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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly offered to resign on Tuesday following an uproar over a profanity-laced address to the crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, according to a senior defense official with knowledge of the matter.



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Fire the bastard.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-07 02:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mr. Modly fired a respected Navy captain after he implored officials for help as the coronavirus spread across the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Modly then flew to Guam and berated the carrier's crew. With those actions, Mr. Modly turned what could have been a straightforward health matter into a political crisis.

The issue has reached a boiling point as a number of lawmakers say they have lost confidence in Mr. Modly. They were mad last week when he fired Captain Brett E. Crozier after the captain wrote his letter to Navy officials asking for more help to fight coronavirus aboard the Roosevelt. But Mr. Modly's decision to then fly the 8,000 miles to Guam, where the ship is docked, and deliver a 15-minute tirade at the crew has infuriated members of Congress, military families and even senior Defense Department civilians and military officers.

"Acting Secretary Modly's decision to address the sailors on the Roosevelt and personally attack Captain Crozier shows a tone-deaf approach more focused on personal ego than one of the calm, steady leadership we so desperately need in this crisis," said Representative Adam Smith, Democrat of Washington. "I no longer have confidence in Acting Secretary Modly's leadership of the Navy and believe he should be removed from his position."

Mr. Smith is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, which has oversight responsibility over the military services.

As Boaz told us, "loose lips sink ships," and it's now more than obvious Modly is barely clinging to a hole-filled dinghy at this point.

Should have taken his own advice and not let internal Navy business break out into the public, especially when it regarded himself, instead of the safety of the coronavirus infected crew he stupidly berated.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-07 02:08 PM | Reply

but but he hires the best people.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-07 02:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Modly has offered his resignation.

No word yet as to whether it's been accepted by Secy Esper.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-07 03:23 PM | Reply

He has resigned

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-04-07 03:45 PM | Reply

Businessmen make the best Presidents and Naval Secs.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-07 03:52 PM | Reply

Modly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Georgetown University, and Harvard Business School. He served on active duty in the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot and spent seven years as a U.S. Navy officer.[4] He has held various leadership positions at Iconixx, Oxford Associates, and UNC Inc.,[5] and taught political science at the United States Air Force Academy.[6]

Just LOL

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 04:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Anyway, I agree with his decision to resign. His handling of this didn't do the Navy any favors.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 04:14 PM | Reply

Good, he is a POS that was in over his head.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-04-07 04:15 PM | Reply

Is anyone in the little donnie dollhands administration not an "acting" whatever?

#10 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-04-07 04:43 PM | Reply

Couldn't imagine what it's like to be a PAO during this situation

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-04-07 04:44 PM | Reply

Trump's admin is the worst admin in the history of all admins.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-07 05:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Is anyone in the little donnie dollhands administration not an "acting" whatever?

Very few, because Trump prefers unqualified yes-men who wouldn't stand a chance at Senate confirmation. Like many federal laws, the Vacancies Reform Act was not written with presidents like Trump in mind.

#13 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-07 05:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Like many federal laws, the Vacancies Reform Act was not written with presidents like Trump in mind.

When this ratflecker is gone, Congress is going to have to pass a slew of new laws and Executive-neutering regulations to make sure no President will have the law-bending destructive power that Trump now does.

And I don't think it will be hard for Republicans to come along. There's nothing that scares them more than a Democrat doing what Trump is with a Democratic-controlled Senate in tow.

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-07 05:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The job must not have enough status for Jared. Why else would he not get the appointment?

#15 | Posted by Charliecharles at 2020-04-07 10:43 PM | Reply

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