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The Weekly: The Gallagher Effect
The Weekly: The Gallagher Effect

The Weekly: The Gallagher Effect

30 min • Politics & World Affairs • 2019

Trained as a medic, sniper and explosives expert, Eddie Gallagher was the consummate leader of Alpha Platoon, SEAL Team 7, part of the U.S. Navy’s elite commando force. But when his own men said he committed war crimes, it sent shock waves up the chain of command — reaching all the way to the commander in chief. Gallagher’s case continues to roil the Navy even after his acquittal on the most severe charges, and the public debate on Fox News and Twitter has widened the rift between President Trump and some top military leaders. What exactly happened in Iraq in 2017 that so alarmed Gallagher’s brothers in arms? And why has the case resonated with Trump and his political base? (Episode 25 of 30)
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