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2. Reminds of CJCOS Mark Milley who exceeded his official responsibilities
Fri Aug 4, 2023, 03:14 AM
Aug 2023

to warn all branches to watch for insurrection in their ranks and much more, including freezing all records for future investigation, calls to allies and adversaries that the government and military were stable. Which they turned out to be, in spite of the attempted coup d'etat by the sitting president.

But loyal top brass had plenty to worry about.

"Days after the election, Trump set off alarm bells by firing a number of top Pentagon officials, starting with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and installing loyalists on a temporary basis in the most critical national security jobs. In quick succession on Nov. 10, a day after Esper’s firing, top officials overseeing policy, intelligence and the defense secretary’s staff all resigned, replaced by political operatives who had trafficked in “deep state” conspiracy theories." ...

On Jan. 3, the national security team assembled to brief the president about Iran increasing the number of centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium. At the very end of the meeting, Milley remembers, Trump turned to acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller and asked him if he was “set” for Jan. 6. “You’re set for the 6th and all that and you got a plan and, you know, protect my people and all that. Right?” Milley said. “And I’m silent. I’m just listening and I’m like, hmm.” This struck Milley as “odd,” he said, because it was so out of place at the meeting. ...

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist predicted that the greatest threat that day would be “a direct assault on the Capitol,” Milley said. “I only remember it in hindsight because he was almost like clairvoyant,” Milley said. “He nailed it. He pegged that one. Incredible.” By contrast, then-national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the greatest threat would come from “Antifa and Black Lives Matter assaulting the protesters,” which struck Milley as interesting.

Interesting. Fraught times. So much to be grateful for.
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