88 retired general and admirals penned a letter of support for Republican nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday, endorsing his candidacy with some words of warning about the current administration’s approach to national security.
“The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy,” the letter begins. “As retired senior leaders of America’s military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world.”
The letter was organized by Army veteran and Holocaust survivor Major Gen. Sidney Shachnow and Rear Admiral Charles Williams. The campaign released the endorsement to the public ahead of a Trump speech on veterans affairs in Virginia Beach.
“For the past eight years, America’s armed forces have been subjected to a series of ill-considered and debilitating budget cuts, policy choices and combat operations that have left the superb men and women in uniform less capable of performing their vital missions in the future than we require them to be,” the military leaders said in the letter.
“Simultaneously,” they said, “enemies of this country have been emboldened, sensing weakness and irresolution in Washington and opportunities for aggression at our expense and that of other freedom-loving nations.”
The leaders said that these two factors had combined to bring the U.S. to the shores of great danger.
“For this reason,” they concluded, “we support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically. We urge our fellow Americans to do the same.”
Trump released a statement thanking the veterans for their heartfelt endorsement.
“I thank each of them for their service and their confidence in me to serve as commander-in-chief,” said Trump. “Keeping our nation safe and leading our armed forces is the most important responsibility of the presidency.”
It is a responsibility that has been abdicated for eight long years, and the consequences of Obama’s recklessness are looming on the horizon. These military leaders understand the perils that may land in front of our next president, and it is a testament to Trump that they found him worthy of facing them.
Then again, when you consider the alternative, what other conclusion could they reach?