Inside the Ring: Aegis Ashore moves ahead

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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an audience at Harvard University recently that military leaders remain loyal to the Constitution and will not be involved in the presidential campaign.

“We had no role in this political campaign or any other,” Gen. Dempsey said in answer to a question after a speech at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

The four-star general said that when troops are promoted or commissioned, “we swear an oath to the Constitution.”

“That, by the way, that makes us unique in the world,” he said. “There are plenty of militaries around the world that swear an allegiance to a particular monarch or to a particular party. But our commissioning oath is to the ideas and ideals in the Constitution of the United States.”

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Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon ( He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.

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