Extraordinary warning to Trump by 10 former Pentagon chiefs
In an extraordinary rebuke of United States President Donald Trump, all 10 living former secretaries of defence cautioned Sunday against any move to involve the military in pursuing claims of election fraud, arguing that it would take the country into “dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory”.
The 10 men, both Democrats and Republicans, signed on to an oion article published in The Washington Post that implicitly questioned Trump’s willingness to follow his constitutional duty to peacefully relinquish power on Jan 20. Following the Nov 3 election and subsequent recounts in some states, as well as unsuccessful court challenges, the outcome is clear, they wrote, while not specifying Trump in the article.
“The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the constitution and statute, has arrived,” they wrote.
The former Pentagon chiefs warned against use of the military in any effort to change the outcome.
“Efforts to involve the US armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory,” they wrote. “Civilian and military officials who direct or carry out such measures would be accountable, including potentially facing criminal penalties, for the grave consequences of their actions on our republic.”
A number of senior military officers, including Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have said publicly in recent weeks that the military has no role in determining the outcome of US elections and that their loyalty is to the constitution, not to an individual leader or a political party.
The 10 former Pentagon leaders also warned in their Post article of the dangers of impeding a full and smooth transition at the Defence Department prior to Inauguration Day as part of a transfer to power to President-elect Joe Biden. Biden has complained of efforts by Trump-appointed Pentagon officials to obstruct the transition.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Too little, too late. Why were they muted, numb, frozen, silent and dumb since November 03, 2020?
Trump is fun
Trump should be banned from participating in future presidential elections because of his unprofessional and immature attitude..
N K Ali
As the elections result crisis continues and President Trump stirring more trouble, it is a wise move made by these 10 ex-Defense Secretaries.
peer baba khwajaji
Trump is right.
All Hail Trump !
Finally some people with guts reminding the president the road not to take. Wish there were Indians who stood up to fascist Modi
Trump is a fright. Like modi
@Zak, Trump is voted out. Modi is voted in with a huge majority. You won't know the difference.
Winning by hook or by crook
Trump is just being Trump.
The guy is a charlatan.
Indians love (only nation) of this guy shows why they selected Modi!!
Pentagon, finally got tired of Trump.
No wonder he likes Vladimir Putin so much.
It is difficult to imagine but armies of some countries do not interfere with the elections.
Trump will cause lot more destruction before he leaves. He only loves himself, doesn’t care for the country!
Quick start packing!