Is Acting secretary of the Navy right in resigning after calling ousted aircraft carrier captain 'stupid' or no?
Washington (CNN)Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday, a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in an address to the ship's crew, according to a US official and a former senior military official.
The Navy and Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment. Undersecretary of the Army James McPherson has been tapped to succeed Modly, a US official and a defense official tells CNN. McPherson is a retired rear admiral and was the former judge advocate general of the Navy.
On Monday, Modly told the crew of the Roosevelt that their former commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, was either "too naive or too stupid" to be in command or that he intentionally leaked a memo to the media, in which Crozier warned about coronavirus spreading aboard the aircraft carrier and urged action to save his sailors, according to remarks obtained by CNN.
- 2 months ago
A battleship sized Benghazi may very well have been avoided. If "they" acted to protect their people and their boat, then they did the right thing. If an acting Secretary realizes this, perhaps they would consider the safety of the people and boat, as a discretionary call by the person running the boat. The email could have been unintentionally misrouted to a group not intended, had it been hacked.
- Anonymous2 months ago
His words may be harsh, but his mission oriented beliefs are correct. The NAVY except for the SEALS have become a lot less rugged than they used to be. They've gone soft & sensitive. COVID-19 got them panicking because less than 1% of the supposedly healthy crew might die of COVID-19 while 85% can function as normal & stay on ship (quarantine) for 2-4 weeks, much shorter than a 6 month deployment. Aircraft carriers are noted for their tip top shape in preparedness. They have all PPE for Radiations, Germs, Chemical, Gas, & Fires, vaccinated with all controllable extremely lethal diseases brewing in each personnel's system, & physical readiness.
The Captain might have panicked for political reason or partisan news media disinformation. Only 450 something got infected when they're all literally living like sardines for 3 to 6 months at sea. There are 5,000 sailors on the ship, once in a while there'll be a sailor or two that will jump over board. Though the sailors that jumps over board may halt some operations for some hours, it isn't a cause for panic. There are sailors that becomes ill & injured, but it doesn't cripple the whole ship & prevent the ship from performing its duties. In a ship of 5,000 physically fit & ready sailors, which data has determined to not be at a risk of severe illness with COVID-19. Only 1 person got hospitalized. The person would have been airlifted, if the ship medic couldn't care for the person, if the ship was still out at sea. The NAVY has gone soft having a Capt. & crew that are not as focused to their mission. You can take preparation routinely, but there are certain situation that no amount of preparation can control like a snowflakes, The NAVY needs a Patton.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 72 months ago
"Resigning" is federal government speak for YOU GOT FIRED. This guy did not resign because he wanted too, HE GOT FIRED.
- 2 months ago
HOW ABOUT the LEAKER SHOULD BE IN LEAVENWORTH for the next 50 years as a traitor for leaking info out that could jeopardize the whole USA.
OH WAIT... we can not do that unless we lock up HANOI JANE and other traitors.
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- jeeper_peeper321Lv 72 months ago
why should he resign for telling the truth
the capt was stupid for the manner he published his message, and knew he was gonna be canned as he sent the message
- DanielLv 72 months ago
What are you asking? If his resignation was stupid or what he did was stupid.
I'm sure that he was given the option of resigning or being fired by Trump or the SECDEF.
Bottom line--he needed to go.
Regardless of whether firing the captain was correct or not, flying half-way around the world during a DOD-wide ban on non-essential travel and then publicly chastising the captain over the carrier's PA system was beyond stupid and irresponsible.
He is an Annapolis graduate. He should have learned a long time ago of the concept of 'praise in public, punish in private.' Normally when a commander is relieved, the standard PA statement is that their boss lost faith and confidence in their ability to lead and that further details on administrative actions are covered by the Privacy Act. But no, he had to fly to the opposite side of the world just to dog on the guy to his troops as he walked off the boat. I've seen a lot of examples of poor leadership over the last two decades, and this guy is definitely in the running for he prize.
On his way out, DFAS should establish a debt for him to pay off for all of the jet fuel he wasted flying to Guam and back.
- kathy_is_a_nurseLv 72 months ago
To quote (former) Secretary of the Navy Modly, thinking his calling a popular Captain "stupid and naive" was... well stupid and naive. How could he not think there would be repercussions?
And BTW, I DO think Crozier should have been relieved of duty for using unsecured lines, but not because of why he was concerned. There had to be other ways to accomplish the same end goal.
- 2 months ago
When you are relieved of squad command and given your administrative punishment in the public square, the guy who whipped you is not then supposed to approach your former squad and tell them you are a douchenozzle.
- MAD MAXLv 72 months ago
No this was a political hit job!
- u_bin_calledLv 72 months ago
quite simply, you're seeing that two wrongs don't make a right...
it was wrong for a commanding officer to broadcast publicly that his vessel's combat readiness was compromised and he should be held accountable for that breach of conduct...
it was wrong for his administrative superior to insult him in such an unprofessional manner and he should be held accountable for that breach of conduct..