The USS John S McCain’s fatal crash, the fourth US naval accident in a year, makes America look inconsistent and unreliable – much like the president himself

The dismissal of Joseph Aucoin, commander of the US 7th Fleet, is more formal than practical as Aucoin was close to retirement anyway. But heads had to roll after a series of accidents, including two recent fatal collisions. Military responsibility is what it is; in the end the top man had to take the rap. More surprising than Aucoin’s dismissal, perhaps, is that he did not submit his resignation as a matter of honour first.

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