The ROE (rules of engagement) are often several layers deep and just as often are in conflict with each other. The military depends far too much on lawyers, bureaucrats and politicians that probably have no combat experience. Our men and women in uniform are help to near insane conduct while fighting an enemy that have no such constraints. The Pentagon would fo well to take a step back and figure out if it wants to win battles and wars or continue to bend over to the politically correct leftist ideologues that, in fact, hate our military.
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