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500 retired U.S. military brass back Mitt Romney

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
November 5th, 2012
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Showing their support for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, 500 retired generals and admirals have lent their names to an ad in Monday's editions of The Washington Times. The officers, in the ad for which they paid for themselves, said they support Romney: "We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation's next president and commander-in-chief."

LOS ANGELES, CA     (Catholic Online) - The ad then goes on to list all of the officers, in alphabetical order, in four columns of print.

The retired admirals and generals said they hope that the advertisement heads off "having to live through four more years of what has been experienced since January 20th, 2009."

Prominent four-star admirals and generals, including five former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff all proudly list their names as Romney supporters.

There are a few surprises in the list. A former JCS chairman, appointed by President Bill Clinton, is retired Army General Hugh Shelton. In retirement, Gen. Shelton had aligned himself with Democrats, advising former Sen. John Edwards in his 2003-04 presidential run and endorsing Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential campaign.

Also on the list is retired General James T. Conway, whom President Obama inherited as the Marine Corps commandant, along with retired General Michael Dugan, former Air Force chief of staff.

Talking "too freely" with reporters about the air war plan for Iraq in 1991 Desert Storm, General Dugan was fired by then-defense Secretary Dick Cheney, in the George H.W. Bush administration.

Gen. Dugan, in October 1992, showed up on a list of 21 retired generals and admirals supporting Bill Clinton for president.

The Romney list contains a number of ex-fighter pilots, such as retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Horner, who ran the 1991 air war. The fighter community is greatly concerned about the aging fleet of warplanes, tankers and cargo jets, and the lack of money in the defense budget to fully modernize the force.

The most prominent Army general listed in the ad is Tommy Franks, who led U.S. Central Command and devised the plan for invading Iraq in 2003. His war plan was criticized for not planning for a robust Iraqi insurgency.

The ad can be seen here:

http://media.washtimes.com/media/misc/2012/11/05/ad.pdf

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