President Barack Obama won the 2008 election by a landslide. He won the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after that. His popularity soared. He raised about a billion dollars for his re-election campaign. So why is he in such a tight election and why 500 Admirals and Generals are endorsing his opponent? As logical chess players, what do you think?

500 Admirals and Generals Endorse Romney

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times
November 4, 2012, 03:33PM

Five hundred retired generals and admirals are running an ad in Monday’s editions of The Washington Times calling on the country to elect Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday.


In plain terms the officers, who paid for the ad themselves, said they support Mr. Romney: 

“We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation’s next president and commander-in-chief.”

The ad then goes on to list all of the officers, in alphabetical order, in four columns of print.


Click here to view the ad (PDF)


The retired admirals and generals said they decided to take this public stand to try to head off “having to live through four more years of what has been experienced since January 20th, 2009.”


The list contains a number of prominent four-star admirals and generals, including five former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Among those is the surprising appearance of retired Army Gen. Hugh Shelton, a former JCS chairman, appointed by President Bill Clinton.


….The most prominent Army general 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.


More here: Retired top military brass push for Romney – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com

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