On Wednesday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) went on “Fox & Friends” to discuss what he sees as one of the most pressing problems in America today: that troops get punished when they commit war crimes.
“Mat Golsteyn is under suspicion of premeditated murder, Eddie Gallagher is in jail in San Diego, a Navy SEAL that is in trouble for killing bad guys the wrong way,” complained Hunter. “What I think we have here is a case of what the U.S. government would call, ‘compassionate combat’ … Meaning that they want us to kill guys compassionately, and only under the rules of engagement that they say to. And if you kill the bad guys, that we actually say are bad guys, the wrong way, well, the U.S. government then is going to try you for murder and put you in jail, even if you’re a decorated Green Beret, if you’re a Navy SEAL, if you’re Marine Corps Force Recon.”
“There’s supposed to be a thing now, ‘compassionate combat,’ which doesn’t exist,” he said. “Either you want us to kill the bad guys, or you don’t.”