“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset: our sailors.” – Captain Brett Dozier, USS Roosevelt, in a memo this week to his superiors.
“I was just following orders.” – Former acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly after labeling Captain Dozier “stupid” and relieving Dozier of his duties.
After his memo was unearthed by the media, Dozier was fired days later. In a rare and raucous demonstration by military personnel Dozier was cheered wildly by the crew of The Roosevelt as he was leaving the destroyer on Friday. Modly, covering his face with a raincoat, left the White House alone.
Later, a spontaneous rally supporting Modley gathered outside the White House. “Neither them had their hearts in it, a D.C. cop told eTruePolitics.
Photo illustration by Ray Dougela