“The 88” – Military Leaders Send a Call to Action to America

On September 1, 2016, I wrote an article on how the pacifist policies of the Obama administration hurt the military leadership (http://www.thewesternchauvinist.com/the-purge-obamas-firing-of-a-true-american-bads/).

This month, news outlets received an open letter from no less than 88 former Admirals and Generals urging the American people to end the cycle of morally corrupt politicians running the country into the ground. It appears that former U.S. military leaders who suffered under the administration are exacting some measure of retribution.

In the letter the former military leadership urge the public to take action and “make a long-overdue course correction” by electing someone who has not been “deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military.”

This letter is as much an endorsement to Trump as it is a condemnation of Clinton. The content of the letter is very general but examining it closer we see a message condemning Clinton. The accusation is she is complicit in the destruction of the US military as much as or even more than Obama.

During the past eight years, which include Clinton’s stint as top diplomat, “the administration has led a campaign against the services through budget cuts, policy choices, and combat operations, the letter says. This has led our enemies to be emboldened and increasingly aggressive against us and our allies.”

This is a rare event and should be treated as an eye opening gesture from military leaders. Members of the military are always encouraged to keep their political views to themselves. Occasionally, you’ll have the one off general officer make a wayward comment but rest assured, this letter is not the norm.

The situation in America has become so bleak they came out of hiding to voice their concerns.  This is not merely a letter, fellow patriots, this is a call to action.  The original text is below.



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.

Simultaneously, enemies of this country have been emboldened, sensing weakness and irresolution in Washington and opportunities for aggression at our expense and that of other freedom-loving nations.

In our professional judgment, the combined effect is potentially extremely perilous. That is especially the case if our government persists in the practices that have brought us to this present pass.

For this reason, we support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically.


We urge our fellow Americans to do the same.


