An Open Letter to Admiral William McRaven

By Ray Starmann

Dear Admiral McRaven:

Your OPED yesterday, which was picked up by every liberal media outlet in the country, was sadly indicative of the current state of mind of many of our nation’s recently retired and active duty senior military leaders.

You stated that former CIA director John Brennan, “is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.”

The man whom you describe as being a cross between George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Mother Theresa is a deep state hack; who, along with other Obama holdouts, is openly and aggressively pursuing a coup d’etat against the current President of the United States, for one reason and one reason only – his side lost the election.

Frankly, I can’t think of any actions that are more un-American, and against the values that Americans hold dear and that which so many Americans died for in the past.

What you call unparalleled integrity, I call honest to goodness treason.

Former CIA director Brennan, whom you state has honesty and character authorized the CIA to spy on American citizens, tried to rig a Presidential election and then lied to Congress about that spying. A man you claim has unparalleled integrity was caught fabricating stories about attacks on US personnel in Libya and providing weapons to ISIS backed militias in Syria.

Mr. Brennan also voted once for a communist candidate. How Mr. Brennan was hired as DCI after voting for a communist and why you support a man who once did, is a mystery to everyone but you and God.

Former members of the special operations community do not share your adoration for Mr. Brennan. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger and private security contractor who was part of the CIA team that fought back during the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, accused Brennan of putting his “politics” before those in the field.

On Twitter, Paronto stated: “My principles are greater than clearances too John Brennan, especially when you and the @CIA kool-aid drinkers punishes us for not going along with the Benghazi cover-up story in order to protect you, @HillaryClinton’s & @BarackObama’s failures. You put your politics before us.” 

Mr. Brennan was recently referred to by retired Army Brigadier General Anthony Tata as a ‘clear and present danger’ to the nation.

No doubt John Brennan’s complete absence of integrity and his erratic behavior are what convinced the President to revoke his clearance. Mr. Brennan stated that “Trump’s … performance in Helsinki, exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was … treasonous.”

In a recent article, Pat Buchanan stated that had Brennan made the same accusations of treason against former President Andrew Jackson, ‘he would have been challenged to a duel and shot.’

As you know sir, on the security clearance form, Question 29 reads, ‘have you ever supported overthrowing the U.S. Government?’

I think it’s more than apparent, from his nightly rantings on CNN to his Twitter expletives that John Brennan supports over-throwing the President and the current cabinet members of the US government.

You also wrote, sir, in reference to the President, “Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation,”

Actually, Admiral, the only person who has humiliated the US on the world stage in the last decade is Barack Hussein Obama. During the eight years of the Obama administrations, the world watched as the US cow-towed to Iranian thugs, let the Chinese run rings around us in the Pacific, while ISIS murdered tens of thousands of innocent people in the Middle East. Believe me, Admiral, the children of Syria and Iraq are rejoicing in their liberation from ISIS mass murderers. And, the people of the Middle East and across the world are sleeping soundly tonight, knowing that an incompetent, narcissistic maniac like Hillary Clinton isn’t sitting in the Oval Office.

As far as the nation’s current political schism, you need only look at your fellow liberals who are inciting violence and propagating hatred on a daily basis.

You then dared the Commander in Chief to revoke your security clearance.

I’m sure you’re aware of the following regulation in the UCMJ. Retired military officers are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) under Article 2 of the UCMJ, which extends the jurisdiction of military law to “Retired members of a regular component of the armed forces who are entitled to pay.” “Retirees are subject to the UCMJ and may be tried by court-martial for violations … that occurred … while in a retired status.”

Article 88 of the UCMJ criminalizes “contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Governor or legislature of any State.”

Something to ponder, sir.

No doubt your OPED was designed to whip up some more anti-Trump hysteria and to usher you into the political arena. No doubt you are a serving member of the ‘resistance.’ No doubt, you have your eyes on some office space in the capitol building or in the White House. No doubt, you have your eyes on the prize, all at the expense of the nation you once served.

When I read your OPED, sir, I wondered where and when and why you went wrong. How does someone from a military family, a SEAL, who came of age in the Reagan years; someone who understands what it’s like to be on a team; the camaraderie, the toughness mentally and physically required; someone who grew up reading about people like Patton, MacArthur, Lee, Grant, Teddy Roosevelt and Hal Moore- How does a guy like that end up aligning himself with the party of Pelosi, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, and slime like Hillary who was chanting baby killer back at Wellesley, and “too gutless to serve, I hate the military” Bill…?

How does a guy like you still support the destructive policies of Obama, and furthermore, how does a guy like you support Brennan, when you know damned well Brennan was a communist, and that he perjured himself in front of Congress, how does that happen?

You, sir, are representative of what is, in my opinion, as a former Army Captain and combat veteran of the 7th Cavalry, the worst generation of senior leaders this nation has ever fielded. Bar None. The majority of you, were and are what the late Colonel David Hackworth so eloquently described as ‘perfumed princes.’

It doesn’t matter how many degrees you have; how many combat tours you did and how much fruit salad you earned. It doesn’t matter that you have the SEAL Trident.

Your generation of senior leaders sold and is selling out the nation’s defense to the highest bidder and that bidder is social engineering and leftist ideology. You and your generation of leftist senior leaders have allowed our military to be destroyed for the greater glory of pensions, Tricare and political power, national security be damned. Now, that you’ve overseen the decimation of our military, you are determined to overthrow a sitting President because he represents everything anathema to the left – America First and the fact that the USA IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

You are all nothing more than political hacks; Obama leftists fighting some kind of insurgent anti-Trump campaign like a division of crazed left-wing fanatics holed up in the Beltway National Redoubt, waiting for a last op order from der Fuehrer, Barack Hussein Obama.

I believe sir, that you need to examine your conscience and ask yourself one very important question – what in the name of God Almighty would Hillary Clinton have done for anyone in this country?

The answer is nothing.

Ray Starmann

Editor in Chief

US Defense Watch

236 comments on “An Open Letter to Admiral William McRaven
  1. Sir – you should read the book The Jewish Threat: The Anti-Semitic Politics of the U.S. Army by Joseph Bendersky. Then read the book Onward Christian Soldiers by Donald Day. Please inform me of any conclusions you may draw from that information. I’m just gettin’ tired of poor old Adolph gettin’ slammed. Don’t you dare tell anyone that Adolph was the greatest anti-Communist that ever walked the earth. Or, that his gun law revisions made it EASIER for real Germans to own weapons.
    I had a promotion party given me by 4 VN navy officers, 2 were North Vietnamese Catholics who had an abiding hatred for the Cong.
    They didn’t call her Hillary the Red at Yale because that was her favorite dress color.

    de oppresso liber,
    Frank Novotny
    Cpt. (SF), ret.

    • Now SIR… that you’ve written a well reasoned and thought out response… please put it on a hellfire and send it up their SORRY TREASONOUS ARSES!!!!


      • Thank you Ray Starmann. for writing such a perfect letter. I don’t think anyone could have done it better. So true, so factual. You represent the larger and better half of America.

      • I’m of the understanding that Hitler was part Jew, but that is neither here, nor there, because it was said Trotsky, and Stalin were, too. Was Mao? Was Ho Chi Minh? Was Pol Pot? Was Idi Amin? Was Kofi Annan? Was South Africa’s ANC? Communism isn’t about Jews. It is about authoritarian leadership style. It is about holding down segments of the population, and using them as scapegoats by thug dictators, and their minions.

        • Hitler and the Jews, are bought up, sir because his communism killed so many Jews. Stalin killed lots of people, too. Communism is evil, very evil. And so are the dictators behind it. The newest being obozo! I am so glad Trump got in, because if he had not, we would not be posting any of this, right now!

    • Plus, no “former” ANYone should retain a clearance. Why? When I seperated from my defense contractor employer, I turned in my keys, but they changed the locks, changed all combinations and, as far as I know, pulled my clearance, as should always be the case.

      • How are these guys going to get a free ride and first in line everywhere they go if they don’t have security clearance? Security Clearances are Washington retirement programs and a ticket to the elite lifestyle.

    • Mr Novotny thank you for your service.I share your hatred of communism and I believe it is this countries #1 threat. The idea that communism is a Jewish based threat is as laughable as the Russian collusion theory. That concept was molded by 70 year old Nazi propaganda to validate its racial policymaking. So effective that it is still working to this day .Why because it is still used now by the communist to divide the nation along they same lines they divided Russia. Look at Jewish history in regards to the rabbinical control they had over their own people and how in the early 20th century they were losing this control. Jews have been patriots as well as traitors , some have worked in groups yes on both sides this doesn’t make a Jewish conspiracy. Btw take a look at early racist history Mussolini wad a outspoken socialist then switches to Giovanni gentile’s fascism Jews in Italy were apart of that movement one that is the starting point for the Nazis. The one that you admire its anticommunist policy. So Jews were involved on all sides of this issue.It would be the same as if I said Asians who work as a family typically only marry other Asians and keep within a certain cultural boundaries have a secret plan .Look at who makes the most money Asians , best education Asians etc the argument doesn’t hold water read more find out who pays the authors and widen your world view. Thank again for your service

    • best article i ever read in total support of what america stands for
      If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. CLAPPER’S OWN CONFESSION

    • I suspect not a real soldier but a wana be….. I know of no REAL soldier who would try and glorify Hitler who was lowest of the low scrum bag that the world have ever seen, though Stalin was right up there with him.

