Biden’s Military Endorsers Ignore Trump’s Strong Defense Policies, Focus on Tweets

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In the latest salvo of dueling military endorsements for U.S. president, the Joe Biden campaign announced that over 200 retired generals and admirals endorsed Biden for president. This comes only a week after the Trump campaign released a letter with 235 retired generals and admirals endorsing Trump for president.

As expected, the Biden endorsements are receiving much wider mainstream media coverage than the earlier Trump endorsements. And the coverage was also openly misleading.

NBC news falsely stated that “Thursday’s letter was notable for the sheer number of top brass from every branch of the military who chose to endorse Biden.” NBC clearly missed the story of the 235 retired military leaders who had endorsed Trump just a week earlier.

The Peacock network did correctly emphasize that some of these retired military officers “served under Trump.” In addition to these retired military leaders, other former national security officials also endorsed Biden.

Unsurprisingly, these included five former Secretaries of Defense who served in either the Clinton or Obama administrations: William Perry under Clinton, William Cohen under Clinton, Chuck Hagel under Obama, and Ash Carter under Obama. The fact that these all served in Democrat administrations revealed a lot more of the partisan agenda at work.

Sadly, the Biden endorsement was almost totally bereft of any real policy or substance. The primary critique of President Trump was subjectively focused on “character,” which could equally be described as “personality.” And many on both sides can criticize.

When it comes to real, actual defense policies, there is a clear disconnect.

Admitting they may have serious reservations with Biden’s actual defense policies, these military leaders wrote, “While some of us may have different opinions on particular policy matters, we trust Joe Biden’s positions are rooted in sound judgment, thorough understanding, and fundamental values.”

However, as with most of the Trump critiques, there was little of real substance to back that up. They certainly did not delve in Biden’s history of compulsive plagiarism, fibbing, hair smelling and inappropriate touching – or his helping his son Hunter make lucrative business deals with the communist Chinese while he was Vice President – to support why Biden has better “judgment” or “values.”

And the only time the letter wades into policy, it is profoundly embarrassing. It mentions climate change, repeats Democrat talking points on the uncorroborated “Russian bounties” story, and even inverts Trump’s resolute stand to contain China into a domestic policy issue. All this makes the letter even more overtly political and partisan.

The letter says, “Climate change continues unabated, as does North Korea’s nuclear program. The president has ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel, and his trade war against China has only harmed America’s farmers and manufacturers.”

Ignored by all these military “luminaries” is the fact that under President Trump, U.S. greenhouse gasses have declined, that the U.S has had demonstrably stronger policies across the board on Russia than the Obama-Biden team ever had, that Trump took a calculated gamble to shake up decades of failed U.S. policies toward North Korea, which while not producing results, ended no worse than the previous status quo.

Of course, they also ignored one of the most significant foreign policy accomplishments of the decade, if not longer, the Trump-initiated and concluded peace deals between two Arab states and Israel – something that will likely change the entire strategic landscape in the Middle East.

Most astonishing, and deeply concerning, is the willingness of these national security leaders, to not just ignore, but criticize — on the weakest of domestic reasons — the President’s bold and forceful approach to contain America’s number one existential threat – communist China. Something that was desperately needed, but not done by any other prior President.

This alone severely undercuts the credibility of every single one of these retired military officers and officials.

Apparently, these retired military and other leaders care more about what Trump tweets, or says offhand in a political campaign stop, than real foreign and defense policies that concretely enhance American national security.

This endorsement should not influence voters who really care about national security.

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Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
6 months ago

Any military leader endorsing Biden, needs a Section 8 discharge.

lbrac
lbrac
6 months ago

They are “retired generals and admirals” who are likely looking for a paid position in Biden’s administration, assuming there is one. Perhaps they have already been turned down by the Trump administration. Let’s hope so.

Margita Olenzak
Margita Olenzak
5 months ago

True!

Floyd Hardee
5 months ago

There is big money in supplying war materials and other supplies. They and the Pharmaceutical Industry are money hungry and in the hip pocket of Satan.

llllljjjj
llllljjjj
6 months ago

So these so called military leaders disagree with Biden on policy but like his “character” ( read–personality). That seems like a dangerous if not stupid position for a military man to take. Wars are fought with knowledge,and supporting policy, not personality.

