Culture Wars/Current Controversies

All 10 living former defense secretaries: Involving the military in election disputes would cross into dangerous territory

The frontmen for the ruling class and managers of the Deep State articulate the consensus of power elite opinion. “Sorry, Don, but…You’re Fired!”

As former secretaries of defense, we hold a common view of the solemn obligations of the U.S. armed forces and the Defense Department. Each of us swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We did not swear it to an individual or a party.

American elections and the peaceful transfers of power that result are hallmarks of our democracy. With one singular and tragic exception that cost the lives of more Americans than all of our other wars combined, the United States has had an unbroken record of such transitions since 1789, including in times of partisan strife, war, epidemics and economic depression. This year should be no exception.

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