In a surprising turn of events, 124 retired U.S. generals and admirals have signed an open letter stating that the 2020 election was rigged and questioning President Joe Biden’s mental health and ability to serve.
“We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty,” states the letter signed by the former military leaders. The letter was released by “Flag Officers 4 America.”
Normally, military officers are apolitical. Yet, the letter’s signatories say that the situation facing the U.S. today is dire and they feel compelled to speak out in order to be faithful to their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the U.S. against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic
The Flag Officers 4 America’s website states that “We are retired military leaders who pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Although retired from active service, each of us feels bound by that oath to do what we can, in our capacity today, to protect our nation from the threats to her freedom.”
The officers’ letter also questions the health and ability of President Joe Biden to serve as the Commander in Chief.
“The mental and physical condition of the Commander in Chief cannot be ignored. He must be able to quickly make accurate national security decisions involving life and limb anywhere, day or night,” the letter added.
The letter listed what it considers to be the major threats facing the United States: election fairness and irregularities, the rise and danger of China, the renewal of the Iran nuclear deal talks, illegal immigration, border protection, and the ending of the Keystone Pipeline project.
“Election integrity demands ensuring there is one legal vote cast and counted per citizen. Legal votes are identified by State Legislature’s approved controls using government IDs, verified signatures, etc. Today, many are calling such commonsense controls ‘racist’ in an attempt to avoid having fair and honest elections. Using racial terms to suppress proof of eligibility is itself a tyrannical intimidation tactic,” the letter reads.
“China is the greatest external threat to America. Establishing cooperative relations with the Chinese Communist Party emboldens them to continue progress toward world domination, militarily, economically, politically, and technologically. We must impose more sanctions and restrictions to impede their world domination goal and protect America’s interests,” the letter added.
Free Speech and the Suppression of the Free Flow of Information
The letter also calls for the Big Tech protections of Section 230 to be removed.
“The free flow of information is critical to the security of our Republic, as illustrated by freedom of speech and the press being in the 1st Amendment of our Constitution. Censoring speech and expression, distorting speech, spreading disinformation by government officials, private entities, and the media is a method to suppress the free flow of information, a tyrannical technique used in closed societies. We must counter this on all fronts beginning with removing Section 230 protection from big tech.”
Officers Are Divided Over the Letter
While these 124 flag officers say that “our nation is in deep peril,” not all officers agree. Politico quoted one active-duty anonymous naval officer as saying that this letter was “disturbing and reckless.”
Further, Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the letter “hurts the military and by extension, it hurts the country” and said it contains GOP “talking points.”
However, Retired Army Maj. Gen. Joe Arbuckle, who organized the letter, responded to Politico. “It is critical that the threats to our national security be brought to the attention of the American people and that is the main purpose of the letter. To remain silent would be a dereliction of duty.”
The letter ended by urging “all citizens to get involved now at the local, state and/or national level to elect political representatives who will act to Save America, our Constitutional Republic, and hold those currently in office accountable.”
The vast majority of mainstream media has crushed the letter by accusing the writers of a racist agenda and of parroting “GOP talking points.”
Nevertheless, the very fact that so many of America’s retired military leaders question the direction the country is headed, should, at the very least, give many Americans pause to ask if this is the best course of action.