Retired Navy Admiral William McRaven endorsed Democrat Joe Biden in a comment published today for the Wall Street Journal. McRaven who was that The commander of the US special operations command from 2011 to 2014 – and who was behind the successful raid on Osama bin Laden – said he had already voted for Biden in Texas.
"To be honest, I'm a pro-life, pro-second amendment, a small government, a strong defense, and a conservative national anthem," McRaven wrote. “But I also believe that black lives are important, that the dreamers deserve a path to citizenship, that diversity and inclusion are essential to our national success, that education is the big offset, that climate change is real, and that the first amendment is it is the cornerstone of our democracy. Most of all, I believe America must lead the world with courage, conviction, and a sense of honor and humility. "
"If we are indifferent to our role in the world, if we withdraw from our commitment to our citizens and our allies, and if we do not choose the right leader, we will pay the highest price for our neglect and myopia, ”he concluded. "I voted for Joe Biden."
McRaven has criticized President Donald Trump in the past. As recently as June, he had harsh words for the president after police used tear gas evacuate peaceful protesters for the president to evacuate outside St. John's Church in Washington, D.C.
"In the military, there are three criteria for every decision we make," McRaven said at the time. “It has to be moral, legal and ethical. [To be] Ethically you have to follow the rules, legally you have to follow the law, and to be moral you have to follow what you know is right, and either way this was it just not right. You will not use whether it is the military or the National Guard to clear peaceful American citizens for the President of the United States to take a photo. There is nothing morally right about that. "
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.