In recent years, our military has been overrun with social engineering, dangerous and destructive rules of engagement, and a culture of prosecution against soldiers who do their jobs well. If there is a part of our government where we truly need “criminal justice reform,” it’s in the military.
Our soldiers are given aimless missions and placed into meat grinders in the Middle East, where they must indefinitely play defense and patrol on foot precarious areas with multiple warring tribes where everyone must be presumed a civilian but can potentially kill our personnel without any warning. Rather than lobby for a more clearly defined mission, the top Pentagon officials and current crop of generals are more concerned with continuing to run a politically correct military.
This brewing battle boiled over in the case of Eddie Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL chief petty officer who faced life in prison on charges that he committed war crimes and killed an unarmed boy fighting for ISIS in Mosul in 2017. Ultimately, Gallagher was found not guilty in July, but was convicted of posing for a photo in front of an ISIS corpse in Iraq. The president, as commander in chief, reinstated Gallagher’s rank and promised to ensure that his SEAL trident pin was not stripped of him upon retirement. “The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin,” Trump tweeted last Thursday. “This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!”
Trump pardoned two other soldiers on November 15. Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn , a decorated Green Beret, faced a murder trial next year for killing a suspected Taliban bombmaker responsible for killing two Marines, and Lt. Clint Lorance was convicted in 2013 in the murder of two “unarmed” fighters in Afghanistan and was serving a 19-year sentence.