Admiral Macke acknowledged that he made a serious mistake today in his comment
about the defendants in the Okinawa rape case.
This evening, Admiral Macke and I discussed the comment and its impact on our
valued relations with Japan and Okinawa. We decided that his lapse of judgment
was so serious that he would be unable to perform effectively his duties as
Commander-In-Chief of U.S. Forces in the Pacific. As a result, Admiral Macke
offered to retire, and I accepted his early retirement.
This was a difficult decision for me and for Admiral Macke. He has served his
Navy and his country with distinction during a 35-year career. Admiral Macke
realizes that he made an error and has apologized. But the obstacles he faces
in working effectively with the government and the people of Japan in the
future left no other choice.