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Washington Times: Save the SEALs

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Posted on March 5 2010 10:27 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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EDITORIAL: Save the SEALs

You’re for the SEALs, or for the terrorists

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

…Some in the SEAL community believe that dropping charges is the wrong approach because it would deny the defendants an opportunity to clear their names. The SEALs originally had been given the option of accepting administrative punishment but demanded a court martial for this reason. Jack Lynch, former president of the UDT-SEAL Association, who passed away in February, wrote that since a court martial has commenced, “it must be followed through.” He believed that if the charges were dropped, “there would always be doubt in some folks’ minds that we are hiding something. This could be a media fiasco no one needs. There is no choice but to go forward.”

This argument would carry more weight if the SEALs could get a fair trial. But in the current politicized atmosphere and with an administration that goes out of its way to placate Muslim sentiment, it’s not a sure thing that the accused would be vindicated. Having the charges dropped is preferable to seeing these young men railroaded to serve the political designs of the White House. That would be a fiasco indeed.

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