President Donald Trump purged the Pentagon and Democrats find it highly disturbing. As part of “sweeping changes” the president cleaned house, starting with handing Defense Secretary Mark Esper a pink slip.
A purge at the Pentagon
The civilian leadership structure within the Defense Department is seeing a Machiavellian style purge in the wake of election chaos. Following Esper out the door were several of the Pentagon’s “most senior officials.” They also vocally opposed the President. Each one is being replaced with “perceived loyalists to the President.”
The “flurry of changes,” CNN reports, were revealed in a formal statement on Tuesday and they “put officials inside the Pentagon on edge and fueled a growing sense of alarm” over what will come next. At least four officials “have been fired or have resigned since Monday.” Besides Esper, his chief of staff was axed in the purge along with “the top officials overseeing policy and intelligence.”
Incoming officials are solidly behind President Donald Trump, including one who called Barack Obama “a terrorist.” When CNN called one of their leaky defense officials, they were told, “it appears we are done with the beheadings for now.” You can’t have a purge without slicing a few heads off. “This is scary, it’s very unsettling. These are dictator moves.” Conservative Americans are thrilled to hear it.
Replaced by counterterrorism expert
After the purge, Esper’s slot will be filled by Christopher Miller who served as director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Meanwhile, retired Brigadier General Anthony Tata took over for James Anderson who resigned Tuesday had been previously nominated as under secretary of defense for policy but didn’t get the job because he once claimed, “Obama was a ‘terrorist leader’ who did more to harm the US ‘and help Islamic countries than any president in history.'”
The liberals are terrified. “The top policy professional in the Department resigning the day after the Secretary of Defense was fired could mark the beginning of a process of gutting the DoD.” They say it “should alarm all Americans.” Not just the ones caught in the purge. They’re afraid that President Donald Trump will use “active duty forces under the Insurrection Act.”
Retired Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan is no longer under secretary of defense for intelligence. Kash Patel will serve as the chief of staff to Miller. Before the purge, he was well known for working closely with Representative Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee.