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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-14-07 12:36 PM
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36. It's all in the link in post 29, downthread.-- a NEWSDAY article
I have to say that LT Murphy's father, the former prosecuting attorney, comes off as a more credible individual. I believe him when he says that this guy told a different story initially, and has changed his account completely. I spent decades in uniform, and never put matters of operational import to a vote--ever. Like I said elsewhere, the SEALS may do things differently (though I think not, really--esprit de corps aside), but responsibility and authority rested with (as they always do) the OIC, not the subordinates. For this guy to suggest that he cast the "deciding" vote is pure horseshit. The one who decides, and who takes the heat for the decision, no matter what, is the senior officer present. That's just the way it is.

I'm curious what the schmuck is going to do with the bloodstained dollars he gets from this ugly and self-serving missive. I rather doubt he'll share it with the families of his dead comrades.

It's the sort of tale that might con a civilian, but to anyone who's served in uniform it just doesn't ring true, as the military is not a democracy (that's repeated in every bootcamp/officer training school in all services, ad nauseum!). If this tale is true, it suggests that the USN, while in HIGHLY SELECTIVE recruiting and retention mode, allowed a weakling, indecisive SEAL to rise up the ranks from Ensign to Lieutenant, who led with a "So what youse guys wanna do?" leadership style...and that just doesn't smell right to me.
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