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The Pentagon chief says he does NOT support deploying active-duty forces to quell civil unrest, breaking with President Donald Trump’s threats of a military crackdown.
Mark Esper said the option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as last resort and under dire situations. He said the U-S is still NOT in such circumstances. Esper’s comments immediately gave rise to speculation that Trump wanted him removed. However, White House press secretary later said Esper is in his post as of now. A U-S defense official also resigned over the crackdown on protesters in front of the White House. The U-S military had positioned 16-hundred active-duty forces on the outskirts of Washington to deploy if needed
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.