“Dempsey has been outspoken that service members have truly earned their right to vote, and that all Americans are entitled to private and personal opinions.
But, the chairman said, he and his fellow members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are the stewards of the profession of arms, and must ensure service members don’t cross an important line.
“One of the things that marks us as a profession in a democracy is it’s most important we remain apolitical,” he said. “That’s how we maintain our trust with the American people. The American people don’t want us to become another special interest group. In fact, I think that confuses them.”
Dempsey said he believes partisan groups made up of former service members (the Navy Seals) cloud the issue as well. “If someone uses the uniform for partisan politics, I’m disappointed in that,” he said. “I think it erodes that bond of trust we have with the American people.”
What Dempsey is referring to is the “retired” Navy Seals along with a few other retired generals, Paul Vallely and Bill Cowan who made the video Dishonorable Disclosures.
First, these men are RETIRED and they are NOT IN UNIFORM.
These men served the highest duty and honor for our country. And Dempsey tells them WHILE HE IS IN UNIFORM that they should shut up and not be partisan.
This made me livid and to Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, with all due respect, ” SHUT THE FUCK UP”!
You are the one speaking IN UNIFORM against the former Navy Seals. They have every right to free speech as you do. If you see them as partisan that is your perception. And, what gives you the right to tell former Navy Seals, who are citizens of this country, they have no right to speak or choose a side if they wish? What are you? You, Mr. Dempsey are supporting a traitor to our country. What does that make you?
Besides General Dempsey’s rap on the Seals, the talking heads and pundits are saying that the Navy Seals have every right to speak, but they must remain “neutral” and show no partisanship. So what does this mean? Does it mean every vet that ever served our country has no right to be partisan or speak out about what they see is wrong once they are retired from whatever force they served, Army, Marine, Navy, etc.?
I beg to differ. These men are following their code of their oath to our Constitution and pointing out we have a traitor in the White House who leaked classified information which could do harm to Navy Seals and other special ops teams in the field right now.
Who else is going to hold the White House accountable for their leaks? This came from the top, someone in Obama’s close circle who leaked secrets. As usual the press fails us. The leaks hardly get a mention.
But, when Dick Armitage “outed” Valerie Plame who was a CIA agent, but not undercover, the cry and hue by the demons was loudly banged on every day, day after day. A special prosecutor was appointed and the wrong man was prosecuted, Scooter Libby.
Where are the media now? This leaking from the White House is much, much worse than a has been, partisan hack like Valerie Plame.
Where is the special prosecutor now? What is being done to find out from where classified information and secrets came?