500 Former Military Leaders Take Out Ad to Endorse Mitt Romney

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500 senior admirals and generals took out an ad today in the Washington Times to declare their support for Mitt Romney. The professional core of the U.S. military overwhelmingly favors Mitt Romney over President Obama by a two-to-one margin.
The NC Times reported:

Hundreds of former senior military leaders have taken out an ad in Monday’s Washington Times newspaper declaring their support for Republican Mitt Romney, a rare if not unprecedented action in the final days of a presidential campaign.

“We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation’s next President and Commander-in-Chief,” says the advertisement, which is signed by some 500 retired flag and general officers representing major branches of the U.S. military.

James J. Carey, a retired Navy rear admiral, told friends and colleagues in a written message that it was important for the group “to take a public stand on how very important it is that our fellow Americans choose a new Commander-in-Chief” on Tuesday. Carey is national chairman of the National Defense Committee.

The dissatisfaction with Obama among many former military leaders runs the gamut — from his handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to his possible allowing of billions of dollars in prospective defense cuts, to his presiding over a dour economy over the last four years, according to interviews with two local signatories.

Retired Rear Adm. George K. Worthington, a former SEAL commander, noted the deaths of two ex-SEALs among the four killed during the consulate attack in Lybia. The former SEALs, both government contractors, were Glen Doherty of Encinitas and Tyrone Woods of Imperial Beach.

UPDATE: PJ Tatler at Pajama Media has a full list of the 500 former Admirals and Generals supporting Mitt Romney and the measly 5 that support President Obama.

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  • ohio

    Where have they been for the last 4 years?

  • Thom99

    Agree… they should have stepped up long ago.

  • Limousine Barry

    Let me be clear, I have changed my mind! I hate the Seals!

    I made a terrible mistake having the Seals kill poor old Bin Laden! I have ordered Davy Axelrod to leak all of the names of the Seal team that killed Bin Laden. That should put a price on their heads!

    My supporters – like Bill Ayers and the Muslim Brotherhood – are happy about the Benghazi attack because not one terrorist was killed! But, they are sickened over 0bama Bin Laden! I may lose the Muslim vote!

    You may be thinking:

    “This 0bama guy is trying to hog the glory for his reelection campaign.”

    “All this stupid 0bama guy did was clear out the old dead wood from al-Qaeda and let the young lions move up.”

    “0bama actually strengthened al- Qaeda!”

    “That idiot 0bama shouldn’t be in the White House.”

    “0bama sucks!”

    That may be true. But, I have an excuse. I am losing the election and I have to get the Muslim vote! Screw the Military!

    And, this is ultra important! Send me $46,666.99 before midnight. I need to keep up the “push polling” and prepare for the Time Zone Effect. My campaign is tapped out!

    “The History of the TZE. The TZE has visited us before. Remember when the media ‘mistakenly’ called Florida for Al Gore in 2000 after the Eastern Time section of the state closed its polls? That depressed republican turnout in the Florida Panhandle and in Western states according to immediate post election surveys. The evidence suggests Republicans lost 19,000 votes and Gore lost 7,000 votes after the false reports of Panhandle polls closing…”


    Besides, the Muslim Brotherhood wants a refund on their huge donation – or they will not vote for me. I need to repay them! I am broke! Send me more money now!

  • Bob

    I agree that these officers should have stepped up in 2008. Any American Veteran who supports Obama is just plain foolish. Obama does not have the backs of our Military and are putting them in harms way with leaks from the Whitehouse, allowing Hollywood access to military information and cutting our military.
    Wake Up America…. Romney 2012

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  • Granny

    Better late than never.

  • Robert

    Too little too late.

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  • Larkin

    I sincerely hope that the military is just as willing to act on the side of truth and justice if o decides to either not step down or tries to create chaos in his final days.

    He and his handlers are not to be trusted. They will not go quietly.

  • Wow, goes to show you, even the armed service is against the Comander-in chief!

  • Andrew X

    All due respect to these magnificent people, but….

