More than 120 former military officers have written to President Joe Biden, claiming that his election was rigged and casting doubt on his mental acuity.
The letter mimics former President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud, which have yet to be proven in court, and comes on the same day that Rep. Liz Cheney slammed Trump for calling the election “stolen.”
‘Our Constitutional Republic is gone without fair and honest elections that truly reflect the ‘desire of the people,” the letter from retired officers says.
President Joe Biden (seen Wednesday) has received a letter from a group of more than 120 former military officers accusing him of rigging his election.
‘Flag Officers 4 America’ is a group made up of former military officers, including generals and admirals.
‘When election anomalies are discovered, the FBI and Supreme Court must act quickly and not overlook them, as they did in 2020,’ they said.
Politico reported on the letter, which was titled a “Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals.”
As it goes after Biden, who serves as Commander in Chief of the military, it mimics Trump’s assertions that absentee ballots are not secure.
‘Electoral integrity necessitates ensuring that each citizen has just one valid vote cast and counted.’ ‘Legal votes are identified using government IDs, verified signatures, and other approved restrictions by the State Legislature,’ they explain.
‘Today, many people are calling such logical [voter ID] regulations “racist” in an attempt to prevent fair and honest elections from taking place. ‘Using racial slurs to obstruct verification of eligibility is a dictatorial intimidation strategy in and of itself,’ they add.
The veteran police cast doubt on Biden’s mental capacity, citing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s move in the days following the January 6 MAGA riot to obtain assurances about the nuclear codes.
Biden is chastised in the ‘Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals’ for ‘excessive lockdowns’ and ‘control of written and spoken expression,’ while his mental acuity is questioned.
The veteran cops slammed the Iran nuclear deal and even slapped Biden for delaying the Keystone Pipeline, claiming that ‘anarchy’ in cities must be permitted.
‘The Commander in Chief’s mental and physical state must be overlooked. They state, “He must be able to make precise national security decisions involving life and limb at any time of day or night.”
‘The Democratic leadership’s recent inquiry into nuclear code processes send a worrisome national security signal to nuclear-armed enemies, raising the question of who is in command.’ We must maintain an undeniable chain of command at all times.’
Flag Officers 4 America describes itself as an organization of “retired military leaders who vowed to protect and preserve the United States Constitution against all foes, foreign and domestic.”
The letter is a rebuttal to the public statements made in support of Biden during the campaign by national security leaders. One such effort came when ten former Defense Secretaries wrote an unprecedented op-ed in the Washington Post, warning that the US military had “no role” in the outcome of US elections and emphasizing the necessity of a peaceful transfer of power.
That letter arrived three days before the incident at the Capitol.
The letter’s signers affixed their signatures to it. Maj. Gen. Joe Arbuckle, a Vietnam veteran who later led the US Army’s Industrial Operations Command (IOC) in Rock Island, Illinois, was one of them.
‘Retired generals and admirals typically do not engage in political operations, but the situation facing our nation now is dire,’ said Arbuckle, who organized the initiative.
‘We are facing threats larger than at any previous moment since our country’s founding,’ he concluded. It would be a dereliction of duty to remain silent.’
Military members reacted angrily to the attempt, expressing their displeasure with people in uniform participating in a coordinated political operation.
The letter was signed by over 120 retired military officers, including Gen. William Boykin (left) and John Poindexter (right)
In Politico, civil-military relations expert Jim Golby criticized the initiative as a “shameful effort to utilize their status and the military’s prestige for such a crude and transparent partisan attack.”
It is ‘anti-democratic,’ according to retired Air Force colonel Marybeth Ulrich, who teaches at the Air Force Academy.
‘I think it undermines the military and, by extension, it affects the country,’ retired Adm. Mike Mullen, who served as chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and outranks those on the letter, said. ‘Right-wing Republican talking points,’ he called it.
‘To my perspective, this is a classic extremely awful illustration of the degradation of civil-military connections in America, which is the backbone of our democracy,’ said Army Col. Jeffrey McCausland, another retired military commander.
Military members have voted in elections and defended constitutional rights, but military commanders have warned against interfering in civilian politics.
In a June response to the events at Lafayette Square, retired Gen. James Mattis, who served as Defense Secretary under Trump, condemned Trump. ‘Those in authority who would make a mockery of our Constitution must be rejected and held accountable,’ Mattis wrote.
Vice Adm. John Poindexter, who was convicted in the Iran-Contra Affair, was among the signers of the anti-Biden letter.
Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, who ran for Senate against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in the Republican primary in 2020 but lost, has also signed on.
Another signer, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, was labeled anti-Muslim after making statements to a Christian congregation in which he remarked of a Somali warlord, “I realized that my God was bigger than his,” CBS previously reported.
Retired officers who signed the letter denouncing Joe Biden
MG Joseph T. Anderson, USMC, ret. RADM Philip Anselmo, USN, ret. MG Joseph Arbuckle, USA, ret. BG John Arick, USMC, ret. RADM Jon W. Bayless, Jr. USN, ret. RDML James Best, USN, ret. BG Charles Bishop, USAF, ret. BG William A. Bloomer, USMC, ret. BG Donald Bolduc, USA, ret. LTG William G. Boykin, USA, ret. MG Edward R. Bracken, USAF, ret. MG Patrick H. Brady, MOH, USA, ret. VADM Edward S. Briggs, USN, ret. LTG Richard “Tex’ Brown III USAF, ret. BG Frank Bruno, USAF, ret. VADM Toney M. Bucchi, USN, ret. RADM John T. Byrd, USN, ret. BG Jimmy Cash, USAF, ret. LTG Dennis D. Cavin, USA, ret. LTG James E. Chambers, USAF, ret. MG Carroll D. Childers, USA, ret. BG Clifton C. “Tip” Clark, USAF, ret. VADM Ed Clexton, USN, ret. MG Jay Closner, USAF, ret MG Tommy F. Crawford, USAF, ret. MG Robert E. Dempsey, USAF, ret. BG Phillip Drew, USAF, ret. MG Neil L. Eddins, USAF, ret. RADM Ernest Elliot, USN, ret. BG Jerome V. Foust, USA, ret. BG Jimmy E. Fowler, USA, ret. RADMU J. Cameron Fraser, USN, ret. MG John T. Furlow, USA, ret. MG Timothy F. Ghormley, USMC, ret. MG Francis C. Gideon, USAF, ret. MG William A. Gorton, USAF, ret. MG Lee V. Greer, USAF, ret. RDML Michael R. Groothousen, Sr., USN, ret. BG John Grueser, USAF, ret. MG Ken Hagemann, USAF, ret BG Norman Ham, USAF, ret. VADM William Hancock, USN, ret. LTG Henry J. Hatch, USA, ret. BG James M. Hesson, USA, ret. MG Bill Hobgood, USA, ret. BG Stanislaus J. Hoey, USA, ret. MG Bob Hollingsworth, USMC, ret. MG Jerry D. Holmes, USAF, ret. MG Clinton V. Horn, USAF, ret. LTG Joseph E. Hurd, USAF, ret. VADM Paul Ilg, USN, ret. MG T. Irby, USA, ret. LTG Ronald Iverson, USAF, ret. RADM (L) Grady L. Jackson MG William K. James, USAF, ret. LTG James H. Johnson, Jr. USA, ret. ADM. Jerome L. Johnson, USN, ret. BG Charles Jones, USAF, ret. BG Robert R. Jordan, USA, ret. BG Jack H. Kotter, USA, ret. MG Anthony R. Kropp, USA, ret. RADM Chuck Kubic, USN, ret. BG Jerry L. Laws, USA, ret. BG Douglas E. Lee, USA, ret. MG Vernon B. Lewis, USA, ret. MG Thomas G. Lightner, USA, ret. MG James E. Livingston, USMC, ret. MOH MG John D. Logeman, USAF, ret. MG Jarvis Lynch, USMC, ret. LTG Fred McCorkle, USMC, ret. MG Don McGregor, USAF, ret. LTG Thomas McInerney, USAF, ret. RADM John H. McKinley, USN, ret. BG Michael P. McRaney, USAF, ret. BG Ronald S. Mangum, USA, ret. BG James M. Mead, USMC, ret. BG Joe Mensching, USAF, ret. RADM W. F. Merlin, USCG, ret. RADM (L) Mark Milliken, USN, ret. MG John F. Miller, USAF, ret. RADM Ralph M. Mitchell, Jr. USN, ret. MG Paul Mock, USA. ret. BG Daniel I. Montgomery, USA, ret., RADM John A. Moriarty, USN, ret., RADM David R. Morris, USN, ret. RADM Bill Newman, USN, ret. BG Joe Oder, USA, ret. MG O’Mara, USAF, ret. MG Joe S. Owens, USA, ret. VADM Jimmy Pappas, USN, ret. LTG Garry L. Parks, USMC, ret. RADM Russ Penniman, RADM, USN, ret. RADM Leonard F. Picotte, ret. VADM John Poindexter, USN, ret. RADM Ronald Polant, USCG, ret. MG Greg Power, USAF, ret. RDM Brian Prindle, USN, ret. RADM J.J. Quinn, USN, ret. LTG Clifford H. Rees, Jr. USAF, ret. RADM Norman T. Saunders, USCG, ret. MG Richard V. Secord, USAF, ret. RADM William R. Schmidt, USN, ret. LTG Hubert Smith, USA, ret. MG James N. Stewart, USAF, ret. RADM Thomas Stone, USN., ret. BG Joseph S. Stringham, USA, ret. MG Michael Sullivan, USMC, ret. RADM (U) Jeremy Taylor, USN, ret. LTG David Teal, USAF, ret. VADM Howard B. Thorsen, USCG, ret. RADM Robert P. Tiernan, USN, ret. LTG Garry Trexler, USAF, ret. BG James T. Turlington, M.D., USAF, ret. BG Richard J. Valente, USA ret. MG Paul Vallely, USA, ret. MG Russell L. Violett, USAF, ret. BG George H. Walker, Jr. USAR Corp of Engineers, ret. MG Kenneth Weir, USMCR, ret. BG William O. Welch, USAF, ret. MG John M. White, USAF, ret. MG Geoffrey P. Wiedeman, JR. USAF, ret. MG Richard O. Wightman, Jr., USA, ret. RADM Denny Wisely, USN, ret. RADM Ray Cowden Witter, USN, ret. LTG John Woodward, ret.