Wednesday, April 01, 2020

My hot take (probably not popular)...This carrier commander showed himself to be unfit to lead--the letter he wrote reeks of weakness...

via Military Times.
The commanding officer of an aircraft carrier sidelined in Guam says there are more than 100 positive cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus among its crew and is calling on Navy leadership to do more to protect the lives of his sailors.

Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, wrote a four-page letter to his superiors, pleading with them to take action to help stem the spread of COVID-19 cases on his ship. The San Francisco Chronicle obtained a copy of Crozier's letter and broke the story of his stunningly candid request that Navy leaders fix what he says is an ineffective strategy that will only slow the spread on the carrier -- not stop it.

"We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die," the captain wrote. "If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset -- our Sailors."

How did this bubba rise to command an aircraft carrier?  This letter reeks of weakness and fear.

I know its not popular but think about it.  No.  This isn't wartime but the President of the United States declared a NATIONAL EMERGENCY!  It should be obvious to everyone that enemies of our country are watching.  Listening.  Assessing.

And this cowboy decided to write this?  The fact that it leaked to the press is another problem entirely and quite honestly NCIS needs to hunt down the leaker and prosecute him/her/it to the fullest of the law.

That letter endangered our national security and confidence in our military force.

But back to the letter itself.
"We are not at war.  Sailors do not need to die"
Sad truth?  People die everyday.  Some fall overboard.  Some fall prey to accidents.  Others decide to take their own lives.

Death is unfortunately a common occurrence even in the peacetime military. This CO needs some perspective.  Hopefully he gets it in a desk job and not as commanding officer of an aircraft carrier.

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