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Late Pentagon Shakeup Concerns Trump Opponents

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Aerial view of the Pentagon building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Sunday, 15 November 2020 01:53 PM

President Donald Trump's critics are fearing the worst with his Pentagon shakeups amid the contested presidential election, but the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Mark Cancian says pump the breaks on the runaway roller coaster.

"All this speculation about, 'Is Trump going to do something with the Insurrection Act, is he going to invade some country?' No," Cancian told The Hill.

"It's not impossible that he would try some precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to Cancian, but the military can obstruct and "could slow roll him" to run out the clock for a potential Biden administration.

"Transitions of power are delicate in any country and hostile nations have often seen transitions as a good time to take a risk to further their own advantage," a former Trump transition official told The Hill. "Decapitating the civilian leadership of the most powerful military on earth at its most vulnerable hour is inviting a crisis that could well get people killed."

Defense Secretary Mark Esper was fired last Monday and was replaced by Christopher Miller, a move that spooked Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., for its "vindictiveness."

"Whatever the reason, casting aside a Secretary of Defense during the volatile days of transition seems to neglect the President’s most important duty: to protect our national security," Slotkin tweeted.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., also expressed fear for the elevation of retired Army Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata, who tweeted in 2018 former President Barack Obama was a "terrorist leader."

"Elevating Anthony Tata — who was too extreme to get a Senate hearing — to top policy maker at the Defense Department is profoundly destabilizing during this transition period," Blumenthal tweeted.

Count anti-interventionist libertarian Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for two thumbs up on the assignment for Col. Doug Macgregor to a role, tweeting:

"I am very pleased @realDonaldTrump asked my friend Col. Doug Macgregor to help quickly end the war in Afghanistan. This and other picks for Pentagon are about getting the right people who will finally help him stop our endless wars."

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