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Gen. Keane gives his take on fired Navy aircraft carrier captain

Gen. Keane gives his take on fired Navy aircraft carrier captain
tonight Senate Democrats are calling for the Pentagon to launch an independent inspector general's investigation into the

Navy

's decision to relieve the

captain

of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt from his post

captain

Bret Crozier who you see here sounded the alarm over the cove at 19 outbreak that was on board his

aircraft

carrier

he wrote a letter to

Navy

officials on Sunday calling for the ship's immediate evacuation after more than a hundred sailors tested positive on board
gen keane gives his take on fired navy aircraft carrier captain
now the Acting Secretary of the

Navy

says that the

captain

acted without discussing the letter with his immediate commander and sent the letter over an unsecured unclassified email system but it was copied to 20 or 30 other people okay that that's just not acceptable he did not

take

care and what that did is created a panic on the a little bit of a panic on the ship that demonstrated the extremely poor judgment in the middle of a crisis because what it's done it's created a firestorm
it's created doubts about the ship's ability to go to see if it needs to it's created doubt among the families about the health of their sailors and that was a completely unnecessary thing to do in the midst of a crisis join me now General Jack

Keane

retired four-star general and Fox News senior strategic analyst general

Keane

always good to see you what's your

take

on this story yeah I think it's pretty unfortunate circumstances taking place here because everybody involved
here is well-intentioned and you know my first my first issue with it is the the Secretary of the

Navy

listen he's completely justified and taking any actions for the reasons he stated but why is he doing that is the question I'm asked and he's he's got at least four Admirals between him and his

captain

that's over a hundred years of experience that are involved in

Navy

operations if you got a concern about somebody who's running the most powerful symbol of American power
in this country which is an

aircraft

carrier

let let those Admirals make that assessment and make the judgment about but the

Navy

secretary got himself personally invested in this I understand he may have had a conversation with the

captain

last week so that that's issue one for me and if you're doing that if you're making those decisions and not letting the Admiral make those decisions at lower levels aren't you going around the chain of command and weakening that chain to come
gen keane gives his take on fired navy aircraft carrier captain
in and doing something like that in my judgment that's true but I'll go back to it he has the authority to do it secondly is why do it now the the the Roosevelt is not operationally deployed there is a strike command group that's on that ship that's still functioning and they have control of the other ships but the ships company by and large are all focused on one on sheltering on isolation and testing the crew and getting the now 140 who are ill

take

n care of 90 something and
of those are symptomatic we all know that a

Navy

captain

is a larger-than-life figure on a ship everybody has an opinion about that

captain

who serves on that ship most of them are very favorable because we got great people out there serving and to remove that person in the middle of the of the crisis that's threatening the lives of the people on that ship seems to me that timing is off let's let's make a judgement about the mis

take

he may have made but let let him continue there
until the full assessment is is completed and gets let's get some emotional separation from this the third thing is the

captain

himself I mean why would he write a letter after he's had plenty of dialog with his chain of command on a non-secure net and then copy people on that letter who were not in his chain of command some of them are subordinate to him that is absolutely a boneheaded mis

take

in my view note despite the fact is well-intentioned obviously he was talking to his chain of
command before they got to Guam very high in a chain of command and they knew he had a lot of concern they were working on trying to get him the knees and at some point over the weekend I'm convinced he must have come to the conclusion hey listen they're not moving fast enough I've got to do something about this and that sparked the letter but there are other ways to handle it that whole chain of command if he wanted him on a vtc to talk to them about the problem he's got to
gen keane gives his take on fired navy aircraft carrier captain
include the Chief of Naval Operations and go all the way to the top with everybody else on that vtc he would have got that vtc without any problem with some whatsoever why do that and and that judgment call is what is what an issue here well and it may be one that he regrets I have no idea but as you say he clearly got to the point or I would assume just from this sequence of events that he got to the point where he felt like nobody was listening to him and that his his people were in a bad
situation that he wanted to help them out of listen to this video this is them cheering him on as he was leaving the ship they're chanting

captain

Crozier

captain

Crozier I mean that's a lot of folks general keen who seemed to feel like he was he had their back well that to my point I mean he's a larger-than-life figure on that on that ship everybody knows who you is and you you can see the send-off that he's getting from many of the crew members you know obviously don't
agree with that decision here emotionally invested in this themselves I go back to my original point I mean it it's an unfortunate situation I think it could have been better handled I believe when you're dealing with issues that

take

place in the chain of command those who are closest to that chain in command they know the facts they know the people involved let them make the decisions and the assessment about that with some people in the Pentagon making decisions about a guy who's
running the ship out in the Pacific I think we I think that's well-intentioned you have the authority to do it but I think it would better serve that we leave it to people much closer to the problem Jarrell Keene always good to get your thoughts thank you sir good to see you tonight yes they were good talking to you Martha