  2. Very well said. In fact, I was impressed enough that I actually clicked on the Link from within FreeRepublic and disengaged my AdBlocker to give your site a hit. This I can assure you is something I very rarely ever do. The pathetic POS “Admiral” has obviously sold his soul for membership in the Swamp and the personal benefits that come with it. Thank you for giving voice to what a great many people say to and amongst themselves but do not have a platform such as your to sound off on. Al Closson, USN-Retired

      • I just did the same.

        To Ray Starmann,

        Thank you, Sir for having the integrity and the willingness to stand with the truth.

        Long live the Constitution and long live the Republic.

        • Hear Hear Sam Adams:

          I will toast to that!

          The truth will set all men free.

          — P.S.: From a direct descendant of Samuel Adams, related to President John Adams and President John Quincy Adams.

    • Al Colsson, I AGREE 110%!

      ALSO, McRaven was the farce that assisted HELL-R-eee at the “RAMP Ceremony”, [when HELL-R-eee & B.O.,[da stink’a], lied to the families about the “BENGHAZI DEBACLE”]! OR, was it the “EXTORTION 17” assassination? (I honesty can’t remember which).


      I DO remember McRaven’s asinine attitude!!


      McRaven ALSO covered up the FACT, — {read the SEAL SHOOTERS’ {Owens’}, book, revealing that the man he shot [thinking it was Osama Ben Laden], was “too young to be OBL”}! — and it latter came out that Osama Ben Laden died years before that so-called “Geronimo kill” in Pakistan!

      YOU’RE SOOooooo right! McRaven HAS “sold his soul”!!

      NOW he’s trying to save a {closet} MUSLIM traitor & consistent liar!


    • Remember when ObaMoa purged all those senior officers and presumably replaced them with Obamabots?

      “On April 6, 2011, McRaven was nominated by President Barack Obama for promotion from the rank of vice admiral to admiral and appointed as the ninth commander of USSOCOM”

      “McRaven attended the University of Texas at Austin on a track scholarship, and was a member of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. He graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.[7”

      “In 1982, as a junior officer McRaven was assigned to SEAL Team SIX under the command of CDR Richard Marcinko but was pushed out in 1983 due to McRaven’s concerns about a culture of recklessness, military discipline, and difficulties in keeping his sailors in line.[11]

      Probably wears a pussy hat around the house…

    • First, I was shocked by Bill McRaven’s out of touch remarks. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Texas Naval ROTC unit – the same unit I was commissioned from in Feb 1944. I know Bill, and am very disturbed by his comments. I would never have guessed he would take such an inappropriate (maybe too soft) stand.
      Believe me – I stand of exactly the opposite point of view. Brennan is a present danger. Trump should issue a Presidential Order revoking every security clearance of military, civil servants’ and political appointees’ the instant they leave their jobs. After all, clearances can be re-instated if it is vital to nat’l. security.

      Bill just retired as Chancellor of the Univ. of Texas University system. Furthermore, he is suffering from leukemia On his illness; I wish him a speedy recovery. I would hope he reconsiders his stand and apologizes to the nation.

  3. This guy was one of the Obama appointments, when Obama was purging the military of experience and Conservatives.

    • So true. As a military wife who cares more about the USA than any political party, I am appalled at the Admiral’s comments. It is clear to the most casual observer that Brennan is owned, lock, stock and barrel by the deep state. The DOJ should be turned over to the US Marshals and begun anew. Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Rice — traitors all.

  4. Sir, after reading the Admiral’ comments about giving his soul to John Brennen and selling out his sworn loyalty to his President I was very angered that such an intelligent high ranking officer could be so fickle and cheaply bought…and was at a loss for words to properly present my feelings for this despicable “Navy Seal.” You Sir, have written a true masterpiece in presenting the feelings of many of us for our President and our loyalty for the well being of our great Country. Clearances be damned, the first official act of a President should be to REMOVE all those from the previous regime that are detrimental to the business at hand…Thank You Very Much.

  5. Great article. Thanks. I could sense that as you got closer to the end of the article you were getting hotter and hotter because what you were discussing was so disgusting. I agree with your points one hundred percent. I also agree we have had a bad batch of senior military leaders. It is a shame.

  6. Outstanding reply to an ignoramus. I complained to the University of Texas System as well about this incoming crackpot.

  7. Less we forget, Hillary Clinton tried to draft ADM McRaven for her Vice President until she chose feckless Tim Kaine instead. He IS a powdered prince who sold his soul to take over JSOC when GEN McChrystal left. He was even farther left than McChrystal who openly admitted he voted for Obama. Despite his loyalty, McChrystal got the axe for comments he made to the bastion of truthful reporting, Rolling Stone. Ninety percent of JSOC is hanging their heads in shame that they were ever led by such a man as McRaven, who couldn’t hold a candle to Flynn or McChrystal.. I hope Trump takes McRaven up on his offer to take his clearance. He doesn’t deserve to keep it for his seditious sentiments.

    • Thanks for the info. It seemed out of character for a man who should have known better, So McRaven was one of her ex-Highness (she was the one who was SUPPOSED to succeed Obama–they agreed to it–don’tcha know!) minions.

  8. As a Naval officer who served two terms in Vietnam on the staffs of three Admirals, I can only hope that this pos is an anomaly. What a pathetic sell-out…surely this is not a typical example of what we have in our senior officer corps, if so God help this country. I don’t believe I have ever read a more passionate, patriotic, or important response to a oped that was not only schizophrenic, but an absolute danger to this republic. Just because this moron can do more pushups than I can at 78 years old does not give him the right to sell out his country. God bless you for challenging McRaven and his ilk, who are chiefly responsible for the state we find ourselves in and why a Trump presidency is essential.

    • Thank you, sir! I was hoping that McRaven’s view of integrity was not typical of all Naval officers.

  9. At least 2LT Spenser Rapone was open & honest about his disdain for America & our way of life, unlike McRaven. It’s not difficult to figure that McRaven would’ve fired upon Americans had he been ordered to do so.

  10. I was wondering how soon Trump can revoke his SEC clearance before he does some real damage supporting our enemies. He does not even come close to Commander Richard Marcinko..retd..hooah Team 6. Could be someone knew where that helicopter of seals were on Obumers watch.

    • Roger that…Extortion 17 was a sacrificial lamb for the Muslim convert Brennan, so who on the Seal end could have made it happen?…any idea’s!!!

      • Thank you for your service and hope your intel is spot-on where it needs to be. Ideas you ask? 5ey transparency-Biden, Brennan, Panetta, McRaven, Afgan govt (who permitted eyes on ops) ect. Warfare has changed like Sun Tzu states, “Therefore the skillful leader (POTUS) subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.” By 2025 your hypothesis may be right. I pray for justice..Extortion 17.

  11. I see similarities with 1865, 1963, and 1972.

    The depth of hatred for Lincoln and despair for their doomed way of life, in the minds of J W Booth and his gang, are similar to the hatred of Trump and willingness to engage in fantasy devoid of any reality, by the liberal spokesmouths and their behind the scene masters. Booth did not act in a moment of rage. He had friends who plotted for months to stop the Union victory they saw oncoming. They plotted to kidnap Lincoln and take him the the Confed capital Richmond to parade him around like a caged animal, and force a Union peace deal. Then it sunk to murder as Grant won and kidnap proved hard to pull off.

    The doomed way of life is the same as the psychological need of today’s liberal to run our lives for us. Slaves were looked after and taken care of by slaveholders, in the minds of those folks. They did not need the rights of the Declaration or the 10 Commandments. Eliz Warren will take the fruits of our labor and award them to the rightful beneficiaries. Never mind who worked hard.

    The same depth and degree of hatred is obviously palpable today. And flights of fantasy, divorced from the reality of Trump’s running a non Russian campaign, is in full view every day on CNN MSNBC etc.

    The deep state, the gang who could’t shoot straight, in early 1960s, made numerous BIG screwups. Bay of Pigs, attempts to kill Fidel that all failed, the USSR missile buildup finally noticed by the intel community, and finally, the green light to overthrow the govt. in Vietnam, in 1963, 2 weeks before JFK was killed too. All were brought to us by the same wetworks that burgled Watergate in 1972 and GOT CAUGHT, and that planted a fictional dossier into the public domain about Trump in 2016, brought to us by a gang of FBI, CIA, and friends. And GOT CAUGHT.

