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Joint Chiefs plead with troops

10/29/2016

Not to join in with anti-government revolution if Hitlery steals the election. Did you folks not swear the same OATH as the rest of us military folks? I mean:

You will be one of the first removed from office for treason. All we want is our country back, and our Constitution renewed as the law of the land. I know my OATH never expires.

9 Comments
  1. Dr. Jeff permalink
    10/30/2016 14:03

    Here’s the original:

    View story at Medium.com

    The final paragraphs carry a sense of deadly neutrality, mild, basic words that speak to very large and dangerous issues. It’s not as simple as your headline.

    “While we must always safeguard our professional integrity, extra vigilance is required during any political transition. Our individual and collective obligation during this election season is twofold. First, we must recognize that we have one Commander in Chief, and until authority is transferred on January 20, 2017, the Joint Force must remain clearly focused on and responsive to the existing National Command Authority. Second, the Joint Force must conduct itself in such a way that the new administration has confidence that it will be served by a professional, competent, and apolitical military. This is especially important in the context of delivering the best military advice.

    Every member of the Joint Force has the right to exercise his or her civic duty, including learning and discussing — even debating — the policy issues driving the election cycle and voting for his or her candidate of choice. Provided that we follow the guidance and regulations governing individual political participation, we should be proud of our civic engagement. What we must collectively guard against is allowing our institution to become politicized, or even perceived as being politicized, by how we conduct ourselves during engagements with the media, the public, or in open or social forums.

    We are living in the most volatile and complex security environment since World War II. Whether confronting violent extremist organizations seeking to destroy our way of life or dealing with state actors threatening international order, threats to our national security require a Joint Force that is ready, capable, and trusted. To that end, I have a duty to protect the integrity and political neutrality of our military profession. But this obligation is not mine alone. It belongs to every Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airman, and Coastguardsman. Thank you for joining me in honoring our history, our traditions, and the institutions of the U.S. Armed Forces by upholding the principle of political neutrality.”

    He spoke to the same issues last August:

    http://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/881624/active-duty-personnel-must-remain-apolitical-nonpartisan-dunford-says

    ” ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Aug. 1, 2016 — Whoever becomes president of the United States on Jan. 20 needs to have trust and confidence that the military “is completely loyal and completely prepared to do what must be done,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.

    “Importantly, as an institution, the American people cannot be looking at us as a special-interest group or a partisan organization,” Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford told reporters traveling with him. “They have to look at us as an apolitical organization that swears an oath to the Constitution of the United States — not an individual, not a party, not a branch of government — the Constitution of the United States.”

    There’s a lot of room for speculation as to why General Dunford felt it was necessary to raise these issues at this time. You can read his comments as swearing fealty to the President and also as swearing to protect the People of the U.S. in the face of a despot.

    I think we can count at least the Marine Corps on our side, but….

  2. Dr. Jeff permalink
    10/30/2016 14:07

    Sorry about the link, trying again. I hope one of these works properly. Here’s another good quote too.

    “Every service member swears “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” This oath is embedded in our professional culture and underpins the values that shape and define our all-volunteer force. Beginning with General George Washington resigning his military commission, our deliberate and disciplined commitment to upholding the principle of civilian control of the military underpins not only our warrior ethos but also the expectations of how we conduct ourselves while in uniform.”

    View story at Medium.com

  3. Dr. Jeff permalink
    10/30/2016 14:09

    With apologies, here’s a different link to the original. A Google search for “Upholding Our Oath” will give you more.

    http://ndupress.ndu.edu/JFQ/Joint-Force-Quarterly-82/

  4. 10/30/2016 14:10

    The thing is, our OATH is to THE CONSTITUTION, not the party in power at the time. It is, and has always been, our duty to remove those who violate said Constitution. NOT to mindlessly obey the CiC.

  5. 10/30/2016 14:41

    I did my 20, and I studied hard for meaning.

  6. Dr. Jeff permalink
    10/30/2016 22:14

    The interesting part is; why at this time, a 4 star General wants to make a point of it? What is he getting at? What do we need to prepare for?

  7. 10/31/2016 03:47

    Because Dunford is one of Obama’s toadies and his troops are probably grumbling that they will not tolerate 4 years of him being the toady for the shrew of Chappaqua.

  8. 10/31/2016 06:59

    Indeed. I know a few of those.

  9. 10/31/2016 06:59

    Martial law?

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