It’s the same old story. Several screw-ups cost six lives and the Marine Corps brass hats circle wagons to protect the generals that made the policies and failed to provide the necessary tools, people, training and equipment to properly do the job.
From this incident it appears the Marines are not interested in military readiness. They are only interested in “looking like” they have adequate readiness to address threats from foreign adversaries.
Obviously, the squadron commander could have said, “No sir, we are not going to fly in the next exercise until several training and equipment issues are addressed.” But, he would have been replaced and his career ruined… so he didn’t say it.
The generals went to the officer’s club to have a few drinks, while Marine dependents morn their dead. Lives were wasted and in the Pentagon it’s just business as usual.
Folks, our military is in bad need of real reform and real leadership in order to address the continued cover-ups of wanton negligence. When the military conducts an investigation of itself, it’s just the fox guarding the hen house.
The six Marines whose lives were needlessly wasted by the incompetent leadership of the United States Marine Corps were:
Lt. Col. Kevin Herrmann, 38;
Maj. James Brophy, 36;
Capt. Jahmar Resilard, 28;
Staff Sgt. Maximo Alexander Flores, 27;
Cpl. William Ross, 21; and
Cpl. Daniel Baker, 21.
Hey Supreme Court, you need to toss out the Feres Doctrine. The only way the truth can come out in the military is in a fully contested trial that unleashes unbridled investigation to expose the criminal misconduct and negligence of the admirals and generals.
The video tells the story. We thank the folks at ProPublica.org for the video to share with our readers.
You’re about ready to graduate from high school or college; do you really want to go in the military? You should know how cheaply your life is valued by the admirals and generals and a whole slew of pathetic, pandering politicians.