Here are quotes from retired Air Force 4 Star General Chuck Boyd, a Republican and 7 years a POW in Vietnam.
General, I know you have been a longtime Republican, and you have been silent on politics, you said you fervently believe that retired military officers should not get involved in politics, but you feel you must speak out, why now?
I think we have reached a crisis that I had not anticipated, and so my restraint, I had to put it aside, I had to go to the sound of the guns, so here I am.
So what made you feel that you wanted to do this now, and you need to do it before the election? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back for you?
I have been watching this president for a long time and his egregious activities, but when he began his campaign to cause the American people to doubt the honesty of the election, when he started telling people that it was a rigged election, it was fraudulent, particularly the mail in ballots. I saw that as an attack on the very foundation of our democracy. When people can no longer believe in the mechanism by which they choose their leaders, they can have no confidence in any other aspect of their democracy. So that was the tipping point.
Like John McCain, you were a POW in Vietnam for 7 years. And we remember the words the president used to describe John McCain, during the 2016 election: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero that was captured. I like war heroes that weren’t captured, Okay.” I have 2 questions: 1) How did that make you feel? And 2) You heard that, and it was deeply personal for you, and you still waited until now to speak, that even something as egregious as that was not enough to make you break that sacred sort of feeling you felt about not weighing in on the election.
When he did it with John McCain, it was disgusting of course, but it didn’t trigger me into any kind of action at the time. But when the Atlantic article came out in which he called me, and I took it personally, he called me a loser and a sucker. He called all people who serve under him with contempt and disdain. Every man and every woman that chooses to serve in the military, they do two things. First of all they take an oath that they will protect the Constitution. And this is the one that really means the most to me, there’s a sort of informal contract, an unlimited liability clause in it, and that clause says that I will commit myself up to and including my life, if necessary, in support of this nation’s security. That kind of commitment, that kind of absolute commitment. There’s no other professions that makes that kind of demand, not the law, not the clergy, not politics of course, and for the commander in chief to hold those kinds of committed people as losers, that really got to me. It sickened me.
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