Three retired generals: The Military Must PrepareNow for a 2024 Insurrection
from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: I have to admit that I thought we were beyond seeing anything like this from the military brass, with the rationale being that they would have stepped in sooner.
That said, the progress on the January 6 Committee has given them a solid basis where they see their intervention to stop the next coup should be, but which they thankfully lay out for us below. It seems it was a bridge too far for them to take without the recent public testimony.
One of the best lines that I never expected to hear from the conservative military general command was, “But the military cannot wait for elected officials to act.”
They are correct. The slowness we are witnessing with the endless legal delays in the courts, fake news media manipulation, and fundraising in the open for Insurrection support is a recipe for disaster. A slow defensive response favors the attacker. Any junior year West Point cadet can tell you that.
I have watched in disgust as virtually all the major vet organization have aided and abetted the coup plotters with sympathetic support, even if through inaction. This has surprised me, as military courts have a long tradition of court martials for ‘actions not taken that should have been’… Jim W. Dean ]
First published December 18, 2021
As we approach the first anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, we — all of us former senior military officials — are increasingly concerned about the aftermath of the 2024 presidential election and the potential for lethal chaos inside our military, which would put all Americans at severe risk.
In short: We are chilled to our bones at the thought of a coup succeeding next time.
The signs of potential turmoil in our armed forces are there. On Jan. 6, a disturbing number of veterans and active-duty members of the military took part in the attack on the Capitol. More than 1 in 10 of those charged in the attacks had a service record.
A group of 124 retired military officials, under the name “Flag Officers 4 America,” released a letter echoing Donald Trump’s false attacks on the legitimacy of our elections.
…Under such a scenario, it is not outlandish to say a military breakdown could lead to civil war.
…Trump’s acting defense secretary, Christopher C. Miller, testified that he deliberately withheld military protection of the Capitol before Jan. 6.
…With the country still as divided as ever, we must take steps to prepare for the worst.
…But the military cannot wait for elected officials to act. In addition, all military branches must undertake more intensive intelligence work at all installations. The goal should be to identify, isolate and remove potential mutineers.