U.S. Marine Corps Four-Star Gen. Allen (retired) Endorses Hillary Clinton

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    Jul 25, 2016 2:26 PM GMT
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/john-allen-endorses-clinton-226110Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has endorsed Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee's campaign announced Monday.

    Allen, a four-star general who led coalition forces in Afghanistan, acknowledged the endorsement as a "very personal decision."

    "Through 37 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, I saw some of the toughest challenges that our nation faces around the world, and I know that America has the power to meet those challenges. However, it requires continued leadership and engagement in the world, continued partnership with our allies, and a clear understanding of our adversaries," Allen said in a statement released through the Clinton campaign. "It requires patience and a deep comprehension of the international landscape to make smart decisions about when and how to use military force as well as an understanding that other tools of American power such as diplomacy and development aid - that will [keep] armed forces out of harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. And it requires a leader who wants to understand these complex issues and seek advice and counsel. Hillary Clinton is all of those things."

    While noting that he has "stayed out of the political arena" for his "entire adult life," Allen remarked upon "the complexities of issues facing our country today and its longtime allies," adding, "I felt compelled to speak up and be heard. I have no doubt that she is the leader we need at this time to keep our country safe, and I trust her with that most sacred responsibility of Commander-in-Chief."

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    Jul 25, 2016 4:44 PM GMT
    Quite an endorsement. No sneering tweets from Lyin' Donald?
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    Jul 25, 2016 6:40 PM GMT
    lol, oh wonderful, an endorsement from one of 25,000 worthless fucking generals lol . . . all on the taxpayer tab doing mostly nothing lol (yeah, I know he's retired, but most of these guys never do or did do shit)
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    Jul 25, 2016 6:59 PM GMT
    ^
    Your terminal cynicism just gets more ridiculous.
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    Jul 25, 2016 7:08 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidQuite an endorsement. No sneering tweets from Lyin' Donald?


    I haven't heard him speak yet but I'd imagine he must be quite smart to have achieved four-star. And I just wiki'd to see if they are as rare as I'd imagine them being (since we hardly ever hear of their existence)....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Army_four-star_generals...The rank of general (or full general, or four-star general) is the highest rank normally achievable in the U.S. Army. It ranks above lieutenant general (three-star general) and below General of the Army (five-star general).

    There have been 230 four-star generals in the history of the U.S. Army. Of these, 212 achieved that rank while on active duty in the U.S. Army; eight were promoted after retirement; five were promoted posthumously; and one (George Washington) was appointed to that rank in the Continental Army, the U.S. Army's predecessor.


    So, um, yeah, that's quite the endorsement. Especially from a guy who states he wouldn't normally do so even off-duty and from an institution wherein while active it's forbidden from so doing. So I'd imagine he took this quite seriously.

    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134410p.pdfDepartment of Defense
    DIRECTIVE
    4. POLICY
    In keeping with the traditional concept that members on active duty should not engage in partisan political activity, and that members not on active duty should avoid inferences that their political activities imply or appear to imply official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement, the following policy shall apply::...
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    Jul 26, 2016 1:00 AM GMT
    Allen did so well leading the fight against ISIS that Obama replaced him.
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    Jul 26, 2016 3:48 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said^
    Your terminal cynicism just gets more ridiculous.


    oh come on, you know damn well that 75% of military officers don't do jack shit icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 26, 2016 7:43 AM GMT
    No big deal, RJ has Kurnell cuckoo who indorses Hillary.
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    Jul 26, 2016 10:58 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said^
    Your terminal cynicism just gets more ridiculous.


    You are the master of understatements icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 27, 2016 3:55 AM GMT
    So what, who cares who this retired General endorses. He just demonstrated that he is mentally challenged by endorsing the Wicked Witch of Wall Street.
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    Jul 29, 2016 1:37 AM GMT
    Oh, so that's what it takes to be a four-star general. Holy fucking crap. lolol. Now that's a man!

    Trump couldn't even face a bird on a perch. If he watched this guy, he'd be shaking in his trump brand booties, shitting in his trump brand diaper.

    And as to Metta's supposed white noise? White Noise? lololol Really? What are you out of your fucking mind???? Yeah, there was a lot of white noise with General Allen at the podium. Excepting that we don't call it white noise. We call it yelling USA until you bust assholes shut the fuck up lolol. White noise lolol.

    That was freaking fantastic. Great show Democrats!
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    Jul 29, 2016 1:57 AM GMT
    POWERFUL!
    Hillary has proven herself to the leaders who matter.

    To those who don't value our military, you may think differently when Russia and China handle all the world's military concerns.