“One of the things that marks us as a profession in a democracy is it's most important we remain apolitical. That's how we maintain our trust with the American people. The American people don't want us to become another special interest group. In fact, I think that confuses them.”

— Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explaining Wednesday why he thinks political-advocacy groups, like the one made up of former Navy SEALs, is a bad idea.

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