PHILADELPHIA — Retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star Gen. John Allen delivered a speech praising presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention in the voice of a military drill instructor, saying she will defeat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and take care of veterans.
Florent “Flo” Groberg, a retired U.S. Army Captain who was awarded the Medal of Honor, America’s top award for valor in combat, by President Barack Obama for his service in Afghanistan, echoed the general’s comments.
Gen. Allen, accompanied by a group of veterans on stage, said about Clinton:
We trust in her judgment! We believe in her vision for a united America! We believe in her vision for an America as a just and strong leader against the forces of hatred, the forces of chaos, and darkness! We know that she as no other knows how to use all instruments of American power, not just the military, to keep us all safe and free [interrupted].
Some apparent supporters of Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attempted to heckle the former top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, screaming, “No more war!”
They did the same thing when former defense secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta spoke on Wednesday.
This time, however, they were drowned out by the majority shouting, “USA!”
Gen. Allen continued:
My fellow Americans I tell you without hesitation or reservation that Hillary Clinton will be exactly, exactly the kind of commander-in-chief America needs…
With her as our commander-in-chief, our international relations will not be reduced to a business transaction.
Our armed forces will not become an instrument of torture! And they will not be engaged in murder or carry out other illegal activities. With Hillary Clinton as our commander-in-chief, the United Sates will continue to be that indispensable, transformational power in the world. To our allies and to our friends and partners listen closely, we are with you. America will not abandon you…
To our enemies we will pursue as only America can, you will fear us! And to ISIS and others we will defeat you!
Capt. Groberg also said that Clinton will defeat ISIS, adding, “She will reform the VA [Department of Veteran Affairs].”
Clinton has downplayed the VA scandal involving the deaths of some veterans awaiting care at the VA hospital, suggesting it was blown out of proportion by Republicans for political reasons.
The scandal has “not been as widespread as it has been made out to be,” she claimed.