The First Four-Star Flag Officer in US History Joins the Effort to Void the Election of the US President

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven, the next chancellor of the University of Texas System, addresses the Texas Board of Regents, in Austin, Texas. McRaven is running into political problems in his role as chancellor of the University of Texas System. The retired Navy admiral who planned the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden faces an uncertain future as chancellor, as his three-year contract expires at the end of 2017. After multiple clashes with lawmakers, and a new makeup of the Board of Regents he works for, it remains an open question as to whether he will be back. McRaven is the second highest paid public university president in the nation making $1.5 million. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

From time to time, I like to promote the Combat Veterans for Congress Political Action Committee, as their cause is righteous. I agree whole-heartedly with almost all of their stances on issues. Here is one of those opinion pieces that I’m certain will resonate with you, too. In fact, the topic makes me furious! This editorial is presented here with the permission of the author.


For the first time in 243 years, a 4-star decorated and retired US Navy admiral, Admiral William McRaven, violated the ethos of military professionalism by authoring an Op Ed for release in the New York Times. McRaven openly attacked the President of the United States and brayed for the removal of the President, stating it is time for a new person in the Oval Office— “the sooner, the better.”

What does he mean by “sooner”?  Despite the fact that Admiral McRaven knows the Presidential election will take place in one year, he wants the President removed hurriedly. He is encouraging the public to remove the US President, before all American citizens can exercise their Constitutional right to vote to re-elect President Trump in 2020. McRaven has been a consistent, vociferous critic of the President, even prior to his election.

McRaven is no longer content with being critical; he has joined with Democrat Socialist’s and others like George Soros, who for three years, has been funding the effort to void the election of President Trump. He is subtly alleging that he is a spokesman for current and former members of the military. Consider his audacity, appropriating for himself the moral authority to speak for all members of the US armed forces, when a large majority of members of the US armed forces, retired career military personnel, and veterans voted for President Trump, and current polls show they will vote for him again.

During their training to become military officers, to their commissioning, and during their service, it is instilled in every military mfficer, subject to the US Code of Military Justice, to follow the lawful orders of the Commander-in-Chief, and not to participate in any attempt to remove a sitting President of the United States in a coup d’ etat.


Do the American people really want the impeachment of the US president, promoted by Admiral McRaven, Lieutenant General James Clapper, and John Brennan, to lead to the removal of a President from office? Does the American electorate want a country in which a retired flag or general officer can publicly damn the Commander-in-Chief over policy differences and call for his removal from office?

McRaven is another of the many officers who were carefully screened and selected, over an 8-year period, by Obama to ensure that they were politically correct, before he would promote them to flag and general rank. Those politically correct flag and general officers were screened to ensure that they would unquestionably drive Obama’s destructive social experiment on diversity into the US armed forces. Flag and general officers who opposed Obama’s social experiment on diversity were forced to retire, and the remaining rank and file members of the US armed forces were not able to object to the social experiment on diversity if they didn’t want to be court martialed for disobedience of general orders.

Every branch of the US armed forces has Obama’s politically correct flag and general officers, and they continue to drive the destructive social experiment on diversity into the US armed forces. It has been damaging the officer training at all 5 service academies. It initially changed the rules of engagement (ROEs) during combat and increased killed in action (KIA) and wounded in action (WIA) by over 300% (President Trump returned those ROE to their origin). It negatively affected the “combat effectiveness” of the US armed forces by driving women, with lesser physical qualification than men, into the tip of the spear combat units. It has resulted in the increased rape of straight male recruits to unacceptable levels and it did so much more damage.


Admiral McRaven’s New York Times Op Ed “crossed the line”! It was a shocking radically political and subverting article. McRaven, has joined with James Clapper, John Brennan, George Soros, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Tom Perez, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the far left Progressive/Socialist Caucus in the House of Representatives, led by Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Rep Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), who have been calling for the secret and hurried impeachment of President Trump behind closed doors while selectively leaking negative snippets to undermine The President. They are wanting the impeachment to happen before American voters can have the right to have their voices heard in a national presidential election.

