'Disturbing and reckless': Retired brass spread election lie in attack on Biden (Politico). "The open letter from 124 retired officers alarmed current and former military members concerned about the politicization of the military."

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A day after 124 retired generals and admirals released a letter spreading the lie that President Joe Biden stole the election, current and former military officers are speaking out, calling the missive a dangerous new sign of the military being dragged into the trenches of partisan warfare.

The open letter on Monday from a group calling itself Flag Officers 4 America advanced the false conspiracy theory that the presidential vote was rigged in Biden's favor and warned that the nation is "in deep peril" from "a full-blown assault on our Constitutional rights."
In a weak defense of the letter, it is an escalation of letters produced by other defense officials criticizing Trump's behavior and the January 6 insurrection (yes, it was an insurrection, by definition). And, it demonstrates that there are differences in the views of former military members. What I find disturbing is their deliberate use of their ranks in its publication, a violation of the UCMJ (as well as its bizarre content). This is, in my view, am exercise in Trumpism - blatant abuse of office for political gain. I welcome other views.


A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich