July 1, 2024
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    “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”

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    By Major General Paul E. Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.)

    And Tony Lentini

    Thirteen unequivocal words, simple and direct, such is the Honor Code of West Point’s Corps of Cadets. New cadets are instructed on the Honor Code and its nuances from the moment they enter the U.S. Military Academy, and it underpins every day they spend there and beyond throughout their military careers and lives. One of those nuances is “quibbling,” or using words or phrases intentionally to deceive. Quibbling is the same as lying. The penalty for those found guilty of an honor violation is expulsion. The reason for so harsh a penalty is simple: On the battlefield, lies can cost lives and cause missions to fail. Commanders must have trust in their subordinates, and they, in turn, must have faith in their leaders.

    For example, a company commander sends a small scouting party behind enemy lines to determine whether an attack is imminent. The patrol leader deems the mission too dangerous, so he goes out a few meters, lays low, and returns to report no enemy contact. Later that evening, the undetected enemy attacked and decimated the company.

    A real-life-and-death example occurred on Sept. 11, 2012, when four Special Forces troops in Tripoli, preparing to fly to the rescue nearly 40 Americans under attack at the U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, were ordered to stand down. High-level American officials, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, outright lied about the availability of assets, leading to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign.

    Service Officer Sean Smith and Navy SEALs Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.1

    This brings us back to West Point. Dempsey graduated from that institution in 1974, and the academy has faced severe criticism in recent years from The MacArthur Society of West Point Graduates, Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services (STARRS), Veterans for Fairness and Merit (VFM), and other veteran groups for degradation of the Honor Code and progressive indoctrination.

    In addition to the U.S. Corps of Cadets, West Point is home to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), endowed by individual graduates and the classes of 1966, 1971, 1977, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1998, and 2001.

    A Senior Fellow of the CTC is none other than Mark Morell, former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who authored and solicited signatories to the infamous letter signed by 51 active CIA contractors that falsely dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop story as having “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”2

    Note the wording: They knew it was a lie, so they quibbled by qualifying the statement with “all the classic earmarks of.” This massive deception was part of the rigging that helped swing the 2020 presidential election of that senile old man Joe Biden to the White House. Equally dishonorable was the fact that former high-level intelligence personnel, while still serving as CIA contractors, violated its charter by interfering in domestic affairs.

    Having a known liar in any leadership position at the United States Military Academy is antithetical to its mission in that it undermines the Honor Code, sets a horrible example for young cadets, tarnishes West Point’s reputation, and insults the Long, Gray Line of graduates, who have contributed so much to this nation.

    As cadets are dismissed for lying or quibbling, Morell must be ejected from the CTC. Immediately. His continued connection to West Point is an abomination.


    Paul E. Vallely is a retired U.S. Army foremost General and former senior military analyst for Fox News. A 1961 West Point graduate, he served in the Vietnam War and retired in 1991 as Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific. In 2004, with retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, he co-authored the book, “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror. He has served as military committee chairman for the Center for Security Policy and runs Stand Up America US. He is a founding and board member of The MacArthur Society of West Point Graduates.

    Tony Lentini is a 1971 West Point graduate who served in the U.S. Army for five years, attaining the rank of Captain. He then pursued a career in the energy industry, serving as Vice President of Public & International Affairs for two independent oil and gas companies. He is a founding and board member of The MacArthur Society of West Point Graduates.



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    Major General Paul Vallely (USA, Ret)

    Paul E. Vallely is a retired U.S. Army major general and senior military analyst. He served in the Vietnam War and retired in 1993 as deputy commanding general, Pacific Command. In 2004.
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    oliver gaudette

    Absolutely correct Sir !!!!

    Amy Williams

    Amen! God Bless the Honorable men and women who have to endure the lying, weak,
    pathetic TRAITORS that have infiltrated our Great American Institutions! I pray they can stay long enough to restore our Republic, including West Point🙏🏻❤️🇺🇸

    Mad Celt

    Who cares?


    Good articel


    I was unable to serve due my health. I did not know the Code and like many Americans I heard most of my news from the Media. I believed that they took their responsibility to report the news without any bias. Sadly over the last decade it has become abundantly clear that the media is lying. I am very concerned that the mainstream media is more interested in reporting their own opinions rather than being honest and trustworthy check for the People. Thankful for those who serve

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