As I mentioned in my statement, there is an ongoing investigation into all aspects of the production and showing of the videos. I will review the facts and take further action where necessary, but, until the investigation is completed, it would be improper for me to comment further on the details of the situation.I intend to give ADM Harvey the benefit of the doubt - one that he has earned.
Now, I’ve always done my best to be up front with you and in return you’ve always given it to me straight – the good, the bad, and the ugly – just like I’ve asked you to do. Many of you have very strong views about this matter; I have taken the time to read your posts and emails to try to understand your views and opinions. For those of you who do not agree with the decision I made, it would be helpful to read the statement I provided to the media (below) to learn the reasons behind my actions. As I stated in my press release, we hold our Naval Officers to a very high standard of judgment, character, and professionalism and those standards will be maintained.
It would be helpful for all to remember that in situations like this, there is no perfect answer or action - just different bad ones. ADM Harvey didn't make this mess, he is just trying to clean it up.
I can count on half a hand the number of 4-Stars I would trust to do this right, ADM Harvey is one of them.
Read it all, and remember - never expect undiscovered perfect, relish the well delivered good.
UPDATE: Professor Bruce Fleming weighs in over at WaPo.