“Its not unfair for Spencer to take the fall for going behind his superiors back- and over his head.
You just cant do that.
As for the nuances of the Gallagher case, they dont matter. You dont do that to your boss.”
SECNAV should have had the good sense to fall on his sword after the debacle he created in trying to have it both ways (run Chief Gallagher through a SEAL suitability review board, but engineer him keeping his Budweiser after all was said and done). But he had to be fired, which makes things worse. Also, if he disagreed with his boss all along he should have resigned in protest and gone to the press or written a book or whatever.
Spencer way, way over-thought this one, and got caught in a lie as a result. He should have had the good sense to just shut his suck, salute smartly and say “Aye, aye Mister President!” and execute the directive he knew he’d been given. Self-inflicted gunshot wound on Spencer’s part all the way.