Thomas Modly didn't think that a recording of speech was going to get out into the public in this information age that we live in.
Modly sparked a leadership crisis at the Pentagon when an audio recording surfaced of a speech he gave to the crew of the aircraft carrier, in which he denigrated the commander he had fired for having circulated a memo calling for more help for his crew, who had been stricken by a coronavirus outbreak onboard.
In the recording of Modly's speech on board the Roosevelt, published by the Task & Purpose military news website, heckling can be heard from the crew during the speech, which was otherwise greeted with silence.
Modly justified his decision to relieve Capt Crozier of command last week, on the grounds that his four-page memo requesting more help for his crew, and asking for them to be moved on shore at Guam, had been circulated to more than 40 people. It was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle, but Modly did not accuse Crozier of the leak.
"If he didnít think that information was going to get out into the public in this information age that we live in, then he was too naive or too stupid to be the commanding officer of a ship like this," Modly said.
Listen to the 12 second audio below of Modly's lambasting of Capt. Brett Crozier. WARNING CONTAINS SALTY SAILOR LANGUAGE:
Late Night host, Stephan Colbert, remarked that Theodore Roosevelt, the ship's namesake, famously said "walk softly and carry a big stick, not talk loudly and be a big dick".