American Forum - Straight Talk: An Obligation
Paul Van Riper
September 25, 2006 - December 13, 1901
Gen. Paul Van Riper, a retired United States Marine Corps general, discusses the ethics of speaking out, or remaining silent, as a senior officer who disagrees with civilian leadership. Retired in 1997, Van Riper is one of eight former generals who have called upon Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to retire or be relieved. His last active duty assignment was as Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.