A bipartisan group of nearly 500 former national security officials announced their endorsement of Joe Biden, throwing their support behind the Democratic presidential candidate who they claimed is “a good man with a strong sense of right and wrong.”
In an open letter released on Thursday, Sept. 24, the group introduced that they are “489 retired generals, admirals, senior noncommissioned officers, ambassadors, and senior civilian national security officials” that back Biden to be the next president of the United States.
Among them are some strong figures such as former CIA directors William Webster and Michael Hayden, former Navy Secretary Sean O’Keefe, and former defense secretaries William Perry, William Cohen, Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta and Ash Carter.
“We believe that Joe Biden is, above all, a good man with a strong sense of right and wrong,” they wrote. “He is guided by the principles that have long made America great: democracy is a hard won-right we must defend and support at home and abroad,” stated the open letter.
The group said that they trust “Biden’s positions are rooted in sound judgment, thorough understanding, and fundamental values,” and that “Biden has the experience and wisdom necessary to navigate America through a painful time.”
“Over his long career, he has learned hard lessons and grown as a leader who can take positive action to unite and heal our country,” they wrote of Biden.
Meanwhile, the group claimed, “The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small. Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us.”
Claiming that President Trump has allowed climate change and North Korea’s nuclear program to continue unabated and ceded influence to a Russian adversary, the group said the next president will have to address those challenges while struggling with an economy in a deep recession and a pandemic that has already claimed more than 200,000 people.
“Joe Biden has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire. That is why Joe Biden must be the next President of the United States,” they wrote.
The letter came as President Trump was nominated for a second time as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 for helping broker peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and between Serbia and Kosovo.
Under the brokerage of the Trump administration, Israel and UAE finalized their peace agreement in August 2020, the first agreement signed between Israel and an Arab country in twenty-five years.
Following suit, Bahrain on Sept. 11 also signed a normalization agreement with Israel after the Trump administration-brokered talks. The two countries plan to exchange ambassadors and open embassies for the first time, as well have direct flights.
The U.S. administration in January brokered an agreement to restore Serbia-Kosovo flights between their capitals for the first time in more than two decades. In September, the two countries signed an economic normalization agreement, which also resulted in Serbian agreement to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
In February 2020, the Trump administration signed a conditional peace agreement with the Taliban. Following the deal, President Trump said, “It is time” to bring U.S. soldiers home from Afghanistan.