    In 1972, Nixon had a choice. Try to downplay, avoid light, mumble and fumble, about the Watergate Plumbers. Or, fess us that the US political world included dirty tricks used by Dems and Repubs. He choose the first path. And got painted into a corner where he took the figurative bullet rather than unmask the swamp, deep state, dirty tricks, or as Pres. Eisenhower referred to indirectly, the Military Industrial complex.

    The same gang’s offspring, 2 generations later, bungled by sticking with Hillary as the candidate of choice. Massive strategic MISTAKE. They would have been better off throwing her under the bus, and running a better candidate. Except, the Clinton machine, and the Obama disaster, had so strangled the Dem party, that it had no capable bench of pinch hitters or young phenoms waiting for the call up to the big league. Gavin Newsom was way too young. Eric Holder was barred I am sure by Hillary. Andrew Cuomo??? Adam Schiff? How about Senator Donnelly of Indiana or Senator Joe Manchin the 3rd of W. Virginia. Another massive strategic mistake.

    So the smarterst person in the room, hillary, activated the dirty dossier gamut. Using the new bunch of incompetent clowns in the swamp. And here we are. Trump is taking the opposite path that Nixon took, to nobody’s surprise. (Of course, almost everything Trump does is a surprise, to friend and foe alike many times.) Comey, Mccabe, Strzok, are shot down by the Pres. and patriots. Ohr is next in line. Mueller is a running joke.

    And Trump is running his own intl. strategies, free of swamp state expert incompetent advice. He is pretty quick to fire the dolts as they become apparent to him. Probably has the best secret service agents ever.

    So we hope the similarities with 1865, 1963, and 1972, end as similarities but not repeats.

    • Don Rutkoff, what a grim pleasure to read your most excellent treatise on parallels in history between Lincoln and Trump. I doubt anyone who followed the absurd and disgraceful defense of Brennan by this so-called Admiral is even remotely aware of the historical facts you present. We just have to pray that the Democrats do not come up with some “pinch-hitter” who can capture the passion of those who can be fooled. Thank you for a most excellent analysis

      • Thank you. Four were hung, and another 8 I think went to prison. The underlying rage and fear are too scary. The underlying argument of Dem slaveolders is the same as today’s E Warren or Kam Harris or the marvelously inept Andrew Cuomo: we the gifted knowledgeable ones are the better stewards of your profits. The right to the Pursuit of Happiness has a dollar limit.

        Lincoln was keenly aware of this. He was highly motivated by the theft of the fruits of labor of the slave, and the theft of the slaves own family and children.

        I can just imagine E. Warren’s ancestor going to see Charles Lindberg just before he takes off to cross the Atlantic. “Charles, we sure hope you make it. We can sure use the prize money” Charles: “We?” “Yes. Here is a writ from the Social Justice Court, with the names of 8 less skilled pilots/plane designers. When you return, the prize money will be split 9 ways.”

  12. Very succinct and clear. I hope he answers, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Flag officers, even retired ones, often think they are about things – just like politicians.
    It almost seems that the former intelligence hierarchy created this mess and are extremely afraid that they’ll soon be found out.
    I wish that some of the people we already know have done wrong, finally go to jail – they don’t hesitate with the “worker bees.”

    • YUP! He’s the “cover up guy” that tried to SELL the “Geronimo assassination” to men who IMMEDIATELY REALIZED that the dude they’d shot was TO YOUNG to ACTUALLY BE OBL!!! (Read Owens’ Book!)…IF it’s still available…

  13. It is a wonderful and refreshing thing for a “real man” to stand for what is right, no matter what the cost. God bless you!

    • McRaven needs to make his own bed. It is full of shit. I am disgusted with his comments to date. The ONLY reason he survived the purge of dedicated, senior officers during the Obama reign of terror is…He gave up his country for promotions. A leader he is NOT.!! “Sir”, you should have washed out of BUD/S
      I am Retired Navy SEAL LCDR, LDO EOD and Former MCPO Been there done that!

  14. There was a reason why the Obama regime purged the military, replacing true patriots who were considered a threat to Obama’s agenda. Admiral McRaven, lacking integrity, honor, clearly compromised, is not the only example of the treasonous cancer purposely seeded into the US Military by the left.

  15. For those to young to remember research how many close advisers to FDR were of the Zionist- Communist also known as key Democrats.

  16. Thank you Sir for the retort. I served because I believed I was feeling that maybe I was a fool . After reading your letter I realized I was not I BELIEVE

  17. Ray, we’re on the same page. This is what I published on Facebook yesterday with an accompanying story of McRaven telling President Trump to withdraw McRaven’s clearance: “Why is this any surprise obama’s chosen Admiral, William McRaven, who’s SEAL’s killed Osama Bin Laden’s body double (Osama was already dead) who was buried at sea in a secret ceremony all to help obama’s polls for having Osama killed would be defending wahabi muslim communist fired CIA Director John Brennan? Connect the dots. William H. McRaven is the University of Texas System Chancellor which is run by Communist Chinese intelligence as are many other major universities in the USA. Why do you think Senator Ted Cruz recently spearheaded efforts against Chinese funding for a center at the University of Texas at Austin? Senator Cruz said “Communist China is infiltrating American universities to meddle with our curricula, silence criticism of their regime, and steal intellectual property including sensitive dual-use research…”

  18. Superb commentary! I had also noticed the decay of our military’s senior “leadership” over the past few years and it has alarmed me. I served for 32 years both as enlisted and officer. I am sickened by the politics of our senior leadership and was highly disturbed by what I witnessed first-hand while in uniform. And it was not only me. A few of our senior leaders were aware of the problem and so pronounced upon their retirement. Hopefully, something can be done to reverse the situation with intelligent commentary and exposure of the issue to the public. Thanks Ray!

  19. I could not believe what I read in the OPED. Was this the same Admiral whose speech at UT I watched on YouTube? It was a great speech from a Navy SEAL but sounds like it was all coming from his ass.

    Taking sides with the Left when it is so clear what is going on, the efforts to take over this country and undo election results by nefarious means. I am pissed and really want people to hang for what has been going on. No plea bargains, no Federal Detention centers for “white collar” criminals. They need to pay for the crimes that have been committed and there have been way too many over the years.

  20. McRaven, just another Obama era flag officer who’s mantra is Career Before Country. This is the bunch that brought us women in ground combat units, homosexual “weddings” in military chapels, persecution of Christian chaplains, cross dressers in the ranks, surrendering sailors, ships running into each other on the high seas as their female OODs refuse to talk to each other, everything wrong with our military that no amount of money can fix. I am afraid Mattis is in this group as he has not lifted a finger to roll back any of these left wing social experiments and in fact tried to countermand Trump’s order to get rid of the cross dressers. My huge disappointment with Trump is the refusal to clean out the military. I would have fired every 3 and 4 star officer the day I took office and started over. (Signed) Major, US Army, Retired.

  21. When one’s own Security Clearance is faced with a possible threat of being cancelled, it’s no wonder a weakling like this Admiral joins scum like Brennan.

    By making themselves known, it is now easier for Trump’s team to close down the active group working on the coup d’etat.

    Trump has the authority and obligation to immediately REVOKE ALL Clearances of inactive military and former Administration officials.

  22. Excellent open letter. I would only add.

    Admiral William McRaven please go home and make the bed you just crapped in.

    Rick Church
    USA Retired

  23. This is the type of “leader” we must worry about when the SHTF. He will try to turn the troops and other officers with whom he is still friends, against the Patriots that are trying to save our republic.Also I wouldn’t turn my back on the troops if I were him. (Retired Navy combat Vet)

  24. it was alledged that Gen. George S. Patton said we fought the wrong enemy in WW2…….and joe mccarthy gets more popular every day,,,,HAT’S OFF TO CAPTAIN STARMANN FOR HIS BROAD SIDE LETTER TO THE RED RAVEN. citing the UCMJ,,,,great work, i missed that completely.,,,,AND TO ALL OF YOU,,,,,,,youtube the full and free movie,,”THE SANTA FE TRAIL” and remember when…..

  25. Oh yes, Mr. President, please revoke his clearance and while you are at it, revoke his citizenship and buy him a one-way ticket to Pakistan.
    Your article is absolutely correct. You and your kind make me proud to be a citizen of this great US of A. I am confident we are in good hands.

  26. When I read what that Admiral said about our President, I was so shocked….I’m so glad to know that I wasn’t the only one who was disgusted by his comments.

  27. The fact McRaven wasn’t sacked by Obama indicates what a toady he is. Leftist apple polishing toady for the Left and Deep State.

  28. Mr. Starmann, You put down on paper what my thoughts are exactly. I tried to do the same but your skills with the English language are far greater than mine. McRaven’s view of integrity is far different than mine and integrity was pretty important to this old Army Officer.

