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Obviously this is a really bad call on McCain’s part, especially since the Joint Chiefs have recently said, very explicitly, that members of the military should not be involved with these political campaigns…

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written an unusual open letter to all those in uniform, warning them to stay out of politics as the nation approaches a presidential election in which the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be a central, and certainly divisive, issue.

“The U.S. military must remain apolitical at all times and in all ways,” wrote the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation’s highest-ranking officer. “It is and must always be a neutral instrument of the state, no matter which party holds sway.”

Admiral Mullen’s essay appears in the coming issue of Joint Force Quarterly, an official military journal that is distributed widely among the officer corps.

What’s more, did Petraeus even okay this? It’s highly, highly doubtful he did, given that he didn’t okay it when Rudy Giuliani did it last year. I wonder what the General thinks about this then. One would imagine he might lean more towards the Republicans, but who knows.

More as it develops…

  • Tully B. Silly

    Why would you think he would lean towards Republicans? You think soldiers like fighting in wars and dying? Although it is true that Iraq helped propel him into the national political stage and onto all of Americans’ minds (dont be surprised if he runs for pres in the future), why did the majority of former and active service members support Ron Paul, who is an ardent oppponent of the Iraq war?

  • http://stubbornfacts.us/ Tully

    Enabling the Paulbots, Justin? They are amusing.

    McCain’s usage is in-bounds, the same as any candidate’s use of pictures with troops is.

    Now, if Petraeus himself made any public endorsement, he should get OFFICIALLY slapped upside the head and disciplined for it. As a serving officer he is not permitted to make political endorsements. Period. From the lowest private to the highest general, that rule applies.

  • http://www.warning1938alert.ytmnd.com Jimmy the Dhimmi

    If McCain used Canadian officers in their campaign ads and called them Americans, the way the Democrats have done, then it would be OK.

  • http://www.donklephant.com Justin Gardner

    Now people…come on. This is Petraeus. Nobody thinks this is a bit different? And besides, McCain’s camp has already said they won’t do it again, so they obviously realize this was a misfire.

    One last thing to Jimmy…so somehow a misfire by a web designer is the same as McCain deliberately using the guy who’s running things over in Iraq to raise money? Huh?

  • http://www.warning1938alert.ytmnd.com Jimmy the Dhimmi

    …that members of the military should not be involved with these political campaigns…

  • http://stubbornfacts.us/ Tully

    *Now people…come on. This is Petraeus. Nobody thinks this is a bit different?*

    No. The principle is consistent, or it’s not a principle at all. If McCain has said he won’t do it again, it’s not because it’s out of bounds. (He may however think it’s of dubious net value, as being liable to offend some swing voters.)

    *so somehow a misfire by a web designer is the same as McCain deliberately using the guy who’s running things over in Iraq to raise money?*

    If only Dems and their supporters didn’t keep making that same mistake…but they do. MoveOn using Brit soldiers in their commercials claimed as Americans, for example. The DNC website that used the Canadian soldier used him in a push-post involving OUR troops held up as as a totem…if you’re going to do that you should really really actually have some vague notion of what our own troops look like.

    Symptomatic. And stupid.