  1. General Burwell B. Bell III, US Army, Retired
  2. General Alfred G. Hansen, US Air Force, Retired
  3. Admiral Jerry Johnson, US Navy, Retired
  4. General Crosbie “Butch” Saint, US Army, Retired
  5. Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, US Army, Retired
  6. Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, US Army,Retired
  7. Lieutenant General Gordon E, Fornell, US Air Force, Retired
  8. Lieutenant General Harley Hughes, US Air Force, Retired
  9. Lieutenant GeneralThomas McInerney, US Air Force, Retired
  10. Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, US Air Force, Retired
  11. Lieutenant General Hugh G. Smith, US Army, Retired
  12. Lieutenant General David J. Teal, US Air Force, Retired
  13. Lieutenant General William E. Thurman, US Air Force, Retired
  14. Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, US Navy, Retired
  15. Vice Admiral Edward Clexton, Jr. US Navy, Retired
  16. Vice Admiral Dutch Schoultz, US Navy, Retired
  17. Vice Admiral Donald Thompson, US Coast Guard, Retired
  18. Vice Admiral Jerry Unruh, US Navy, Retired
  19. Major General Joe Arbuckle, US Army, Retired
  20. Major General John Bianchi, CSMR, Retired
  21. Major General Henry D. Canterbury, US Air Force, Retired
  22. Major General Jeffrey Cliver, US Air Force, Retired
  23. Major General Tommy F. Crawford, US Air Force,Retired
  24. Major General Felix Dupre, US Air Force, Retired
  25. Major General Neil Eddins, US Air Force, Retired
  26. Major General David W. Eidsaune, US Air Force, Retired
  27. Major General William A. Gorton, US Air Force, Retired
  28. Major General Kenneth Hagemann, US Air Force, Retired
  29. Major General Gary L. Harrell, US Army, Retired
  30. Major General Geoffrey Higginbothan, US Marine Corps, Retired
  31. Major General John D. Logeman, Jr., US Air Force, Retired
  32. Major General Homer S. Long, US Army, Retired
  33. Major General Billy McCoy, US Air Force, Retired
  34. Major General Robert Messerli, US Air Force, Retired
  35. Major General John Miller, US Air Force, Retired
  36. Major General Ray O’Mara, US Air Force, Retired
  37. Major General George W.“Nordie” Norwood, US Air Force, Retired
  38. Major General Robert W. Paret, US Air Force MC, Retired
  39. Major General James W. Parker, US Army, Retired
  40. Major General Richard Perraut, US Air Force, Retired
  41. Major General Sidney Shachnow, US Army, Retired
  42. Major General Mark Solo, US Air Force, Retired
  43. Major General John Welde, US Air Force, Retired
  44. Major General Kenneth W. Weir, US Marine Corps, Retired
  45. Rear Admiral Phillip Anselmo, US Navy, Retired
  46. Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, US Navy, Retired
  47. Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, SC, US Navy, Retired
  48. Rear Admiral Mimi Drew, US Navy, Retired
  49. Rear Admiral Ernest Elliot, SC, US Navy, Retired
  50. Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, US Navy, Retired
  51. Rear Admiral Byron Fuller, US Navy, Retired
  52. Rear Admiral Dale Hagen, US Navy, Retired
  53. Rear Admiral Charles F. Horne III US Navy, Retired
  54. Rear Admiral Grady L. Jackson, US Navy, Retired
  55. Rear Admiral J. Adrian Jackson, US Navy, Retired
  56. Rear Admiral Frederick C. Johnson, US Navy, Retired
  57. Rear Admiral Jack Kavanaugh, SC, US Navy, Retired
  58. Rear Admiral Charles R.Kubic, US Navy, Retired
  59. Rear Admiral Rich Landolt, US Navy, Retired
  60. Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, US Navy, Retired
  61. Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, US Navy, Retired
  62. Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore Jr. SC US Navy. Retired
  63. Rear Admiral John A. Moriarty, US Navy, Retired
  64. Rear Admiral David R. Morris, US Navy, Retired
  65. Rear Admiral Ed Nelson, US Coast Guard, Retired
  66. Rear Admiral Philip R. Olsen, US Navy, Retired
  67. Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, US Navy, Retired
  68. Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, Jr., US Navy, Retired
  69. Rear Admiral Leonard F. Picotte, US Navy, Retired
  70. Rear Admiral Brian C. Prindle, US Navy, Retired
  71. Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, US Navy, Retired
  72. Rear Admiral William L. Schachte, Jr., US Navy JAGC, Retired
  73. Rear Admiral William R. Schmidt, US Navy, Retired
  74. Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, US Navy, MC, Retired
  75. Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic,US Navy, Retired
  76. Rear Admiral Charles Williams, US Navy, Retired
  77. Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, US Navy, Retired
  78. Brigadier General Remo Butler, US Army, Retired
  79. Brigadier General George P. Cole, Jr. US Air Force, Retired
  80. Brigadier General Philip M. Drew, US Air Force, Retired
  81. Brigadier General Jerome V. Foust, US Army, Retired
  82. Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, US Air Force, Retired
  83. Brigadier General Charles Jones, US Air Force, Retired
  84. Brigadier General Mike D. Jones, US Army, Retired
  85. Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, US Air Force, Retired
  86. Brigadier General Mark D. Scraba, US Army, Retired
  87. Brigadier General Hugh B. Tant III, US Army, Retired
  88. Brigadier General Robert F. Titus, US Air Force, Retired
Enio Bodden

Enio Bodden

Born in 1980. Enio grew up in the South Bronx area of New York City. He graduated from Aviation High School and joined the Marine Corps. Bodden Served 5 years in active service as a Crew Chief/Door Gunner with HMM 263. Theaters include Kosovo, the horn of Africa, and Iraq. Enio works in the private security industry for a major retail corporation. He is a firm believer in the American way; hard work and determination. Saepe Expertus Semper Fidelis Frates Eterni

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