Sinking ship
Jan 20, 2016 | 10227 views | 0 0 comments | 480 480 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

The recent kerfuffle between Iran and the U.S. Navy clearly demonstrates the degree to which the defeatism of the milquetoast Obama Administration has not only permeated our country's foreign policy and raised concerns about our commitment to our allies, but has affected the fidelity of at least one member and, perhaps more, of our armed forces.

Lieutenant David Nartker, the commander who surrendered the two U. S. Navy vessels to Iran is a disgrace to himself, his uniform, his comrades, his oath, the traditions of the naval service and his country. He should be tried by a court martial and, at the very least, cashiered from the service.

His actions showed a complete lack of judgment and common sense, surrendering his command without resistance. The site of American sailors on their knees with their hands over their heads, a picture of complete subjugation, was a huge victory for the Iranian Mullahs and other jihadists.

His behavior demonstrates an inability to command military forces as required by his oath and the military code of conduct.

The lieutenant has earned the opprobrium of every patriotic American when he disavowed the 200-year tradition of the Navy as expressed by the great American hero, Captain James Lawrence (U.S.S. Chesapeake), when faced by a superior enemy and mortally wounded gave his last command, "Don't give up the ship," words immortalized by his colleague Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie, and the watchword of the U. S. Navy ever since.

Lt. Nartker, when faced with far less danger than Captain Lawrence, displayed not only his own incompetence but the impotence of President Obama and his administration. Neither should command even a rowboat on Lake Ronkonkoma, let alone a warship of that power.


James Armet

Ozone Park
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