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Should retired military endorse political candidates?




Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey answers reporters' questions during a news conference at the Pentagon October 30, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey answers reporters' questions during a news conference at the Pentagon October 30, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia.
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Army General Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, doesn’t think so, but yesterday 50 former national security officials signed an open letter warning about the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency.

It says he "would be the most reckless President in American history," that "he lacks the character, values, and experience for the job, and that he'd put the nation's security at risk. The signatories include former high-ranking military leaders.

That's par for the course in this campaign, as both party conventions featured retired generals blasting the opposing party's candidate.

12 generals have run for and held the office of President of the United States.

We’ll debate the role of military in elections.

Guests:

Don M. Snider, a Senior Fellow in the Center for Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE). He is former Director of Defense Policy of the National Security Council in the White House, serving in both the Reagan and Bush Administrations. His recent op-ed on General Dempsey’s statement appeared in the Washington Post

Rachel VanLandingham, Lt. Colonel (Ret’d., U.S. Air Force); Former Air Force Judge Advocate (2000-2012); From 2006-2010, legal advisor for international law at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command, where she advised on operational and international legal issues related to the armed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq; Associate Professor, Southwestern Law School in LA