US military chief Dempsey slams SEAL groups' 'anti-Obama' campaign

Washington, Aug 22 (ANI): U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, General Martin Dempsey, has criticized a group of former military and intelligence operatives for their aggressive anit-Obama campaign, saying that he is "disappointed" by such political activity, which he feels is "not useful."

General Dempsey is the most senior most American military officer to publicly condemn the group, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, which has been compared to the "Swift Boat" Group by some opponents, that attacked John Kerry during the 2004 presidential race.

"If someone uses the uniform, whatever uniform, for partisan politics, I am disappointed, because I think it does erode that bond of trust we have with the American people," General Dempsey told Fox News.

"Is their criticism valid? I won't comment on that," General Dempsey said onboard a C-17 military aircraft while returning from the Middle East. "Is it useful? No, it's not useful. It's not useful to me," he added.

General Dempsey said that as the steward of his profession, the military, he thinks it imperative that the military remains "apolitical."

"That's how we retain our bond of trust with the American people. People don't want us to be another special interest group. They don't want that. In fact, I think, it confuses them," Dempsey said.

The group of former CIA agents, Navy SEALs and other military members recently released a long-form political ad blasting President Obama for security leaks on his watch, as well as suggesting that he has taken too much credit for the SEALs raid in Pakistan that killed Usama bin Laden, the report said. (ANI)