Individuals who believe Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump doesn’t have support amongst top military and national security professionals are mistaken. Trump certainly has support, but the question becomes if these individuals support him, what does that say about their judgment? Nevertheless, a surprising 88 retired individuals signed a letter giving their shining endorsement of Donald Trump. The letter read:
The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy. As retired senior leaders of America’s military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world.
For this reason, we support Donald Trump’s candidacy to be our next Commander-in-Chief. For the past eight years, America’s armed forces have been subjected to a series of ill-considered and debilitating budget cuts, policy choices and combat operations that have left the superb men and women in uniform less capable of performing their vital missions in the future than we require them to be.
Merely because these individuals support Trump is not impressive, as Mitt Romney had the support of over 500 former high-level military and intelligence individuals. If Trump can’t get near the threshold of Romney, that is certainly giving credence to his inability to lead the greatest military the world has ever known. Furthermore, while the individuals who signed surely were military members, The Atlantic pointed out, “None of the signatories was a service chief or led a major combatant command.”
It truly seems in this letter that the blind are leading the blind, or perhaps that the blind wish to be lead by the blinded.