  29. you will get nothing from this nonsensical left wing Commie WHORE political hack, he is what is wrong with our military and all these fools must be purged out of the military and fast, and the Generals and Admirals on pensions with there socialist demon-rat gums flapping against our President should have there pensions revoked for treason.
    This Traitor really needs to be standing before a firing squad.

  30. Good reply. Thank you for saying what many of us cannot.

    I have one thing to say to (Ret) Admiral McRaven, for his actions now and the public glory and attention he sought previously for JSOC. A motto that so many of us in the community served by and continue to live by. “Quiet Professionals”. I could say so much more, but this may say enough.

  31. Thank you Mr. Starrman!! This was the BEST letter to an intolerant Liberal that he richly deserved. No one could have said it better. I only pray that he heeds your letter and does some serious thinking about what he did. Unfortunately, I don’t think he will be capable of that.

  32. to WTF: a few things.
    1. the DOD/Pentagon was created for the specific purpose of cramming political correctness down the military’s throat.
    2. a prime criteria for flag rank is the ability to say, “Yes sir, yes sir, 3 bags full.” to their political masters.
    3. an article in the Jerusalem Post during the Clinton administration lauded the fact that ALL the U.S. intelligence agencies were in the hands of their “dual citizens”.
    4. Woodrow Wilson wrote that he had destroyed America when he signed The Federal Reserve Act. He was correct.

    Gott mit uns,
    Cpt. frank sends

  33. Beautifully said! This 71 year old, broken broken hearted Patriot thanks you from the bottom of her heart Mr. Starmann

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  35. You should immediately retire. You are not worthy of continuing to serve at any rank. I am embarrassed to call you brother. You are a POS.

    • John. Of course he was held in higher esteem. He bowed to their leaders. He groveled at their feet. He shipped them billions of dollars, secretly. He passed legislation that gutted our people to benefit them. He signed agreements to allow terrorists to obtain nuclear weapons. And on, and on. He didn’t advocate for US. He advocate for everyone else, at our expense.

      So yes, I’m sure they don’t care for Trump nearly as much. Not only is he NOT following in Obama’s footsteps….but he’s actually supporting his nation. And cutting off their “American welfare check”.

  36. You have a great way with words Ray – no one could have done a better job of putting this pos in his proper place than you. You make this American veteran very proud! By the way, where was the Admiral when Obama was conducting his brutal purge of our nation’s military branches, including the Navy?

  37. This is nothing more than fabricated bullshit by a butthurt Trump supporter who is angry that reputable military members are now speaking out against Trump because you can’t easily dismiss them as “libtards”.

    It is laughable you accuse them of treason and of attempting to rig an election when the man you’re defending is being investigated for those very things.

    To claim our nation was humiliated under Obama shows how out of touch and clueless you are. You’re blinded by your politics. Trump has made a laughing stock of our nation. We’re a joke on the world stage. I say this as someone who voted against Obama both times.

    Pull your head out of your ass. Trump is the worst POTUS of our lifetime and a danger to the country.

    • Who are you “Jonathin”? Opinionated but lacking in knowledge? Pull your head out of the donkey’s ass and life will be so much enlightening.

    • I can tell this is a two to four year political degree speaking and thus possibly an Antifa/Soros troll. Additionally, probably never served a day in any branch of military so does not comprehend freedom or empirical data. Move along…nothing to see here. Go home to your mothers basement troll.

    • What isn’t fabricated, if anything is, are McRaven’s views regarding integrity. Lying to Congress which has been established that Brennan did is not a measure of integrity. McRaven knows this, so his oped had to be purely political. That speaks to another point in the open letter. Too many senior military officers have given up there warrior status to become political which is weakness. Don’t know much about the admiral’s career but would like to know how he is regarded by people that served under him. If, in your view, President Trump is the worst POTUS of all time, just think how bad it would have been with Hillary. Ask the Israelis and the Italians if they think President Trump is a laughingstock? I keep saying President Trump because it is irritating, isn’t it?

  38. And you sir, should thank the Admiral and the men he led for you to be able to express your opinion. What sir, have you done for your country?
    RJ Castro

    Freeport School District Art Dept Head
    National Red Cross volunteer
    CAPTAIN ABRAHAM Lincoln, Black Hawk War 1832, sculptor.
    USN Seal Teams retired

    • As stated in the article, I was a captain in the army and I’m a veteran of the Gulf War, where I served in the 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry. Garryowen! I wouldn’t follow McRaven into water.

      • Well written sir. One note to consider: During his regime, Hussein Obama effected a cleansing of senior military leaders that did not support him. Consequently, the majority of senior leadership remaining left to retire now are bound to be pink pajama wearing pantywaists like McRaven. I believe a review of phone logs would discover one or more calls between Obama and McRaven prior to the OPED piece.

  39. McRaven: Conduct unbecoming at best. Insubordination for sure.
    Incompentence , proven.
    24 Navy seals and two top secret helicopters, of which one crashed when both tried to land in someone’s back yard, (WTF) just to do a simple home invasion of old and ailing OBL and his wive? This could have been done by a couple of gang bangers for a cool mil bounty. McRaven should take that fruit salad of his chest together with his security clearance.

  40. – Barbarians Inside the Gates: The Black Book of Bolshevism by Col. Donn deGrand Pre. It is the story of those behind the stage that pull the strings of our political puppets. The bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.
    – The Jewish Threat: The Anti-Semitic Politics of the U.S. Army by Joseph Bendersky. The assembled reports of the military intelligence officers stationed at the embassies in Europe between the wars. They all reported the same thing, but you would never read what it was in school. 1. Hitler and the Nazis were not a threat to the U.S. 2. Stalin and the Commies were a big threat to Europe and would become a threat to the U.S. 3. Germany was the only country in Europe strong enough politically, socially, industrially and militarily to withstand the onslaught of Communism in Europe and 4. They ALL recommended that the U. S. support Hitler against Stalin. In the end, one is left to wonder if all of these white, Christian MI officers were really “anti-Semitic” or were they just doing their jobs? The next book makes it abundantly clear.
    – Onward Christian Soldiers by Donald Day, the only American reporter in northern Europe between the wars. He corroborates the reports of the MI officers. A very interesting book.

    frank, navy PCF advisor RVN, SF engineer, LNO to a Panzer Division, funfilled Mogadishu. too.

  41. Sir
    I have great respect for service as a commander of SEAL Teams and your williness to put yourself in harm’s way … Hooyah.
    I am extremely disappointed with your support for Brenning…
    Next time you give your famous address to University of Texas …how will you explain your support for this man.?
    It’s not unconstitiona, or anything close to a violation of his first amendment rights.
    Lost respect for your judgement.
    God bless

  42. I just gave you 2 references.
    Is that stupid? Do you read?
    as for stupid: B.S. Industrial Mgmt.,
    SF engineer, LNO to a Panzer Division
    PCF advisor to VN navy

  43. The SEAL community is at a loss for words other than he can now join the likes of Jesse Ventura! McRaven is no more relevant as Brennan is.

  44. Properly poised and perfectly put, Captain. Thank you for being a real American with an understanding not only of history but of the future that must be.

  45. Well, Ray,
    As a Gold Star Dad with 4 of my 5 kids that served, I grew up on Ft Bragg, My entire family served in all branches of the military for many generations-I’d first like to thank you for your service to this country. That said, maybe you need to think about the man you are defending- A man that paid $25 mil in fraud- is currently charged with stealing from his own charity-bankrupt 5xs -Cheated on 3 wives- 2x charged with Tax Fraud-has had a huge amount of his business with known Russian Mob money launderers- Has a long history of false claims, much of his Trump Properties are owned (Because you can use shell Corps in Real Estate) Russian oligarchs laundering money stolen from the Russian people- The Russians bailed him out years ago. He has been tracked and verified to have lied 4000+ times- in the past 1 1/2 years-5 of his TOP PEOPLE have either plead guilty of lying to the FBI- or been indicted. He has lied about every contact with the Russians and his campaign- (Current count 87+) As an “Intel” person- that doesn’t make you say “HUM?”. It seems you have a “bone up your butt” for Hillary- Okay, let’s look at that- 30 years of Rabid Right Wing investigation- Nothing- 30 years of Clinton tax returns- (They are accused of OVERPAYING) Their charity has an A+ rating and they actually don’t get paid from it- While the Clinton’s were in they had the BEST ECONOMY in US History (to that time) The least amount of actual Combat Casualties since before Roosevelt. They got “CHIP” passed so poor kids would have healthcare coverage. So again- Let’s look at Donald Trump- The economy is exactly where it would be if Obama was still POTUS- there is no “Trump Bump” if there is PLEASE show us- Unemployment is exactly on the same Trend-in ALL CASES- the GDP- 10-year trend -almost a straight line. Yearly Deficit is up now to $1T- Stock market – Same trend. As for the Military- Under Donald Trump- more soldiers have died in actual Combat Missions in 2017 than 2015 or 2016- In 2015 we went 121 days without a Combat death- in 2016 we went 116 days without a Combat death- Both the longest time since 9/11- I know because I read every DOD Report at 7 am on my radio show since the beginning of the Afghan War.
    I asked Lindsey Graham on live TV during an interview at AEI-if he thought Donald Trump could name the Leaders of ISIS, The Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram or the group that killed those 4 SF soldiers in NIGER- he said, No but he knows they are “Bad People”. You know I bet Hillary or Barack Obama- could answer that question- what do you think? As a Gold Star family- I also found – that GWB had 4500+ Casualties Obama 2500+ and NEITHER of them EVER made it about themselves. As a matter of fact, Obama stood at Attention for 4 Hours when they brought home the Extortion 17 casualties – There was no press and a mortician from Dover told my wife and me over dinner shortly after it. She said in all her years there she never saw anything like it. No Press was allowed because all the bodies hadn’t been identified so they could get permission to let the press in. Donald Trump at the 19 casualties picked a fight with a grieving Gold Star Wife and made it about himself. For the second time. Yet you seem to be defending him. Well Sir, I sure do spend a lot of time in Washington covering the News. So hopefully we will cross paths- and I’ll get you to explain why you would support such a man. Again Thank You for your service & your time, Fred John Boenig #GoldStarDad PS- Here is a book you might find enlightening