    The Washington Times??? I love the Washington Times, and I love FOX News (Hail, Megyn!)…. but if your funds are limited, WHY the Washington Times? It’s the Washington Post, and the New York and LA Times that need to have an ad such as this, and maybe some papers in Cincinnati and Orlando. (And a week ago would have been nice).

    Hey, I’m just a peanut gallery pisser/moaner, but isn’t this kind of self-evident? Maybe it was financial, but I cannot believe the resources could not have been found to put this ad where it really needed to be, not in front of 100,000 glass-crawling Romney voters. Very disappointing.

    Well, God bless you all for your service, and for this ad, but I have to question the deployment strategy. Well, it’s pretty much in the hands of God and of all of us now. Time to VOTE…. and to pray.

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  • Campfollower

    The veterans of Cobb County Georgia wanted to run such an advertisement. Knowing they would be playing to the choir here in the conservative district that first sent Newt to Congress, they still wanted to do this, to take a public stand. We didn’t get it done. We could’ve solicited signatures and donations at a recent Veteran’s Day brunch, but the speaker that day was an active duty military man and we could not politicize the event!

    So it becomes a matter of coordination. Just getting all the signatures and donations from the men and women to place the ad is a huge endeavor. They live all over the country, likely are not in the same military organizations and historically, they have not been overtly political.

    Sadly, I know some former military who voted solely on skin color. They refuse to accept facts. It’s always blaming the old white men while excusing Obama. They voted for revenge, even though they loved their country enough to serve. It’s so sad.

  • Campfollower

    Andew X, you are sadly right.
    I’ve posted a number of times about the OPSEC Education Fund here, a group of former covert and special operators who’ve tried to get the message out. I’ve given them money this year, instead of any campaigns. How many conservative bloggers or readers really pushed their cause this year? I don’t recall any, after their initial announcement.

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  • PegLeg

    So the former Commander is crowing about the military being “less racist, less sexist and less homophobic”, and the former warriors are saying get rid of this Muslim sympathizer! The way they ignored Traitor Nadal Hasan surely indicates that the military in NOT less Islamist! You remember the Army Chief of Staff Casey saying that diversity could not become a casualty of the Hasan shooting! Good Lord what is going on!

    I must be living in a parallel universe. Bubba accused BenghaziBarry of using the race card against him! Bubba committed acts as Commander that would have led to court martial for an officer under his command! AND for Goodness sakes, Bubba instituted DADT!

  • MAJ Mike

    Goshes! So many racist flag officers!! Who knew!?!

  • Campfollower

    My husband, retired Marine MGySgt of 30 years, who sat with these generals, advised, worked tirelessly until just recently, staying calm in times of political strife, keeping the machine rolling, had this to say upon seeing this list:


    Here are notable points:
    Former commandant P.X. Kelley, USMC signed, also Gen. Tommy Franks, Singlaub, Hugh Shelton (who even tolerated Clinton), the first woman general, Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter (war on women? hahahaha) four star ranks, Magnus was head of aviation for the Corps. Gen. Dake is HUGE. This list is HUGE. Let’s see the media try to marginalize these great men and women.

  • Redlite

    1 more day

    The 500 trump Colin Powell!

    1 more day

  • Linda

    I appreciate this veterans placing this ad and with their names on it!

    It might of been an idea that came because of Benghazi…

    My heart goes out to all of our Military…for various reasons.

    They cannot say anything against their Commander in Chief while in uniform.

    Our Troops cannot even say who they will be voting for!

    They can free…protect…and die for others…but they cannot exercise their OWN FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

    Here in America we are given 15 days to vote…while the votes of our Military will not be counted since something always seems to happen to them!

    Some years ago a handful of generals retired early to be able to speak out against the rules of engagement…like did Petraeus to no avail…they were swept under the rug!


  • valerie

    #2 November 5, 2012 at 7:03 am
    ohio commented:

    Staying out of it, just like they should in most circumstances. Most days, a high-ranking military officer has nothing much to add to the public debate, except to the extent his work experience gives him information worth transmitting to the general public. For that reason, they tend to keep quiet.

