In a previous post, we shared with you how the false statement charges against two of the Navy SEALs – Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas and Petty Offiicer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe – have been dropped. While we may see that as a small victory, Rep. Dan Burton was not all that pleased, according to a feature on the Kokomo Perspective. And he may just have a point; the SEALs cause is most certainly far from over.
Rep. Burton released a statement after the announcement of the dropping of some of the charges, which he began by saying: “I am extremely disappointed by the decision announced yesterday. While dropping some of the charges against Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe and Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas is a small step in the right direction, it is only a small step.”
Of course he is upset. Because it is not exactly just the dropping of a couple of charges that he and his colleagues, as well as other American citizens, are clamoring for. What we were looking for was full exoneration.
Burton went on to say how he had been pointing out that the situation that the SEALs currently find themselves in is “completely wrong”. They do not deserve to be court-martialed after being commissioned to perform a dangerous mission; what they do deserve are medals and commendations.
Burton says further: “This sends a backwards message to our men and women in the military who are charged with carrying out dangerous missions and must often use aggressive force in dealing with al-Qaeda and the Taliban.”