In the 1954 movie “The Caine Mutiny,” Captain Phillip Francis Queeg (played by Humphrey Bogart) shows dangerous signs of paranoia as commander of a U.S. minesweeper. He lies to his officers, makes false accusations about the behavior of the crew, and is considered by the sailors to be a nut job.
The ship’s communications officer asks the second in command, Stephen Maryk, to consider relieving Queeg on the basis of mental incapacity under Navy article 284. Maryk resists but finally, during a storm when Queeg will not reverse course and talk on ballast, and as the ship begins to founder, Maryk takes over command and saves the vessel from going under.
The USS America is presently under the command of a Captain Queeg-like figure who lies to the nation about almost everything, makes false accusations against those he dislikes, and is considered by many to be mentally unbalanced.
But this situation can be remedied. Congress can take the helm from our psycho commander in chief and invoke the 25th Amendment to save our ship of state from sinking. I pray that they do so.
Martin H. Levinson