Retired Adm. William H. McRaven, the former chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, had strong words for what he believes is a climate of disrespect on Capitol Hill for those in uniform. Writing in an op-ed piece published April 24 in the Tampa Tribune, McRaven specifically criticized the Senate for holding up the promotion of Rear Adm. Brian Losey, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Africa (SOCAFRICA). McRaven contends that lawmakers based the promotion delay wrongly, under the pretext of whistle-blower complaints filed by disgruntled SOCAFRICA staffers. Even though probes by the Navy and Defense Department inspector general’s offices have exonerated Losey, the delay in his promotion continued because lawmakers “chose to use Losey’s case to pursue their own political agenda,” McRaven wrote. Senators chose to hold up other senior officer nominations until Losey’s was rescinded, he wrote. “The case of Brian Losey is a miscarriage of justice,” McRaven wrote.
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