      • Thanks for reading my comment- I guess you’ll tell me all about the wonders of Donald Trump–I believe that will be a short conversation- but if you can prove anything I said to be not factual- I’m here to learn. PS your opinion of me actually doesn’t matter since the level of courage to spew your opinion from a fake account-proves the true value of the source from which it comes. But thanks for caring enough to call me names.

    • TEN HUT: FRED JOHN BOENIG,,,,,,,i love fdr, ike and jfk,,,,, it ends on 23nov63,,,,,volunteered for viet nam in 1966,,,,,trump is a historical accident,,,,who would have guessed,,,,,,BUT OF ONE THING YOU CAN BE SURE…….our government beginning with the federal reserve act of 1913,,,,,,,and the fdr administration; has given way to communist control,,,,and hillary would have been the fullfillment of a 100 year plan that began in 1917,,,had she won…..YOU CAN REST ASSURED THAT EVERY SERVICE MAN AND WOMAN THAT GAVE ALL OR SOME SACRIFICED FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT IS NOW A BRAVE NEW WORLD ORDER GLOBALIST RUN ENTERPRIZE,,,,,,,,,,,many call it communist, COMMUNISM,,,,and I certainly do.,,,,the infrastructure is firmly under control of bush clinton obama style commies,,,,,and that includes the armed forces,,,,,sleep well tonight,,,,,your wish has come true.

    • Mr. Boenig – congratulations on having the courage to speak the truth among such a negative onslaught. Thank God I’m “separated”, not “retired” with a UCMJ tail.
      Anton Vesely, former USAF Missile Capt.

    • I have never read such rubbish…got your head so far up your tailhole its comin out your mouth,,,

      Anyone defending Clintons deserve to serve her in hell..

      yes I said her,because Billy boy was the other side of her Cheschire cat face

    • Using a book written by a progressive supporter and seconded by the Washington Post is hardly fact. Tell all of us what Trump has done since in office that you dislike.

  46. Outstanding Open Letter, IMHO. The only thing I would of added was, how come you did nothing to avenge the deaths of our brave trigger pullers in Benghazi? That alone, showed every Veteran what your character is truly like as a Democrat.

  47. Admiral McRaven, you are a Traitor and a scum bag of the lowest of scum on the Earth. You will pay dearly

  48. I am a retired CIA operations officer and former USMC officer. The open letter to McRaven is the best piece of writing I have seen in quite some time. The author asks how McRaven went so wrong, coming from a military family, SEAL, etc. I can tell you: Greed, moral cowardice, opportunism, shallow intellect, weak character. John Brennan was probably the worst director of the CIA in history. Further, he was nothing but a desk jockey (he could not make it into the operations officer cadre) who owed his rapid rise to sucking up to Bill Clinton when he was named as his morning briefer. Brennan was almost certainly the guy who created the entire fake “Russiagate” canard. He belongs in prison. As for McRaven, all you need to know about him is that he is a buddy of Brennan. Enough said.

    • Thanks Chris. McRaven also butted heads with Dick Marcinko back in 82-83 in SEAL Team 6 and left the team. It would be interesting to know what happened there.

  49. Sorry, Fred. i am not a Gold Star father or grandfather. However, I am the second generation to serve during a war. My father was a career Navy man and served 21 years on Subs. He was a veteran of WWI. I am a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea. My son is a Vietnam Navy veteran. Afghan/Iraq conflict my son’s two boys – one a Naval Aviator (10+ years active duty), other son NROTC grad (I am NROTC grad – Univ of TX – Feb 1944), served a surface warfare officer and later a SEAL 8+ years active duty.
    All four of us are APPALLED by McRaven’s out of line statements – act on his request – take his security clearance. We think Brennan is a threat to national security. His statements are so divisive that he should be brought before Congress again and asked some more specific questions. He sure as hell is no patriot.

    • Well, thank you for your service- So your definition of Patriotism is to be quiet? May I assume you are a history buff? When another POTUS created a list of people that he considered enemies- I bet there were those that were standing by him. But when the truth came out- he was actually a “Crook”. Brennan has said publicly he hasn’t requested to be or been briefed on anything past his OWN NOTES- you know that right? So one thing that would help the POTUS is to limit this enemies list to not be able to view their OWN personal notes to prepare for Congressional Hearings that we all know will be coming. You don’t find ANY of this “Russia Stuff” concerning? Have you ever read any books on the life of Donald Trump? Have you noticed that he really lies with such ease? Example- He said he created 50,000 Coal Jobs- do you know what’s wrong with that? There might actually be only 50,000 people in the entire Coal industry- But oh well= He lied about the Trump Tower meeting- why? So while I appreciate you explaining your opinion- I think the real thing that would help me understand it- You would explain how so many lies-so many lies about Russia-So many direct connections with Russia and it’s money-so much history of being caught in lies- you still take the things he says at face value. Again thanks for your families serve and yours.

    • Well again Thank you and your family for their service- Now- I guess Ray’s letter (As a nonactive duty member) using his 1st amendment to talk trash to a MUCH HIGHER RANKING- RETIRED military member- for that member using his 1st Amendment right to Talk Trash about the Commander in Chief seems kinda like a Circle Jerk to get Ray more hit’s to his site? It’s funny because Ray’s site ranks #156,520 of all websites in the US- His “Bounce” rate is 90.90% (Bounce is when you go to the site and leave without clicking anything -go there by mistake) So a higher number is BAD- his average page clicks are 1.1 and Average Time on the site is 2.47 minutes. So clearly- no none is going there and spending any time. I’m beginning to believe- he writes these “Flaming Hyperbole filled rants” to try to get some attention- but clearly, no one is actually taking him seriously- If you don’t believe me just look for yourself. It’s a shame he has to pander to people that support a verified Grifter by talking trash to someone that has actually given 37 years to this country. Especially someone who’s family has a long history of Draft Dodging- Crooked Business-Discrimination-Klan Ties and no military service in over 180+ years- But Ray also decided to write an OpEd to talk trash about another Gold Star Dad even before Trump was POTUS- and has a history of publishing False stories. Just Google him- I bet he would do better if he actually tried to focus on positive things. But here like I said sadly No one is actually paying attention

      • First of all Fred, the website you write for,, is ranked 85,000 in the country. So, don’t come on here and trash me, when I’ve gotten 4 million page views in 3 years as a one man band. Two, as a combat veteran of the 7th Cavalry, I have more than earned my right to say whatever the hell I want about a retired senior leader who is a political left wing hack. Three, I’ve been writing articles about the decline of the military for 20 years, mostly for free and starting back when I wrote for Colonel Hackworth’s old site, Four, Mr. Khan, the Gold Star father who is a Democratic Party operative, not to mention his affiliation with radical Muslim groups needs to go to civics class and learn what this country is all about.

        • LOL- Really- that is the best you got why you would Trash a Gold Star Parent? Or a Navy Seal? Plus defend a man that called a Gold Star Wife of a Special Forces Soldier a liar on the way to her husband’s funeral. Yes, I get you served in the Gulf War- protecting the Saudi Border and it gives you the right to speak your mind- I’m sure all of us are grateful to you. But I see many of your readers doing something that I find pretty interesting- Defending a Draft Dodger that has had zero family members serving in Any Military in over 180+ years- That if any of your readers actually did more than watch Fox news to get their knowledge on the history of the Grifter in Charge. None of them would buy a used car from the man. It’s interesting your Zeal for the Islamic World- while you ignore the Kleptocracy run by the richest Mob boss in the world.
          So 20 years and your average reader spend 2.47 minutes reading your website and 91% of the people that go there leave without any interaction. has been up for 5 years- and has a 19.4% bounce rate-11 page clicks and 22.2 minute time on site- I don’t write for it I OWN it and my partner is a 64 yr old Female AF Capt. 2 people. So maybe you are actually the Political Hack that defends a man that Lied 4000xs in 1 1/2 years? Had to be embarrassed to give the money he promised to the Veteran’s organization- Yet you never even questioned it. But you talked trash about a Real Combat Vet that did call him out. I’ve met DJT 3 times-he’s a clueless con man. What next will you be talking trash about John McCain’s service? So let’s call it a day- but if and when- DT is indicted you’ll have proved as I just said- You were on the Wrong Side of History. But here so your readers can compare.

