Following the firing of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday, speculation now centers on how another Navy official will fare in the wake of the Eddie Gallagher case.
Rear Adm. Collin Green, who leads Navy Special Warfare Command, pursued actions against Gallagher after the SEAL was found not guilty of various war crimes. Against a tweeted countermand from President Trump, Green last week ordered a review against Gallagher for posing with other SEALs — who were not punished — alongside a dead enemy fighter.
Military lawyers told the Washington Examiner that Green would not have made such a controversial move without some kind of “top cover” from Navy leadership. Now, with top cover from Spencer gone, some observers are looking at what’s next for Green.
Brad Bailey, a former Navy SEAL and Gallagher supporter, told the Washington Examiner that Green’s review has caused serious backlash within the community. “Green is not going to survive this,” he said. “People are just tired of it. They’re tired of him dragging us through the mud.”
Bryan McGrath, a former Navy destroyer captain, believes Green will fall on his sword. “I suspect [Rear Adm.] Green may request to retire,” he said. “To call this unusual does injustice to the word. It is bizarre.” (Read more from “‘Not Going to Survive This’: Top Navy SEAL Under Threat After Trump’s Eddie Gallagher Intervention” HERE)