More than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals issued an open letter suggesting Joe Biden was not legitimately elected president and questioning his suitability for a post.
The letter, signed by 124 retired members of the armed forces calling themselves “Flag Officers 4 America,” said America was “in great peril”, having “taken an extreme left turn towards socialism and a Marxist form of government. tyrannical”.
The letter from the retired US military leaders said: “Without fair and honest elections that faithfully reflect the ‘will of the people’ our constitutional republic is lost” and asserted that the FBI and the Supreme Court have ‘ignored’ the irregularities in 2020.
The group also questioned the “physical and mental state of the commander-in-chief” and said questions had been raised as to who was really responsible.
He also mentioned the situation on the southern border, the Iran nuclear deal, freedom of expression and China.
It comes just days after soldiers in France sparked fury by publishing their own open letter accusing President Emmanuel Macron of “surrendering” to Islamist extremists, a move that may have stimulated the far right.
The US signatories, most of whom have been retired for more than two decades, said the soldiers are now used “as political pawns, with thousands of troops deployed around the US Capitol building, patrolling the fences against a non-existent threat ”.
One of the contributors, retired Brigadier-General Don Bolduc, is running for a Senate seat in New Hampshire next year.
“We are fighting for our survival as a constitutional republic like no other time since our founding in 1776,” the letter said.
“The conflict pits supporters of socialism and Marxism against supporters of constitutional liberty and liberty.”
The statement was widely condemned, with a navy officer telling Politico it was “disturbing and reckless.”
Retired General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, said the letter, written by people he knew, made him sad and he wished it were fake.
Jim Golby, senior researcher at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas, said, “I’ve seen a lot of these letters, but this one is really something.
“The tone is shocking,” he told Politico.
“Mainly because it targets the entire Democratic Party, implies that the election was illegitimate and contains a number of verifiable lies.”
“Rest assured, there is an unsigned list of thousands of former senior officers who remain committed (for life) to the Constitution (against all enemies, foreign and domestic),” said Tony Thomas, former commander of the United Nations Command. United States special operations. .
Jim Golby, an expert on military relations, said the letter was a “shameful effort to use their rank and the reputation of the military for such a crass and blatant partisan attack.”
But the decision to publish the letter was defended by one of the main organizers – retired Major General Joe Arbuckle, a Vietnam veteran who left the military in 2000.
“Retired generals and admirals do not normally engage in political action, but the situation our nation faces today is dire and we must speak out in order to be true to our oath to support and to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, ”he told Politico.
“We face greater threats than at any time since the creation of our country.
“Aside from China, many of these threats flow directly from the political positions and actions of our own government. To remain silent would be a dereliction of duty. “