          • Khan is a radical Muslim. Period. End of story. No one cares a rip about the Daily Ripple. Alpha, Mike, Foxtrot.

  50. As a Canadian and contributing writer for USDEFENSEWATCH. COM, Ray Starmann’s article is excellent. Canadians have always had a high regard for Americans, especially their military forces. The USA has always been the envy of so many countries and #1 on Canada’s list. If I may, as a Canadian, state that the TRUE embarrassment is not with President Trump but with all that he has exposed. If I was an American I would be horrified listening to the likes of Brennan. McRaven and Company. Canadians have known for a long time the “shenanigans” of Obama and Clinton. Believe you me, we also want to see America as being “Great Again” but a cleansing must first occur. May it be sooner than later. And, may God Bless all.

  51. Hey buddy. You got any evidence that Trump is a criminal? Hillary never been indicted. Same with Trump.

    If you choose CNN or Rolling Stone as your news that is splendid. Keep wasting more time writing long fiction.

    • Well, actually there is PLENTY of evidence of the Crimes of the Trump family- Start here- Also was charged twice for Tax Fraud- Of course, he settled a $25 million Fraud case.I don’t know of ONE where Hillary was fined or found guilty but if you have one show me, please. But if Mueller finds evidence of Money Laundering (which of course he will) will you support his impeachment? I guess you missed that one-

      • Fred- I stopped reading your response when you said the economy would be the same under Obama as it is right now under President Trump.
        Obama said 2% growth is “the new normal” and to just get used to it – doesn’t sound like even he agreed with your assessment. So right there you proved yourself wrong, wrong, wrong.
        I suggest you seek help for your Trump Derangement Syndrome and appreciate the terrific response to MacRaving you just read. No one here will be swayed by your Anti-Trump rhetoric.
        Oh, and since we have to list empathy credentials, I’m the granddaughter, daughter, sister, wife and mother to men who served or are now serving in the military. I’m doing my part.

  52. Brennan is a threat to national security. My Top Secret security clearance was terminated when I retired from the Marine Corps. No one should rate to keep that cherished security clearance when they retire. No one is that remarkable that they need it after retirement. It’s only a privelege. Brennan is a total egotist and a spoiled current civilian employee. He needs to totally retire and stop crying like a little hungry baby and the spoiled brat that he is. Give it up old man.

  53. To those who still think Putin owns Trump, please explain U. S. Space Force.

    N.B. No leaks came out! None. Totally out of the blue. No NYT or Wapo scoop. Is Maddow connecting the dots, to, uh, uhm, somebody in the Kremlin? Does Jim Acosta have any questions? Answers?

    Y’all are in a rabbit hole. Reagan went for space too.

  54. Great article and very on point. This is exactly the problem with certain high ranking military so-called leaders. Under Obama, He promoted yes men (and I use the term men loosely with these types.) to the highest ranks and removed real men of valor and integrity, In the Air Force, we had scabs like McPeak, Clapper, and a few others.

    I say to President Trump, yank his clearance and send Admiral William McRaven a stern memo-for record clearly stating that he is on notice and that should he persist, relevant actions up to and including punitive actions under the UCMJ will be taken.

    This miscreant needs his wings clipped and sooner than later. This will send a message to others like Admiral William McRaven, disrespecting the President of the United States by retired senior officers will not be tolerated.

  55. Wait- you are judging your belief of Trump on Netanyahu (who’s wife was just indicted for corruption) and Italy that has now a Right Wing government? It’s amazing to see so many people here that support someone with zero credibility- You’d support Donald Trump over McRaven? Can you please explain that? What exactly has he done that you all find so amazing? Please provide the documentation if you have it. Thanks. Maybe you should watch this- It might be enlightening. But of course a

  56. It just makes me wonder what Obama has on an Admiral to blackmail him with, that he, a former Seal, would betray and sell out his country in this manner???

  57. FRIENDS,,,it now appears that another general wants his ticket pulled as well…do you ever wonder who reads this micro niche blog and the comments??? it is said that the world wide spook professionals monitor all this opinion for data mining….TRUMP HAS A BIG FAMILY,,,,MAYBE THEY READ IT for how the peeps are thinking???NOW IF I WERE POTUS,,,,,I WOULD CALL EVERYONE’S BLUFF TO WIT: via twitter,,,,,,,LISTEN UP PEOPLE,,,,any and all former officials, both civilian and military seeking their clearances rescinded , should make formal request in writing and submit thru proper channels! said request will be reviewed and if warranted, granted……….IN HIGH SCHOOL WE USED TO CALL THIS GAMBIT,,,,PUT UP OR SHUT UP……all of this chest beating smacks of adolescent hubris to this voter.

  58. Ray, You summed up everything I though of when I heard that McRaven acted with such disregard of the facts in John Brennan’s disgusting career. Thank you for laying it out so succinctly. This is what happens when you send operators to DC. They become part of the mindset of the swamp. Brandon was directly responsible for the death of an ambassador, a CIA worker, and two Navy Seals. For that reason alone, McRaven should be ashamed.

  59. I have read most of your comments and agree essentially to all of them. There are many Obama left overs in the military who are willing to demoralize and
    denigrate the military. The President has constitutional
    authority to call for the resignation of anyone in the military, regardless of rank. If any ranking officer engaged in a coup de’ tat against the President shall
    be court marshaled and dishonorably discharged. I believe the President is being ill advised being it would be politically correct. I have so much more to say on Admiral McRaven and company.

  60. I am a Korean War combat veteran. I and many other vets agree and support your position. A jerk is a jerk trying
    to be something else

  61. Ray starmann has missed the point. It is called free speech. EVERY American has the right to speak their mind and the President should not punish people just because they disagree with him.

    By the way there is no dark state it is simply a made up idea to justify getting rid of some people who work for the government who don’t like Trump. The fact that they don’t like Trump does not mean they are actively trying to get rid of him. This is the excuse Hitler used to purge the German federal government in the 1930’s. The fact that people work for the government doen’t Mean they must blindly follow anyone who accepts the position of President. They are people too with a conscience.

  62. I served, I died and I was brought back to serve for many more years. 22 in all. So please tell me again how you or any civilian is any more worthy than myself? I am 240% VA rated disabled 100% for pay purposes and I cannot afford to maintain my own home, so tell me more, Obama’s sphincter boy who passed the litmus test, traitor to America.

    If I hear one more PISS ANT military officer Admiral or otherwise or goddamned PIECE OF SHIT retired government asshole no longer working in a government capacity bitch about having their clearance revoked I will use every opportunity to beat the shit out of them.

    YOU DO NOT HAVE A NEED TO KNOW so your goddamned clearances need to be pulled. Do you know WHY?

    Because I now am thinking that you who complain about this have an ulterior motive and to me that sounds an awful lot like fucking TREASON.

    One thing about revoked clearances, they can easily be restored too.

    The entire idea of someone calling the US President “power hungry” borders on the stupid if not insane. And yet these fools calling him power hungry are disconnected from reality. Power hungry is sealing all your records. Power hungry is sending billions of dollars to Muslim leaders. Power hungry is passing laws on holiday weekends after midnight.

    Do you need a reminder of the most non transparent president ever? One who lied to us so often that books have been written about it. You know President Barry Sotero. Also know as Barack Obasshole.

    When are you fukwads going to realize you are no better than anyone else. You HAD a job and now you do not. Enjoy your retirement and shut the fuck up. Commit TREASON and die.

  63. Thank You, Mr.Ray Starmann! It’s hard to believe how many Seditious DeepState, SwampCreatures and TurnCoats have come to light as a result of, obummer’s ATTEMPTED DESTRUCTION of America! They’re all sicking low lifes, who need to spend the rest of their lifes in
    As far as sickOsoros, obummer, killary, SlickWilly and what punishments they deserve,
    I believe PUBLIC Stoning would not be to harsh!
    Since I don’t support the DEATH PENALTY, I will refrain from commenting on the punishment they DESERVE!
    Great Open Letter Sir ??

  64. I am concerned about giving my name and email address. I don’t know who to trust. I do believe what has been written here. I have to trust. I am retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer who served 27 years maintaining, flying, and training aircraft and sailors.
    I believe whole heartedly the words printed here. Everything stated is proven. Politics have kept named personnel from being executed.
    Judges are now falling in line for political gain.
    Yes there are thousands of well trained strong in personal discipline who believe as we do. We will defend the USA against all enemies
    And domestic. Obama, Clinton, Soros and all followers take notice.

