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Spencer Out as Navy Secretary

November 25, 2019

Episode Notes:

Richard V. Spencer is no longer the Secretary of the Navy. His departure involves the handling of the case of Edward Gallagher, the Navy SEAL convicted of posing with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter in Iraq. President Donald Trump intervened, reversing the disciplinary action against Gallagher.

That much we know for sure. What we don’t know, at this point, is everything else. Whose story should we believe about Spencer’s departure – Spencer himself, the Pentagon, or Trump?

Here to help us think through this story is Doyle Hodges. Doyle is executive editor of Texas National Security Review. A retired naval officer with a PhD from Princeton, he has taught at the Naval Academy and the Naval War College and served as a visiting fellow at the Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. Doyle published an article in the Washington Post on Nov. 22 on this very topic.

Follow Doyle on Twitter: @DoyleKHodges

[ 1:30 ] Three narratives about the Spencer’ resignation

[ 3:00 ] Why this story is important

[ 5:00 ] Partisan politics and the military

[ 6:35 ] The historical novelty of this situation

[ 7:22 ] What to look for next

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