Filed under: Military, National Security, Politics | Tags: Navy SEALS, Not Guilty, Political Correctness
A Virginia military jury has found a Navy SEAL not guilty Thursday on all charges that he punched an Iraqi suspected in the 2004 killings of four U.S. Contractors in Fallujah.
Matthew McCabe was the third and last Navy SEAL to be prosecuted in the case. He had faced charges of assault, making a false official statement and dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee. The Iraqi McCabe was accused of punching is Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspected mastermind of the grisly killings six years ago, when the bodies of four Americans were burned and dragged through the streets, and two were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates.
These cases are enormously complicated, for terrorists are trained to accuse their captors of abuse. Our military are well-trained mot only to avoid any abuse, but in how to avoid it. Our military is as infiltrated with concepts of political correctness and multiculturalism as the prissiest human resources department. But the enemy is fully aware of our carefulness while sharing none of our restraint.
Each of the SEALS were given the opportunity to face Non-Judicial Punishment which would have been a slap on the wrist and an end to their SEAL service — and accepting the idea that they did something wrong. Instead they exercised their right to a court martial and the chance to clear their names. They did not accept dishonor for something they didn’t do.
The case against the three SEALS was always thin at best. It has gone on far too long, and has defied common sense, but is what a politically correct military requires. We wish Petty Officer McCabe well, and share his relief that it’s over.
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