  65. If he’s a paid retiree, he’s still subject to UCMJ.

    Tread lightly Admiral, or you might come up on Admin Orders. Just saying.

  66. Bravo Ray Starmann. I could not have said it better.


    James Martin Sigler II, Veteran
    Former CPT, FA, USAR
    Regular Army (Active Duty) 1985-1988
    1/82 FA, 1st Cavalry Division

  67. First, Admiral McRaven, Mr. Brennan’s use of his former position as CIA Chief as a soapbox to get media appearances while undermining your Commander-in- Chief, and with it National Security, is hardly the hallmark of “the finest public servants.” His self-serving, indisciplined and unprofessional conduct is disgraceful. It is disturbing enough to see this in a senior government official.

    Far worse are your recent comments as a retired military officer. Mr. Brennan is a political appointee. You are a commissioned officer and the country has the right to expect more from you. You have a retired military ID card, you receive benefits, and you receive retired pay – NOT a pension – retired pay, which means you are subject to recall to service. President Trump is still your Commander-in-Chief. Keep that in mind the next time you get the urge to publicly pop off with sanctimonious and unmilitary speechifying.

  68. Wow great I do believe the left has some of the top political soldiers in their pocket . They need to be watched carefully. Sadly we live in a day and age when west point graduates declare their loyalties to the failed communism. The source , the professor’s that indoctrinated them.

  69. J. Stewart – First, thank you for your kind comment about your American cousins. I have said for many months – Trump is wrong – draining the swamp is not going to solve our problems. He must flush a sewer clogged with political and bureaucratic CRAP!

  70. Absolutely correct. As a Texas Univ. NROTC grad (Feb 1944) my wife and I have met and know McRaven as a member of the 1976 Class of the unit. We were flabbergasted by his inappropriate, insubordinate tirade.

    I would never have guessed he would condoned such a performance from his command. Now, he joins ranks with disloyal political appointees. You are correct – Bill McRaven is still on the military payroll. Pres. Trump should give McRaven what he wishes for – take his clearance.

  71. As a retired DOD engineer with a rather high clearance due to the customers I served, I know that if I said anything political to the public, I would have been corrected immediately. Furthermore, once I retired, my security clearance went away soon afterward. Why do the upper echelon get different treatment? Do the supporters of this CIA guy think that keeping his clearance would be good for the country? That since he still has his clearance he can discuss classified information to anyone who pays him?

  72. Excellent response! John Brennan has been a enemy of the US for a long time. Should be in prison.

  73. Ray, thank u. Bet u didn’t expect so much commentary. Maybe u did.

    Here is another contribution about the MSM strategy to destroy President Trump. I am not military, but I hope all of you military already recognize the lefty media strategy: They keep saying that every new thing he does, none of which they predict, is DESPERATE. BACK AGAINST THE WALL. TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE. Whenever whatever, President Trump initiates, they say he is trying to divert our attention, he is days away from the indictment. The left has no imagination or forward planning. President Trump twists arms to pump up NATO? Desperate to make it look like he isn’t Putin. Tarriffs on dumping? Just appeasing his base, to build votes against his impending impeachment. President Trump donates his entire salary in office to the Natl. Park Service. Just another vote ploy, I guess. The SPACE FORCE?????
    I have yet to hear if they even mention it on lefty news.
    Everything he does is viewed from the perspective that he is desperate. Yet, President Trump has initiated moves on more fronts than anybody in the Dem party, the NYT or Wapo Edit. boards, or the SPLC can keep up with. So, the reaction is always, he is just trying to divert away from Russia Russia Russia. Not very deep thinking, not very convincing.

  74. Above all the SEAL community needs to have a seriously internalized “Operational Propulsion Plant Examination and Evaluation” and decide whether or not third excuse for an Admiral speaks for himself or the community. If it’s s for himself then have the balls to publicly disown this sonofabitch; and, if it’s s for them then maybe the rest of the armed forces really needs to take a serious look at you; you really are NOT that important when compared to the average ‘straight leg’ fleet sailor. It might take less than a year to make a SEAL it takes at least a six year enlistment to make a good ‘Fleet Sailor and they don’t get to do the candy ass ‘ring the bell’ thing and walk out, provided they don’t get blown over the side or kill somebody along the way. We need fleet sailors; their jobs are far more dangerous than yours and more of them die every year underway than ever die on a SEAL team op. We can’t get enough of them; we really don’t need U. Sailors belong on Ships and Ships belong at Sea. Decide where your loyalty is; it is time to purge the temple; take fire into all the dark corners burn out the cobwebs, and fry all the spiders and rats. Decide what you are and let the rest of us know one way or the other. Adm. McRaven has bold facedly violated serious punitive articles of UCMJ as well as Regulation 1133 of US Navy regs.

  75. as I replied to another: read the book The Life of an American Jew in Racist, Marxist Israel. the truth is out there, mostly politically incorrect, but ya gotta do your research and always cross check.



  77. It is long past time to start charging people for their gross violations of UCMJ I have been posting exact quotes from Article 88 & 89 & Clapper’s own 31 October 2013 memoranda on security clearances

    Thank you Ray Starmann

  78. I thank the author for so eloquently stating the disappointment and sadness so many Americans who agree with him feel regarding today’s “top brass.”

    The majority of military “leaders” today are not honorable men; rather, they are nothing more than political hacks blinded by their craven desires for power who too often dishonor their medals-covered uniforms and office.

  79. Wow! I am very impressed by your letter to Adm. McRaven. I was shocked when I heard he was defending Brennan. You have answered my question in an eloquent and classy manner. I am proud to have served in the same Army as you. Any man that quotes Col. Hackworth is a friend on mine! Charlie Mike!

  80. FRIENDS,,,,,if you are a bank depositor saver nest egger retiree since jan 2001,,,,,,you know you have been robbed in broad daylight at your bank WHILE WALL STREET AND THE WEALTH CLASS WERE GETTING RICHER WITH HISTORIC LOW RATES,,,,,,YOU GOTTA KNOW HOW THE FED OPERATES,,,,AND THE WINNERS AND LOSERS when the fed lowers and raises rates….NOW I JUST FOUND OUT THAT TRUMP TODAY AND THE LAST FEW DAYS HAS MOUTHED OFF ABOUT FED RAISING RATES…..bought gas,,,,bought groceries,,,paid medical bills,,,inflatiion is a killer…raising rates helps mainstreet AND TRUMP HAS JUST SAID HE WILL CONTINUE TO CRITICIZE THE FED WHEN IT RAISES RATES… it’s PERSONAL WITH ME AND IT SHOULD BE WITH YOU,,,,if you are retired and struggling or just a person that wants a lousey 5 percent return on your bank savings……WE NEED POTUS PENCE RIGHT NOW,,,he is in favor of a balanced fed,,,,,LOW RATES AND CHEAP MONEY MAKE TRUMP EVEN WEALTHIER as you eat hot dogs and beans and baloney for lunch and dinner…TRUMP DOES NOT CARE ABOUT STRUGGLING RETIREES…frankly i should have kept my powder dry over this current flap…..i got no dog in that fight…..i guess i will have TO THROW IN WITH MY USEFUL ENEMIES…….useful,,,,,,,,ENEMIES….over and out.

      • I question if Starmann is a real American or some Russian Hack. Either that or he has been smoking too much funny weed and taking too many pills.

        He is so sad.

        • You got me. I’m a GRU penetration agent still operating in the USA. My mission is to bring down all Democrats, aka Marxists, who are allied with my cause. I was originally sent across the Inter German Border at Checkpoint Alpha in Helmstedt with the mission of finding out just what G.A. Custer was up to in the 7th Cavalry. You liberals are all 25 years late and a ruble short on the Russians as bad guys theme.

  81. You’re a retard and probably never served a day in the military – someone who did wouldn’t question Admiral McRaven’s integrity.

    • I’m doing my readers a favor here. I’m opening up the commentary to people with room temperature IQ’s like yourself…

  82. Thank you for your Service to America ~ Keep up your service of sharing the FACTS AND INFORMATION that
    is not being reported by the media.

  83. I’m so glad you wrote this piece. There are so many traitors in (or were in) leadership positions. Someone needs to write an open letter to Ralph Peters, the bastard that says Trump supporters are “couch potato anarchists”. MAGA!

  84. I have a question. It is my understanding that to gain access to classified material an individual must have two things. First, the individual must have a clearance at or higher than the classification of the material to be accessed. Second, the individual must have a Need to Know.

    ADM McRaven may have every clearance in the book but who is providing his Need to Know? I have not see anywhere where he is employed by any Governmental activity which would require that he access classified data. Without a valid Need to Know justification he is just someone who is fishing in a pond without the required fishing license… just like Chelsea Manning. But, Manning was charged and convicted by a Military Court-Martial of violations of the Espionage Act.

