Trump Replaces War Secretary Esper
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
On Monday, Trump sacked former Raytheon lobbyist war secretary Mark Esper — via Twitter.
“I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller…Director of the National Counterterrorism Center…will be (acting war secretary), effective immediately,” he tweeted, adding:
“Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”
Like Esper, other US war secretaries, and most of Trump’s predecessors, DJT supported greater military spending, including plans to budget at least $1.2 trillion to upgrade the Pentagon’s nuclear arsenal.
Trump disagreements with Esper on some policy issues led to Monday’s announcement.
Perhaps replacing him stemmed from his opposition to deploying federal troops to suppress street protests by invoking the 1807 Insurrection Act.
It empowers a sitting US president to deploy Pentagon and/or federalized National Guard troops to put down insurrection or civil disorder.
It differs from the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, limiting federal power in its use of military forces to enforce domestic policies.
In opposing deployment of US troops to city streets, Esper earlier said should only be a “last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations,” adding”
“We are not in one of those situations now.”
Claims by anti-Trump media that Esper’s sacking and other war department changes by DJT are despotic are unfounded.
They’re part of establishment media war on him throughout his tenure.
If the Clintons, Obama, or likely incoming Biden/Harris regime made similar moves, they’d be reported without condemnation.
While there’s virtually nothing positive about Trump’s time in office, he’s no dictator.
No evidence suggests that policy moves are being made pre-January 20 to try keeping himself in office if litigation attempts to reverse Election 2020 theft in key swing states fails.
Notably, the only thing positive about Trump’s time in office was not launching new hot wars — continuing ones he inherited while waging them by other means on China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and other countries.
At the same time, he greatly increased drone strikes on Yemen, Afghanistan, AfPak border areas, Syria, Somalia, and elsewhere.
During strikes on so-called high-value targets, most often civilians were killed.
An earlier report by Stanford University’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic and New York University School of Law’s Global Justice Clinic (NYU-SU) titled “Living Under Drones” explained the toll, saying:
Drone strikes eliminated few so-called “high-value targets,” at most around 2% of individuals killed, adding:
“US drone strike policies cause considerable and under-accounted-for harm to the daily lives of ordinary civilians, beyond death and physical injury.”
“Their presence terrorizes men, women, and children” — besides countless numbers massacred.
Trump escalated war on whistleblowers, part of an increasingly bipartisan policy of silencing dissent.
Over the last 30 years, protecting individuals who report government misconduct under the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act has greatly eroded.
The deck is stacked against them, legal protection undermined.
The Obama regime prosecuted more whistleblowers and leakers involved in exposing US wrongdoing than all his predecessors combined, reportedly nine targeted individuals.
Trump escalated war on whistleblowers, notably against Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning — on phony charges of violating the long ago outdated 1917 Espionage Act.
Perhaps Trump’s replacement of Esper was over disagreements about US troop drawdowns from Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany and elsewhere.
Are more Trump regime sackings coming to install loyalists?
Last month, Trump said all US forces in Afghanistan should be home by Christmas.
Reportedly he wants hundreds of US forces in Somalia brought home.
In late August, a Trump regime official said US troops in Iraq are being reduced from 5,200 to 3,500.
Earlier, DJT made similar remarks about Syria, but things remained unchanged, Trump claiming US occupation is to control the country’s oil.
Grand theft of its oil has been going on throughout much of the war — earlier by US-supported ISIS, transporting it cross-border to Turkey for refining and sales.
Syrian President Assad accused Trump of stealing the country’s oil.
So did Assad’s political and media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, denouncing “American occupiers of our oil.”
Defying reality, Trump said we’re “keeping” Syrian oil for its people.
Iran’s chief international affairs advisor Ali Akbar Velayati called Trump “an international thief.”
Why are Trump regime foreign policy moves being made weeks ahead of a likely change of the guard in Washington?
If Biden/Harris take over on January 20, what’s most likely, they’ll reverse whatever policy differences they have with Trump — first by replacing his team with their own.
Trump’s new war secretary and other new appointees may have little time to settle into their posts before packing up to leave.
Personnel changes largely occur when a new US regime takes over from an outgoing one.
This time won’t be different. Likely or mostly all top Trump officials and other key ones will be replaced by Biden/Harris selections in the coming weeks.
Changes made now by Trump will be short-lived.
Yet under Republicans and Dems, core US foreign policy remains unchanged — notably all independent countries from free Washington’s control targeted for regime change.
Biden/Harris may prove more belligerent than Trump.
Since GHW Bush’s 1991 Gulf War aggression, every new incoming US regime launched new hot wars on nonbelligerent nations threatening no one.
Trump was the only exception. That may change if Biden/Harris replace him in January.
At the same time throughout the post-WW II period, the aim of US policymakers has been and continues to be seeking dominance over other nations by whatever it takes to achieve their objectives.
That policy will remain unchanged ahead no matter which wing of the US one-party state runs things.
Trump largely differs from Dems in style and party label.
The domestic and foreign policies of Republicans and Dems are largely the same.
Whether Trump or Biden/Harris control the US executive branch ahead, unchanged continuity of government will remain hard-wired in place.
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