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Navy Secretary Thomas Modly fired Brett Crozier, captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt, in a tiff over the way Crozier pleaded for help from coronavirus issues.

The captain issued a memo, pleading for help as over 150 members of his crew were infected with the coronavirus. The press got a hold of the plea for help, and Modly fired Crozier.

My take is that Crozier is a hero for attempting to protect his crew.

Not happy with firing Crozier and leaving it at that, Modly rubbed it in. He went to the USS Theodore Roosevelt and belittled Crozier over loud speakers.

Modly Under Fire

Now Modly is under fire. The Wall Street Journal reports Acting Navy Secretary Apologizes for Berating Ousted Captain of Coronavirus-Hit USS Roosevelt.

In the address to the crew of the Roosevelt, Mr. Modly referred disparagingly to Capt. Crozier. “If he didn’t think, in my opinion, that this information wasn’t going to get out into the public, in this information age we live in, then he was either too naive or too stupid to be a commanding officer of a ship like this,” he said over the Roosevelt’s public address system.

The alternative is he did this on purpose, which is a serious violation” of military law, he said.

In an about-face, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly apologized Monday night for his profanity-tinged remarks over the loudspeakers of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, in which he called the aircraft carrier’s former commander stupid or naive for writing and distributing a memo about a coronavirus outbreak.

In his apology, Mr. Modly revisited that point. “I believe, precisely because he is not naive and stupid, that he sent his alarming email with the intention of getting it into the public domain in an effort to draw public attention to the situation on his ship,” Mr. Modly said in the statement.



I see no apology. This is how it reads to me.

  • Crozier is not stupid.
  • Rather, Crozier did this on purpose, a serious violation of military law.

What kind of apology is that?

How about none.

The crew could be heard jeering as Modly spoke, and rightfully so.

Two-Part Solution

  1. Fire Modly
  2. Reinstate Crozier

I do not expect number two but I expect Trump will indeed get rid of Modly.

If so, good riddance to a clear scumbag.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock