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Trump’s Post-Election Pentagon Shakeup Ensured Trap Was Sprung for Patriots at the Capitol

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On November 9th, 2020, 6 days after the presidential election and less than 48 hours after the media declared Joe Biden the winner of that contest, Defense Secretary Mark Esper was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump and quickly replaced by Christopher C. Miller, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center and recognized for his work designating Iran, Hezbollah, and the fraught and controversial concept of American domestic “terrorism” as imminent threats to the United States. Miller promptly installed several loyalists to work directly under him in his new role at the Pentagon, including General Douglas MacGregor, General Anthony Tata, former Trump National Security Advisor, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, and former aide to Devin Nunes, Kash Patel.

From the Hill on November 16th, 2020:

We may never be certain what motivated Trump to launch his assault on the Pentagon. It was widely known that Esper was skating on thin ice ever since he intimated that he regretted having participated in Trump’s theatrical crossing of Lafayette Square during June street protests and his refusal to deploy active-duty military in the District.

We know now.

On January 6th, 2021, tens of thousands of patriotic Americans were called to attend a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. by the president and his massive apparatus of elected office holders, donors, promoters, pundits, and grifters. Planned for weeks, the rally was intended to protest the official certification of the 2020 election results, in a last-ditch attempt to “Stop the Steal” while lending a voice of support to members of the House and Senate who had tepidly raised objections on behalf of the president.

President Trump, his son Donald Trump, Jr., his attorney Rudy Giuliani, and others took the stage of the rally to whip the crowd into a frenzy for their legally-sanctioned march to the U.S. Capitol at the other end of the National Mall. By now, we are all aware of what followed: The crowd marched to the base of the Capitol at the Capitol Reflecting Pool and were met with a skeleton crew of U.S. Capitol Police. There was initial resistance from Capitol Police, but ultimately, barricades and doors to the building itself were opened by the police themselves.

First the barricades:

Then the Capitol itself:

These are just two videos, but they highlight both the profound lack of security on the Capitol grounds and the ease with which rally goers were able to enter the Capitol. And why shouldn’t they? In a sane nation, this event would be no more noteworthy than walking into a U.S. Post Office to mail a letter, as the U.S. Capitol Building belongs to The People, and those serving in it do so at the pleasure of all American citizens. Period. However, in the abjectly immoral and corrupt country into which the United States has devolved, what should be considered an act of patriotism of the highest order is now classified as sedition, treason, and domestic terrorism.

The before and after January 6th audio of Trump and his associates in this montage that aired on FTN 372 underscores the buffoonish nature of this contradiction in terms:

Before:

“We have to fight much harder.”

“Let’s have trial by combat.”

“I’ll be there with you.”

After:

“Heinous attack on the United States Capitol.”

“I’m outraged by the lawlessness and mayhem.”

“Expel the intruders.”

“You will pay.”

While we don’t yet know all of the details behind why D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser felt a skeleton crew of U.S. Capitol Police and no other assistance from federal agencies, law enforcement, or National Guard was required, it should strike most as odd that when tens of thousands of Trump’s mostly White supporters planned to converge on the National Mall for weeks there was virtually no security presence. Capitol Police are essentially the TSA of Capitol Hill mostly policing whether or not someone is wearing a badge. They seldom train and most would fail a fitness test, let alone deal with crowd control. One might argue that no security was really needed for the January 6th rally, and I would agree, in theory, but such fantasies do not apply to the situation as the ruling class sees it.

Contrast the January 6th non-deployment with the violent Black rioting over the summer in which all of those groups were deployed under Defense Secretary Mark Esper, including unmarked federal law enforcement groups that most had never seen before (though they did nothing to stem the violence and destruction). Given the decades, and especially the past 4 years, of rhetoric used by media, pundits, and politicians against Whites as violent terrorists and thugs(!) vs. Blacks and other non-white groups neatly framed as peaceful protestors rightfully and lawfully demanding justice for alleged injustice at the hands of Whites, one would think the forces deployed to the National Mall and U.S. Capitol on – January 6th while Congress was in session – would have out shadowed the show of force this summer by several orders of magnitude, simply because the January 6th rally goers were overwhelmingly White. Yet the opposite was true.

The Pentagon Shot

Trump’s abrupt firing of Mark Esper and his staff less than a week after the election and 48 hours after Biden was declared the winner guaranteed that this would be the outcome for an event for which the planning was already underway. The initial reaction to Esper’s firing was that Trump was planning for increased hostilities with and potential violence directed at Iran, that for some inexplicable reason, could not have moved forward under Esper. While hostilities with Iran have been escalated by the U.S. to some degree, there have been no outbreaks of violence or outright war and it seems there was a far more pressing concern back home with a different set of “terrorists” who are said to pose a threat to Jewish supremacy in the U.S. and around the world.

From the Washington Post on January 6th:

The Pentagon scrambled to deploy more than a thousand National Guard forces to help protect the Capitol on Wednesday after they had remained on the sidelines during a limited early deployment while rioters stormed Congress.

The absence of authorized military personnel while chaos upended the certification of the presidential election was a stark contrast to the military’s role in protests for racial justice in June, when National Guard helicopters flew perilously low over crowds of demonstrators, front-line forces massed near the city, and Pentagon leaders were criticized for appearing to support President Trump’s heavy-handed response.

This time, Pentagon officials appeared determined to steer clear of the politically charged fray, acting in lockstep with city leaders as they outlined a small, minimally visible role for the D.C. National Guard, and none at all for active-duty military forces.

Ah, yes. This time, the Pentagon was so deeply concerned about the optics of being too “heavy-handed” against White people it wanted to demonstrate restraint. And my name is Clint Eastwood.

Contrary to virtually all other reporting, the decision to deploy the D.C. National Guard was up to acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, and he ultimately authorized the full deployment, after significant delay. Vice President Pence actually doesn’t have the power to make such a decision because he isn’t in the chain of command. Since D.C. is not a state, the D.C. National Guard answers to President Trump, who had delegated authority to command the Guard directly and solely to Miller.

From the Washington Post on January 7th:

Miller authored the memos issued Monday and Tuesday in response to a request from the D.C. mayor, in which the Pentagon prohibited the District’s guardsmen from receiving ammunition or riot gear, interacting with protesters unless necessary for self-defense, sharing equipment with local law enforcement, or using Guard surveillance and air assets without the defense secretary’s explicit sign-off, according to officials familiar with the orders.

The Capitol Police hadn’t requested help from the Guard ahead of Wednesday’s events. But early Wednesday afternoon, its chief made an urgent plea for backup from 200 troops during a call with top Pentagon and city officials, according to officials familiar with the call.

On the call, Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund was asked whether he wanted help from the National Guard. “There was a pause,” one of the D.C. officials said. And Sund said yes. “Then there was another pause, and an official from the [office of the] secretary of the Army said that wasn’t going to be possible.”

The Army official — who was speaking on behalf of the secretary of the Army, who was de facto commanding the D.C. Guard but was not on the call — said the “optics” of soldiers inside the Capitol building was not something they wanted.

Meanwhile, the central focus of the media and political class so far has been on the Capitol Police, some conservatives have fixated on proclaimed raging socalist liberal D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and the outgoing Capitol Police chief blamed House and Senate security officials for the mayhem. Recently-elected Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who is Jewish, set the narrative in Congress by placing responsibility on the Capitol Police and D.C. police for how the breakdown occurred and said she expected an after-action review. The blame game extends everywhere except Secretary of Defense Miller whose role is conveniently obfuscated by claims that Pence or Trump activated the guard long after the optics of American citizens “storming” the Capitol had been achieved.

One could attempt to argue that of course, these recently-installed Trump loyalists at the Pentagon refused to deploy the guard, outfit them with weapons, riot gear, and give them an extremely limited scope of duty because they were secretly on the side of the rally attendees! Yet one must ask the question: where are they now, as thousands of American citizens are deemed domestic terrorists (under classifications pioneered by Miller himself), traitors, and invaders, stripped of their jobs, civil rights, their freedom, and for some, their lives.

Connecting the Dots

We already know Miller is an expert on counterterrorism and served as a counterterrorism advisor on the United States National Security Council, where he was involved in operations against ISIS, largely a strawman terror group leveraged as an excuse for U.S. operations in the Middle East on behalf of Israel. As previously mentioned, Miller was involved in designating Iran, Hezbollah, and American domestic terrorism as threats to the United States. In 2020, he became deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism. On August 10, 2020, he became Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. In all of these instances, Miller had been promoted through the ranks by Trump. Miller, unlike the myriad of other purported Trump loyalists, was quickly confirmed as Secretary of Defense on a voice vote. Acting no more.

The officials installed in new positions directly under Miller were Kash Patel, a Trump loyalist and former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), former National Security Advisor General Douglas MacGregor, and General Anthony J. Tata, whose nomination to be undersecretary of defense for policy crumbled over the summer amid scrutiny over his tweets and remarks promoting calling former president Barack Obama a terrorist and an anti-semite.

General Anthony Tata

Anthony Tata has made 51 appearances on Fox weekday programs in recent years and in a 2019 op-ed, Tata claimed he had “recently spent a week with the Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza, Galilee, and the Golan Heights.” If true, this reveals the involvement of the U.S. government in Israeli mistaravim – undercover Israeli agents dressed as Palestinians to abduct, attack, and infiltrate groups of civilians, often during protests against Israel’s military occupation.

Interacting with another Twitter user last year regarding the Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s boundary with Israel, Tata claimed that “These ‘rock throwers’ are brutal Hamas terrorists who would gladly slit your throat because you’re an American.” Tata can cite no such example of American civilian visitors to Gaza having their throats slit by Hamas members. Tata also regularly downplays the deaths of Palestinian children at the hands of Israelis along the boundary during these protests. Tata is now in the Pentagon as undersecretary for defense policy under Miller.

Ezra Cohen-Watnick

34-year-old Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who is Jewish, most recently served as the acting assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. He first joined the Trump administration as a National Security Council director under former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Cohen-Watnick was introduced to Flynn by central neoconservative operatives Michael and Barbara Ledeen, who are both Jewish. Cohen-Watnick served under Flynn at DIA long before Trump had even announced he was running for POTUS.

Under Trump, Cohen-Watnick was National Security adviser to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former National Security Council and was later accused of leaking information to Devin Nunes and suspected of working on behalf of Israel. He was then fired by H.R. McMaster which triggered a backlash from Breitbart and Infowars. The firing was overruled by Trump after Bannon lobbied Trump for Cohen-Watnick to be rehired. Then McMaster was fired after a major PR campaign led by Caroline Glick, who is an Israeli Jew, Roger Stone, Mike Cernovich, and others. Roger Stone broke the story on Infowars that he claims he received from Israeli intelligence that H.R. McMaster was in daily contact with George Soros. Classic Finkelthink.

President of the Zionist Organization of America, Morty Klein, who is, of course, Jewish, issued a statement in response to McMaster purging Cohen-Watnick, calling for McMaster to be fired. Many consider Cohen-Watnick to be the central figure and main author of the QAnon intelligence psyop, which was originally promoted by Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi at the time, pointing to Cohen-Watnick as the person “inside the DOJ who understands the plot to kill the deep state.”

Ezra Cohen-Watnick (left), Michael Flynn (right), and Trump (center).

Cohen-Watnick was then hired by Oracle’s Safra Catz, who is Jewish, after being fired by McMaster. Catz then personally financed Devin Nunes’ campaign weeks after Cohen-Watnick joined Oracle while the #ReleaseTheMemo narrative was playing out. That was until Watnick was pulled back into official government service as undersecretary of defense for intelligence, under Miller.

General Douglas MacGregor

General Douglas MacGregor strongly supported the Iraq war, has been a regular guest on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program (including on 11/11, two days after Miller was appointed, to get Tucker apologists hyped about troop withdrawal and defending White people!), and was on a short-list to replace John Bolton as National Security Advisor. MacGregor has authored several books, one of which has become required reading for the IDF. MacGregor has been invited to Israel to speak to the IDF senior command, and out of loyalty to the Israelis, never accepts any payment for his speeches and consultations.

From the Jerusalem Post:

We are Israelis citizens with no intention to interfere in the process of appointing a foreign ambassador. However, we are committed to the truth, and we know Col. MacGregor as a philo-Semite and a friend of the Jewish state. Each of us has professionally interacted with MacGregor, and some of us were close to him personally. There are many other Israelis in academia, the military and government who also know him as a strong pro-Israel voice.

Macgregor’s first visit to Israel was in 1999, when he came on his own initiative while serving as director of the Joint Operations Center at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). During that visit he established close relations with his Israeli counterparts. Since then he has visited Israel many times, participating in academic conferences and speaking to a variety of Israeli military audiences.

Macgregor believes that Israel must have defensible borders; that the Golan Heights is vital to Israeli security; and that President Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem was long overdue. He supports direct US military intervention to assist Israel in time of need. He has warned of Iranian and Turkish hegemony and ambitions to take control of the region.

Woah. Based.

Gen. MacGregor with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other IDF senior command in early 2020.

It just keeps getting better and better:

Some of Macgregor’s statements are considered controversial by American standards of political correctness, although some of them seem to have been pulled out of context. But nothing justifies the attempt to label MacGregor an antisemite or anti-Israeli.

When a friend and longtime supporter is wrongfully accused, we have a moral obligation step forward and voice our opinion in his defense.

Pressing Forward

Here is the summarized timeline of what we know so far:

  • Trump abruptly fires Mark Esper and replaces him with counter and domestic terrorism expert Christopher C. Miller, who installs a cadre of military and counterterrorism strategists with deep ties to Israel and whose experience includes being required reading for the IDF, framing Palestinians for terrorism against Israelis, and involvement in the Q Anon intelligence psyop. Thus, a tiger team of experts in the fields of domestic terror (Miller), military strategy (MacGregor), gay ops (Tata), and psyops (Watnick) had been quickly formed in the wake of Trump’s election loss.
  • The rally on the National Mall had been planned for weeks, with Trump first announcing it on Twitter on December 18th.
  • Trump, Don Jr., and Giuliani used a rally on the mall, in conjunction with an endless parade of plan-trusts from Q Anon, and along with Trump supporters in Congress, pundits, and grifters, to whip up rally goers into a march on the Capitol that they themselves said they would lead, but instead returned to the White House to watch the events unfold on TV.
  • Capitol security was inexplicably limited to a skeleton crew of Capitol Police officers and no other law enforcement or military. No additional backup was requested in the weeks leading up to the event.
  • On the day of the rally, Capitol Police mounted some resistance, but ultimately opened barricades and doors giving the implied consent for entry.
  • There was no ANTIFA presence or any other “left-wing” activist groups to engage the protestors at the rally.
  • When backup was requested after the “breach” of the Capitol had already occurred, it was initially denied by Christopher C. Miller who sat atop the chain of command, with authority delegated to Miller by Trump, that directly controlled deployment of the D.C. National Guard.
  • Miller also prohibited the District’s guardsmen from receiving ammunition or riot gear, interacting with protesters unless necessary for self-defense, sharing equipment with local law enforcement, or using Guard surveillance and air assets without the defense secretary’s explicit sign-off.
  • Blame has landed on the Capitol Police, House and Senate security, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and just about everywhere else except the Pentagon.
  • Who ultimately made the call to deploy the National Guard was intentionally obfuscated in the hours after the event, the chain of command was seldom mentioned as it clearly fell to Secretary of Defense Miller.

What we don’t know yet:

  • Why D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser only deployed a skeleton crew of Capitol Police and made no requests for backup.
  • Why Capitol Police opened barricades and doors of the Capitol and if there was an order given to stand down.

So far, it seems abundantly clear that Trump’s supporters were “set up” for the unprecedented totalitarian crackdown currently unfolding at a pace no one could have predicted. Based on a preponderance of the evidence, it is not possible to conclude anything else. The only matter up for debate at this point is the degree of complicity of those involved in leading tens of thousands of patriotic American citizens to lose their freedom – possibly forever – and in some cases, their lives.

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