Worth reading: A Washington Post column by Richard Spencer, the Navy secretary fired for resisting Donald Trump’s intervention in the war crimes case against SEAL Edward Gallagher.

Trump shouldn’t have gotten involved. The Navy secretary shouldn’t have gotten involved either, he writes.


It is highly irregular for a secretary to become deeply involved in most personnel matters. Normally, military justice works best when senior leadership stays far away. A system that prevents command influence is what separates our armed forces from others. Our system of military justice has helped build the world’s most powerful navy; good leaders get promoted, bad ones get moved out, and criminals are punished.

Spencer, a Marine veteran, had harsh words for Trump, who responded to conservative media manipulation.

It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.

Trump’s lack of understanding doesn’t end with military matters.