retired officer in charge, u.s. coast guard

To say that [Petty Officer Bosley] was ‘thrown under the bus’ is deflecting the real issue. The systemic problems within the chain of command did not make those decisions for him, and he was well trained in the proper procedures and policy to have made the correct decision. Bosley made a series of decisions that set events, following events into motion. He was trained better and knew better. 

The systemic failures of the CG that placed him there are secondary. Together they became a perfect storm of failure. There are failures at every level… but bottom line, the checks and balances are adherence to policy, and if he had followed policy this would have ended very differently.”