You get brilliant diplomacy.
Who knows? Under a Commander in Chief like that, Navy SEALS might even go on trial for punching a barbarian they should have just killed. All on the word of the barbarian in question, of course.
Or you might even find rubes willing to spend five dollars on a button.
Some good points about the SEALs from an Army officer.
I suspect that by asking for a court-martial instead of non-judicial
punishment, the SEALs are maintaining that they are absolutely innocent of striking the detainee after he was subdued. They would be foolish to do this as a “How dare we get punished for one little punch” statement — they know that a court-martial will only assess the binary “did it happen/did it not happen” aspect and not whether it’s a big deal in the grand cosmic scheme of things. And being found guilty at court-martial, even for a single punch, would be devastating for anyone’s future. I think the SEALs will argue that the bloody lip was caused 1) by someone else at the detention center or 2) by the detainee himself, who knows the knots we tie ourselves in over these kinds of things.
Finally, I’d submit that someone who got punched in the face by a Navy SEAL would probably end up with much, much worse than a bloody lip.