    Will ADM McRaven be similarly charged?

  85. Admiral RcRaven, I have such sympathy for you. Not because you are awash in the vacuous blather of the Radical Left, but because clearly you are owned; bought and paid for. You are being “blackmailed”; somebody controls you. My sympathy for you is occasioned by your cowardice that you choose betraying America rather than standing like a man to take your medicine. I am sorry for you that you are yellow through to your guts.

  86. Senior leaders or former senior leaders continue to advise presidents and agency heads on issues of national interest.
    He gets to keep his clearance until he dies. Unlike us less mortals.

  87. Hitler was a Fascist. A dictator like Mussolini was also a fascist. Stalin was a communist of sorts but also a dictator. Obama was neither. He was NOT a socialist like Bernie Sanders he was a left leaning Democrat. There is a big difference. One Needs to read history and Political science to understand the diffgerence. It is very important to understand who these people really were. Trump wants to be a dictator but our system prevents that.

  88. This is an accurate hard hitting response to the liberals who don’t like America. I don’t know what caused them to become haters of America and what it stands for, but nevertheless, these people are making statements that border on treason.

  89. as before, read the book.
    I don’t glorify anyone, I merely seek the truth.
    Could there possibly be some reason that all these white, Christian MI officers advocated supporting Hitler and not Stalin? Could there possibly be a legitimate reason why Gen. Patton concluded that we had slaughtered the wrong pig?

  90. do not forget the functional definition of democracy:
    that form of gov’t whereby the stupid and lazy can vote themselves the fruits of the labors of the intelligent and industrious simply because they outnumber them.

  91. u may note that ALL of Trump’s financial appointees are these very same anti-Christian “dual citizens” that Christ drove out of the temple with a whip. Like Woodrow Wilson later wrote, he had destroyed America when he signed the Federal Reserve Act. he was correct.
    praise the Lord and pass the ammunition (ptLapta),
    frank sends

  92. Hey this is fun. Quite a long comment run on Ray’s open letter.

    Here is a devious idea. If the left really wants Trump out, let’s oblige them. I propose Trump resign next Feb. after serving more than 2 years. Pence becomes Pres. and appoints Mr. Trump to be our chief trade negotiator. We get the benefit of Mr. Trump’s appetite for negotiating deals. The left goes apesh that Trump retains a major role. Our foreign policies get better and better. And note that outside of the US left, nobody cares if he paid off past girl affairs.

    And current VP Michael Pence becomes Pres. for less than 2 years of this term. And can run for 2 full terms should he choose. The left will then attack Pres. Pence for being christian. There isn’t anything else they can badmouth on him.

  93. Ray Starmann certainly reveals his star of stupidity. This is not about the Democrats losing the election. It is not about some nefarious deeds Hillary Clinton has been accused of (I might add she was investigated for 3 years and cleared of wrong doing.) It is not about Obama whose worse deed as President was trying to give affordable health care to everyone. It is about the most corrupt, self-serving man ever to occupy the office of President and to have the most corrupt cabinet and incompetent administration in history. The only thing good coming out of it is some of these have left government, some have pled guilty to crimes and the truth is coming to light. Trump is the one who has committed treason. Outright giving classified information Israel shared with us on Syria to the frigging Russians who support Assad! And, there is more examples. Trump has been cultivated as a Russian asset for the past 30 years. His character is rotten to the core and his business practices and every penny he has made is tainted.

    Trump is a ravenous wolf and his sheep continue to believe and defend his incessant lies, totally blind to the fact that he is doing what he accuses his enemies of doing. If he were not President, he could not pass the background check for any government job much less President and to think he has the gall to revoke security clearances of men like Brennan, Clapper, Unger, etc.

    He will get his due and it can’t come soon enough.

    • If only Trump wasn’t a Russian agent, we could all be living in perfect harmony with the Witch from Wellesley as our dear leader. The article was about a retired admiral, not about Trump. Perhaps, a phonics class is in order for you, so you can come up to the reading level of conservatives.

  94. That’s funny- “Hitler was a Socialist” You ever been to the Holocaust museum? Seems he Killed them FIRST- Fascists always hate Socialists- Because Socialists represent the Workers and believe they should have a voice-Facts Matter
    But of course, Ray Starmann wouldn’t correct one of his misinformed readers.

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. Martin Niemöller

    • So, I’m supposed to spend all day monitoring conversations on my website? Monitoring and banning conversation is what you Dems are all about. Fascism, socialism – all equals one thing – big government tyranny, aka the Democratic Party.

  95. they tried to fly the Holohoax story after WW1 but it didn’t fly, so they resurrected it after WW2. Documents discovered after the fall of the wall indicated 93,000 died, almost all from typhus. Incl. letters to camp commandants excoriating them for the high death rates.
    Many subsequent researches indicate that it never happened, but they put those researchers in jail in many European countries. Like that French diplomat said, “That shitty little country.” read the book The Life of an American Jew in Racist, Marxist Israel by Jack Bernstein, available on line.

  96. LOL, Oh Ray you have no idea about Socialist or Tyranny- so stop trying to put them in the same boat- Is Canada a Tyranny? You know what Tyranny looks like? It’s when a Leader thinks he is Above the Law and says that the “Free Press is the Enemy of the State.” That will be your first clue that Capt. There is a difference in BANNING Conversation and Fact-checking- You get that right? It’s kinda like stopping Stupidity from spreading- but maybe like Trump, you like the less informed people- Me, I make an effort to make sure people don’t spread misinformation- obviously around here it’s not a priority or you probably would have even fewer readers huh? Nothing like White Nationalist to get their facts wrong- just saying

    • Yeah, no tyranny in socialism at all, like the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. socialism is communism

      • LOL- Really- now you’re an expert on the Kleptocracy of the Soviet Union. So is Canada a Tyranny? Are Unions Tyranny? Is the Public Library Tyranny- that Fireman that shows up at your house paid for by the people is that Tyranny? Do you travel on Interstates? Ever heard of Earned Income Credit? Since the end of WWII the Scandinavian countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden), plus Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium have achieved the best social services, welfare, security and happiness levels. They have managed to have a high education rate, low poverty and high levels of satisfaction while preserving the basic freedoms and respecting the rights of all.

        Commerce wouldn’t make a dime were it not for A TAXPAYER-FUNDED SYSTEM that protects assets (shared police, fire, municipal services, and the courts), that enables commerce (shared roads, bridges, rail, air, sea, FDIC-insured banks, the post office, and the regulations that govern them), that protects consumers (OSHA, EPA, FTC, FDA, FCC, etc.–effectively all government regulations covering citizen interaction with business), and that promotes enterprise (the teaching of said economics in higher education institutions, government regulation of interest rates and minimum wage, printing currency, bankruptcy courts, etc.). So just stop with your ridiculous comparison of the Soviet Union. If it wasn’t for SOCIALISM your Bankrupting POTUS would be in Jail right now for not paying his bills.

        I’ll wager most of the folks here benefit from Democratic Socialist policies here. Like yourself- it’s called the MILITARY- Paid for by the TAXPAYERS. Please stop making people less informed- clearly you draw them like flies and you just keep adding to their ignorance.

        Here I’ll simplify it for them

        • I know a hell of a lot more about the USSR than you ever will Fred. And, your socialist paradises in Western Europe are imploding now. Government is tyranny. Governments murdered 100 million people in the 20th Century. I want as little government as possible. Frankly, most of the federal departments should be dismantled immediately, like the worthless Dept of Education to begin with. And, one more time – UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS. Socialism is communism, whether you want to accept it or not. Government is not your friend. It is a fire that must be contained at all times.

  97. Fake news. fake news. fake News. Get it? Not Free press. Fake news is robot Facebook posts. Free press is just slightly different than Fake news. Catch Trump intrvw with the not exactly right wing Reuters. Fake news, is when McCabe, Comey, and Strzok can’t keep their lies all in a tidy line.

    If Trump is Russian asset, then why isn’t Putin buying Calls on the SPX, DIA, and QQQ? Did you short the stock market as Trump ruins our economy? Helllppp. We are all losing our jobs!!!!!!!


    If Trump is Russian asset, then is Tim Cook a useful idiot? Warren Buffett too?

  98. The world is upside down.

    More often than not, especially under Obama, we find that those at the highest ranks are the worst officers.

    This has been my experience. While I was enlisted, I was forced to recognize the rank if not the man. Again, far more often than not, the highest ranks are made up of sycophants who do everything they can for their career at the expense of both the men who serve under them, their mission, and the good of the country.

    Anyone, who “served” near the top of the chain of command, who come out against Trump at this stage, after the constant bombardment of attacks from the leftists, are traitors….they’re not just stupid, and they’re not just incompetent (God knows I’ve seen my share of stupid, incompetent officers). These men are traitors and enemies of the Constitution, and should be treated as such. McRaven, you are the worst kind of scum.


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