The former top Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid has said he voted for Joe Biden 'because black lives matter and climate change is real'.
In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal published Monday Admiral William McRaven says he backs the Democrat, arguing 'the the world no longer looks up to America'.
Describing himself as 'pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, small-government, strong-defense and a national-anthem-standing conservative' McRaven did not mention Donald Trump by name but has been an outspoken critic of the president in the past.
He wrote: 'I also believe that black lives matter, that the Dreamers deserve a path to citizenship, that diversity and inclusion are essential to our national success, that education is the great equalizer, that climate change is real and that the First Amendment is the cornerstone of our democracy.
'Most important, I believe that America must lead in the world with courage, conviction and a sense of honor and humility.'
McRaven was head of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command in 2011 when a team of Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, in Pakistan.
He also led the 2009 rescue of Richard Phillips, a ship captain who was captured by Somali pirates and later portrayed by Tom Hanks in a movie.
The former top Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid has said he voted for Joe Biden 'because black lives matter and climate change is real'. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal William McRaven, left, says he backs the Democrat, right, arguing 'the the world no longer looks up to America'
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McRaven retired from the Navy in 2014 and led the University of Texas System until 2018.
His backing for Biden puts him in the same camp as a series of other retired four-star general officers.
The most prominent was General Colin Powell, the first black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff who was in charge of the Gulf War and then became George W. Bush's first secretary of state.
Others have included General Stanley McChrystal, who commanded allied forces in Afghanistan and had to resign in 2010 when a Rolling