It is over and done with, and in Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe’s own words, it’s time to move on.
However, we cannot help but look back at everything that has happened since these charges were first made public, and what we think ought to have been done.
We first read about the story on Fox News, and posted the story on Thanksgiving Day. In our own words, the fact that SEALs were being charged with assault caught our eye – and ire. And we did not even know a whole lot about the case back then.
And now that everything ended up in exoneration anyway, the question remains: why were the SEALs tried in the first place? We have already been fed with the answers provided by the U.S. Command, that they were only upholding the rules, which made us better than terrorists. And for that, these terrorists were probably laughing their heads off.
Maybe it would have helped the U.S. Command if they were a little bit more forthcoming about what it was that they knew. Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe all expressly denied that the allegations ever happened in the first place. What investigation was done before the entire situation escalated to a court martial? What exactly was so believable about the allegations of Ahmed Hashim Abed that they would actually question the integrity of those who are perceived as the best of the best?
As McCabe has said, however, we will need to put this behind us. But as a people we would like to point out that this is not how we would like America’s heroes to be treated. The U.S. Command should do better, if there would be a next time.