McRaven and his fellow Progressives know the President will be re-elected by the American people if the election is held in November 2020; they want him removed from the Oval Office before that ever happens—-“the sooner, the better”. He and his fellow conspirators don’t want an honest and open election to be held, they want to invalidate the 2016 election of President Trump by the 63 million deplorables who voted for President Trump.

Many flag and general officers and military personnel of all ranks have been repulsed by McRaven’s often stated strong support for John Brennan, who voted for Communist US Presidential candidate Gus Hall and became a stealth Muslim convert in support for the appointment of members of the Muslim Brotherhood international terrorist organization in government positions.


After Brennan was appointed by Obama, he recruited CIA Officers who were politically correct, and his promotions within the CIA elevated politically correct CIA Officers who would be acceptable to Obama to new positions of leadership within the CIA; they are still there. One of Brennan’s CIA employees, who worked with Vice President Biden on the Ukraine desk in the Obama White House, filed the bogus and untruthful hearsay whistleblower complaint about President Trump’s conversation with the President of Ukraine. He or she [apparently did not like the tone of the conversation yet only relied on second-hand evidence as the basis for the whistleblower complaint].

Brennan led the fake Russia collusion allegation against President Trump, taking his direction from Obama, and is now one of the leaders of the continued treasonous coup attempt to bring down the first President of the United States in history – this time using another fake allegation about a Ukrainian phone call. The whistleblower (actually the leaker) who filed the complaint with hearsay information has disappeared.

McRaven has thrown his lot in with conspirators Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Soros, Perez, Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi, and Schumer to initiate a coup d’ etat. The left of center liberal media establishment is supporting the coup in their daily call for the impeachment based on false allegations.

When one compares the honorable service of thousands of SEALs who courageously went into harm’s way in service to their country – and in certain cases gave their lives in the defense of the Republic – with what McRaven is doing, it is a dishonorable act. In publishing that Op Ed in the New York Times to encourage national support for the hurried removal of the first US president in history before Americans are allowed to vote, McRaven is violating his oath of office, and betraying the trust servicemen had in him. His comments as reported below are truly shocking, regrettable, and discrediting.


Retired Admiral William McRaven devoted the bulk of a New York Times op-ed to appropriating for himself the moral and hence political authority of generations of soldiers and sailors (pointedly, especially the female ones) who have sacrificed for America, for “the good and the right.” Then he gratuitously stated—citing no specifics, as if everyone already knows—that “President Trump seems to believe that all these qualities are unimportant or show weakness.”

McRaven concludes, “it is time for a new person in the Oval Office—Republican, Democrat or independent—the sooner, the better.”

At the very least, McRaven called for impeachment ahead of an election, or perhaps for a coup, and pretended to do so on the military’s behalf. In fact, his was just one more voice from an establishment that has squandered the public’s trust, senses that it can no longer win elections honestly, and is pulling out all the stops. It pretends to be trying to take down Donald Trump. In fact, it is trying to do something much bigger: Invalidate the votes of the “deplorables” who oppose them.

Read the rest here.

McRaven has revealed himself to be a member of the deep state, working with the left of center liberal media establishment, and discredited socialists, progressives, and leftists in Congress who have been trying to void the election of the President for three years. As a flag officer, his actions may, in the eyes of many Americans, damage the images of other honorable flag and general officers who are true Patriots with excellent reputations.


Over the past 243 years, flag and general officers have served the Republic in peace and war and have never participated in an effort to void the election by American citizens of their US president. McRaven actions have undermined the public’s view of the US military as the most-trusted and apolitical institution in the nation, that impartially serves the nation’s welfare. His exploitation of his rank and his military service, for partisan political purposes, should be rejected by all clear-thinking American citizens.

Author: Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

CAPT USN (Ret)/Former FBI

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184

San Diego, CA 92108

I couldn’t agree more! It’s time an example is made of retired FOGOs who violate their continuing oaths and disparage the President. Admiral McRaven should be recalled to active duty and then charged under Articles 88 and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. I will have more to say on this subject in a future article, as McRaven’s NY Times editorial cannot be allowed to stand, and a return to a non-political officer corps must be made a top DoD priority.

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