Land- O-Lakes
6 months ago

These Military guys had been breathing way too much napom and gunpowder fumes . Their brains have turned to mush and they are stone cold idiots who care NOTHING FOR OUR GREAT COUNTRY !!,

Danuta Kubelik
Danuta Kubelik
6 months ago
Reply to  Land- O-Lakes

These military figures who support Biden care only for money and power and constant wars ( unlimited money flaw from government )

Floyd Hardee
5 months ago
Reply to  Danuta Kubelik

You are absolutely right Danuta!

ronald dassel
ronald dassel
6 months ago

lets look at this, there are some in the military who are in favor of continued conflict. it is the path to promotion and power.

then there are some who would prefer peace. these tend to be for defending the interests of the country, but prefer to do it without bloodshed.

the type of leader i would prefer as both an army veteran and police veteran is the leader who prefers to be prepared, rather than engaged. regan did a great job, he ended the cold war without causing a nuclear holocost… maybe that was an example to follow…

john vieira
6 months ago

Did anyone with one functioning brain cell really expect the Main sewer Stream fake Media to even mention the 235 pro endorsements???

Jenny Mills
Jenny Mills
6 months ago

Obama’s and Biden’s foreign policies were 1000% wrong for 8 years. So wrong that they had to send pallets of cash to the Middle East.

i wouldn’t trust them negotiating a car deal.

Moe
Moe
5 months ago

Another fabulous article by Paul Crespo, shows both sides of the story as he usually does and leaves it up to the reader to decide. That folks is a real journalist and gifted reporter/writer. I truly enjoy what ever his gifted reporter presents.

Robert
Robert
5 months ago

& this would be a good start point for CW2: the pro trump officers should post a call to arms for all able-bodied, armed patriots to form a militia on the mall; 1st objective? crush the sand-crabs

MAGAMAN MILITIAMAN PATRIOT
MAGAMAN MILITIAMAN PATRIOT
5 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Absolutely!! I’ve been preparing for an opportunity like that for the last several months. I’m always prepared, but I mean REALLY preparing. Have gotten 1000s of rnds for each caliber I own and made sure all are in perfect working order. You, myself and MANY others like us are waiting for that opportunity to slay these Marxist, violent , terrorist organizations like BLM, anqueefa, just plain Democrats and of course liberals… the last 2 being able to definitely fit into the first 2.

Donna
Donna
5 months ago
Reply to  Robert

And crush Antifa….they only go after old people and children….maybe Big Brave Trump men and women should start an army of defenders against the Antifa bullies…once they see armed and ready Trumpsters…they will run like hell !!!!

Floyd Hardee
5 months ago
Reply to  Donna

Sad to say, but according to the bible Christians and conservatives will be harassed and eventually defeated by the army’s of Satan. Then Gabriel will blow his trumpet and Christ will descend with his mighty army and Michael will chase down Lucifer and bind him and throw him into a bottomless pit where he will remain for one thousand years. He will be loosed for a short season and start a small rebellion which will quickly be squelched. Then, he, and all his followers, will be cast into the Lake of Fire known as HELL where they will remain forever.

Adjunct George
Adjunct George
5 months ago

Retired military officer. Those that signed the anti-Trump scree were those promoted to senior ranks by the Democrats. The Democrats considered social justice factors more important than military readiness. Example: Physical strength is important in combat units. Military cohesion is important in combat units. Women do not have the physical strength as men. Do you really wish to have high hormone women sharing foxholes with high hormone men? You decide.

Walt Bates
Walt Bates
5 months ago

There is something wrong throughout our government …now apparently including the military….Scary!

TERRY FRANKS
TERRY FRANKS
5 months ago

These “Former military “ officers (retired) are what we’ve inherited from Administrations like Obama and Clinton ! They are the product of years of swamp creatures graduating from the various military academies, the ‘Perfumed Princes ‘ of the pentagon! Basically useless backstabbing pricks that become rich lobbyist and whores once their ‘Careers ‘ end and they’ve done as much damage to our country as can be accomplished in the Service !

TheMadMan
TheMadMan
5 months ago

These evil and very stupid Democrats will destroy these United States if Creepy Uncle Joe Biden gets in the White House.

Floyd Hardee
5 months ago

The Media backs Biden. Whom is the Media? It is the BEAST. Whom is the BEAST. He is the offspring of Satan, the Mouth Piece of Satan who directs his underlings to lie, cheat, and steal the election while they deceive the public. Slavery is not dead! It is and will be greater than ever before!

Tractor Man
Tractor Man
5 months ago

US Military will be under control by the UN. The Socialist Party has been wanting that for several years now.


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