The US military is divided by serious political tensions. It could lead to an insurgency – even civil war – if the results of the 2024 presidential election were challenged by the growing Trumpian faction among the military.
In a letter to the Washington Post, three retired generals Paul Eaton, Antonio Taguba, and Steven Anderson warn Americans that the 2024 election risks dividing the chain of command along partisan lines.
The generals note the “disturbing number” of veterans and active-duty members of the military who participated in the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill. More than one in ten accused insurgents were soldiers. “The idea of rogue units organizing among themselves to support a Trumpian President and Commander-in-Chief cannot be ruled out,” they write.
Presidential 2024, an insurrection apprehended
Many are concerned that FOX News, a pro-Trump propaganda tool, is the most watched television network by the US military. The Pentagon is paying to broadcast Fox to its 800 bases around the world. The disinformation that the far-right channel spreads among the military undermines their resolve to defend democracy and the Constitution of the United States. The three generals would like the Pentagon to immediately organize training for soldiers on the Constitution and electoral integrity as well as on how to identify and deal with illegal orders. The Department of Defense should prepare with “war games” (simulations) on an insurgency or an attempted coup to identify its vulnerabilities and put in place “protective measures”. Nothing less ! The command should, according to them, also expedite internal intelligence operations to identify and eliminate potential mutineers among the soldiers. Because the factious soldiers are also getting organized. United in the “Flag Officers 4 America” movement, a group of 124 retired pro-Trump generals and admirals gave their support to the thesis of the 2020 election robbery, and also questioned the mental capacity of Joe Biden. to rule the country.
Pandemic and political chaos
I believed that in a serious political crisis like the one in the United States, military leaders might prove to be the only ones capable of averting disaster. It is no longer obvious. Imagine the situation after a contested election like the one coming up in 2024: competing presidents, a Democrat (Biden?) And his Republican opponent (Trump or an ersatz?) Giving contradictory orders to the Pentagon and appealing to the military. rank so that they come to his defense.
But the threat to American democracy is even more immediate. The Trumpians are pulling off a civilian coup. Across the United States, they pass laws to suppress voters and unfair electoral divisions, “gerrymandering” in the states they control. These shenanigans and tampering virtually guarantee a Republican victory in the 2022 midterm election as the Biden administration, unable to deliver on its election promises, sinks into pandemic and political chaos.