Retired General: Some in Military Want to ‘Take Out the President’

William Boykin, now a Family Research Council executive, says military officers are sick of Obama’s political correctness.

The Pentagon is seen from the air over Washington, DC on August 25, 2013.
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Alex Seitz Wald
Nov. 1, 2013, 12:26 p.m.

A former top gen­er­al and cur­rent ex­ec­ut­ive at the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil says mem­bers of the mil­it­ary have con­sidered sta­ging a coup d’état against Pres­id­ent, but will not be­cause of ci­vil­ian con­trol of the mil­it­ary.

“People I’ve spoken to would like to see the mil­it­ary ‘ful­fill their con­sti­tu­tion­al duty and take out the pres­id­ent,’ ” re­tired Army Lt. Gen. Wil­li­am Boykin told World Net Daily, a web­site best known for push­ing Obama “birth­er” con­spir­acy the­or­ies. “Our Con­sti­tu­tion puts a ci­vil­ian in charge of the mil­it­ary and as a res­ult a coup would not be con­sti­tu­tion­al. You’re not go­ing to see a coup in the mil­it­ary.”

“I talk to a lot of folks who don’t sup­port where Obama is tak­ing the mil­it­ary, but in the mil­it­ary they can’t say any­thing,” Boykin said.

Boykin, an evan­gel­ic­al Chris­ti­an who is now the ex­ec­ut­ive vice pres­id­ent of the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil, was pub­licly re­pu­di­ated by Pres­id­ent Bush twice in 2003 for say­ing Muslims wor­ship an “idol” and not “a real God.” Last year, Boykin ab­ruptly pulled out of ap­pear­ing at a West Point ce­re­mony after con­tro­versy erup­ted over the in­vit­a­tion. (Boykin has also said Is­lam “should not be pro­tec­ted un­der the First Amend­ment” and that there should be “no mosques in Amer­ica” be­cause “a mosque is an em­bassy for Is­lam and they re­cog­nize only a glob­al ca­liphate.”)

Boykin said Obama has purged from the ranks of­ficers who don’t sup­port the pres­id­ent’s “polit­ic­al cor­rect­ness.” The pres­id­ent’s agenda, in­clud­ing the re­peal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and al­low­ing wo­men to serve in com­bat, are mak­ing the mil­it­ary weak­er, Boykin ad­ded.

An­oth­er former gen­er­al, re­tired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, a re­cip­i­ent of the Medal of Hon­or, be­moaned to WND that today’s mil­it­ary is all “girly-men lead­er­ship [and] medals for not shoot­ing and op­er­at­ing a com­puter.”

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