    On Sept. 11, 2012, one of or embassies was attacked, some of our people were killed, and the President and Secretary of State subsequently lied about that event, blaming a trailer for a film that had never been made. Since that time, there have been a series of disclosures that strongly suggest that this administration doesn’t take its responsibility to those who serve us seriously. In my opinion, they have an obligation to speak up, in this circumstance. Most of the rest of the time, I’d just as soon not hear from them.

  • Cruise79

    MajMike, typical if someone is against Obama they must be racist. Maybe they just think he’s a terrible president in spite of the fact that he’s black. I don’t like his white half either.
    He’s a danger to this country and the military sees it. No one should have any doubts about that after Benghazi. They ask for more security and they’re refused. They ask for help as the attack begins and they’re refused. Military in the area try to help and they’re given orders to stand down. Then they’re relieved of their duties. Get this man out before he gets more people killed.

  • valerie

    Ya wanna know why all these retired guys are speaking up? It just might be because the NOTretired ones have been told NOT to respond to questions from your Senators and Congressmen.


  • Tom Roff



    it just doesnt get any better than this


  • bg


    November 4, 2012

    The Full Pardon for the Blind Shiek

    [Gee, uh, Mr. President. You seem to have tucked
    the back of your skirt into your pantyhose……….

    Here we are in the final approach to what is arguably the most pivotal election in the nation’s history and we have Mr. Obama, the sitting President of the United States of America, talking about having his “feelings hurt” over a comment his opponent made about Jeeps being manufactured in China, and then doubling down to say he was “offended” by criticism of his bungling and cover-up of missteps during the bloody siege in Benghazi.

    Apparently when one’s entire four year tenure is viewed as an unmitigated disaster and provides no platform on which to run for re-election, the last vestige of strategy when not race-baiting is to play the pity card.

    I cannot imagine a circumstance under which ANY of the un-impeached presidents in my lifetime would resort to such a maudlin, sissified tactic yet that is the depth to which he and his campaign have sunk. It’s been rumored that Vladimir Putin fell into a giggle fit. When they got him off the floor he started watching Obama on his U.S. television feed again and chanted “Four more years. Four more years!” then raised his glass of vodka toward an aide and shouted “Nazdrovia, Komrade Obama!”]

    more at link..


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  • bg


    valerie #25 – page 1 November 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

    [“The whole thing smacks of a cover-up,” he says. According to McKeon,
    the military has been muzzled by unprecedented orders not to provide
    information to Congress.

    Benghazi, Libya, is where the U.S. ambassador and three other
    Americans were killed on September 11, 2012, by a terrorist attack,
    which reportedly was monitored live for several hours by President
    Obama from the White House Situation Room.]

    thank you..


  • owl

    I am listening to Adm James Lyons and Megan Kelly as I type. He does not buy one word of it and can state the facts. WOW! He just said that MSM was doing a total coverup that bordered on criminal. He said you just do not let your people die like this.

    I really appreciate all these brave men putting their names to this ad.

    I sure do wish they could have run it a week or two earlier. As Granny said, better late than never. The military will not forget this one.

    Benghazi turns my stomach. It hurts. Men go to war knowing the risks, not this. Accidents? Sure. Mistakes? Sure. Just plain stupid decisons? Yep. Not this. Never this.

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  • Dunce

    No doubt the former seal commander knew both the retired seals that were killed in benchazi. He might be able to say , i knew those seals, those seals were honorable men, you, president obama are no honorable man.

  • maria

    FACEBOOK doesn’t allow me to put it to my comments…. bustards….

  • Linda

    #33 November 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    maria commented:

    Very well said…Thank You!

  • Linda

    #25 Valerie…No matter what is being done to try and cover this up…God said “…behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out”. Numbers 32:23
    God is exposing this murders!

    And I’ll also say even though we will not get to hear Tyrone and Glen’s side of the story…their Heroic actions at Libya…speak VOLUMES how they were TRUE MIGHTY MEN OF VALOR!

  • flackjacket5

    Obama’s response (were there time) would be 500 jihadist in support of his re-election.