WASHINGTON: The US would face a civil military crisis if Republican Donald Trump is elected president, a decorated retired American general warned today. General John (rtd) Allen said there would be mass unrest among the military rank and file over the policies that he would implement and pursue.
"I think we would be facing a civil military crisis, the like of which we’ve not seen in this country before," he said. Allen, who served as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, was a featured vspeaker at the Democratic National Convention. Later, Trump has called him a failed general.
In response, Allen said, "He(Trump) has no credibility to criticise me or my record or anything that I have done. If he had spent a minute in the deserts of Afghanistan or in the deserts of Iraq, I might listen to what he has to say.
"He (Trump) has got no credibility. In that regard, there has been progress with respect to the war against ISIS. We knew it was going to be a tough fight. But I don't have to justify myself to him," Allen said.
"What we do have to do is listen to what he's been saying about our military. He's called it a disaster. He says our military can't win anymore. That's a direct insult to every single man and woman who's wearing the uniform today," he said.
"He's talked about needing to torture. He's talked about needing to murder the families of alleged terrorists. He's talked about carpet-bombing ISIL. Who do you think is going to carpet-bombed when all that occurs? It's going to be innocent families," Allen said.