Former top military brass question 2020 election result, Biden’s health

More than 120 retired generals and admirals have printed an open letter questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election in addition to President Biden’s health to be commander-in-chief.

The letter, which was first reported by Politico, bears the heading of a gaggle calling itself “Flag Officers 4 America” and claims the United States “is in deep peril” and Americans are “in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776.”

Among the letter’s 126 signatories are retired Rear Adm. John Poindexter, who spent a yr as nationwide safety adviser underneath Ronald Reagan and was convicted of mendacity to Congress and obstructing the congressional investigation of the Iran-Contra affair (the conviction was later reversed), and retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, who spent 5 years as deputy undersecretary of protection for intelligence underneath George W. Bush and is now government vice chairman of the Family Research Council.

“Without fair and honest elections that accurately reflect the ‘will of the people’ our Constitutional Republic is lost. Election integrity demands insuring there is one legal vote cast and counted per citizen,” the letter reads earlier than happening to accuse critics of voter ID legal guidelines of participating in a “tyrannical intimidation tactic.”

Rear Adm. John Poindexter in Arlington, Virginia on March 28, 2001.
Rear Adm. John Poindexter, who spent a yr as nationwide safety adviser underneath the Reagan administration, signed the letter questioning the 2020 presidential election outcome.
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“Additionally, the ‘Rule of Law’ must be enforced in our election processes to ensure integrity,” the letter continues. “The FBI and Supreme Court must act swiftly when election irregularities are surfaced and not ignore them as was done in 2020.”

The letter echoes repeated claims made by former President Donald Trump that the election was stolen from him by Democrats. There is not any proof of widespread voter fraud within the 2020 election, a lot much less fraud in ample numbers to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

Later within the letter, the signatories say Biden’s “mental and physical condition … cannot be ignored.”

“He must be able to quickly make accurate national security decisions involving life and limb anywhere, day or night,” it says. “Recent Democrat leadership’s inquiries about nuclear code procedures sends a dangerous national security signal to nuclear armed adversaries, raising the question about who is in charge. We must always have an unquestionable chain of command.”

The letter touches on plenty of controversial points, together with coronavirus restrictions (which it describes as “population control”), relations with China, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Keystone Pipeline. It additionally accuses lawmakers of utilizing the military “as political pawns” within the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The letter has been met with an outcry from former military leaders.

Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advised Politico that the letter “hurts the military and by extension it hurts the country,” although he additionally famous that it was not signed by any high-ranking officers.

“It’s not very senior,” he mentioned. “In our world it’s not very significant in terms of people.”

Others had been much less sanguine, with retired Air Force Col. Marybeth Ulrich labeling the letter “anti-democratic.”

“That was way worse than I was expecting,” she advised Politico. “They are perpetuating the big lie about the election. I think it is outrageous … They are absolutely violating the norm to be apolitical. They are being used for partisan purposes. They are going against their constitutional oath.”

Voters cast their ballots at Robious Elementary school on Election Day in Midlothian, Virginia on Nov. 3, 2020.
“Election integrity demands insuring there is one legal vote cast and counted per citizen,” the letter reads. Here, voters forged their ballots on Election Day in Midlothian, Virginia on Nov. 3, 2020.
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Retired Army Maj. Gen. Joe Arbuckle, who organized the letter, acknowledged to Politico that “retired generals and admirals usually don’t interact in political actions, however the state of affairs going through our nation right this moment is dire and we should converse out with a purpose to be trustworthy to our oath to assist and defend the Constitution of the U.S. towards all enemies, international and home.

We are going through threats higher than at some other time since our nation was based … many of those threats move straight from coverage positions and actions of our personal authorities,” Arbuckle added. “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.”

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