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Is the Deep State Publicly Threatening President Trump? All 10 Living Former Defense Secretaries Pen WaPo Op-Ed Warning Trump Not to Involve Military in Election Fight


Is the Deep State panicking about Trump’s persistent fight to expose 2020’s unprecedented voter fraud?

You have to wonder considering all 10 living former U.S. secretaries of defense co-signed a chilling Washington Post op-ed Sunday evening.

The op-ed included a dire warning that the time for questioning election results has passed and the military better not be involved.

It sure sounds like a threat.

According to Politico, the op-ed was the brainchild of a Bush 43 administration official who worked alongside Dick Cheney penning the statement.

Former Vice President Cheney is about as swampy as it gets.

I’d be shaky about anything with his name attached to it.

Here’s the complete list of names attached to the statement and the presidents they served under as Secretary of Defense:

Ashton Carter (Obama), Dick Cheney (Bush 41), William Cohen (Clinton), Mark Esper (Trump), Robert Gates (Bush 43 and Obama), Chuck Hagel (Obama), James Mattis (Trump), Leon Panetta (Obama), William Perry (Clinton) and Donald Rumsfeld (Ford and Bush 43).

Some of the shadiest Deep State figures to hold positions of power in our government the last few decades.

Their mainstream media allies wasted no time ratcheting up the fearmongering about the election fight:

From Politico:

The U.S. military must not become entangled in any election disputes in the coming days, all 10 living former Defense secretaries wrote in an op-ed published on Sunday.

“American elections and the peaceful transfers of power that result are hallmarks of our democracy,” they wrote in The Washington Post, adding that everyone in the American defense establishment must “refrain from any political actions that undermine the results of the election or hinder the success of the new team.”

The group of 10 includes one who later became vice president (Dick Cheney) and two who served as Pentagon chiefs under President Donald Trump (Jim Mattis and Mark Esper).

The group of 10 made it clear they had no sympathy for Trump’s attempts to overturn the election, by whatever means. “The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived,” they wrote.

The signatories served under Presidents Gerald R. Ford (Donald Rumsfeld), George H.W. Bush (Cheney), Bill Clinton (William Cohen, William Perry), George W. Bush (Rumsfeld again, Robert Gates), Barack Obama (Gates again, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel and Ashton Carter) and Trump.

The rare joint statement was precipitated by a Dec. 26 column by David Ignatius in The Washington Post that outlined a series of recent developments that have alarmed military officials who fear Trump’s hand-picked Pentagon leaders, including Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, could overstep the law to assist Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.

Eric Edelman, a former ambassador to Turkey and undersecretary of Defense for George W. Bush who endorsed Biden for president, said he organized the letter after talking to Cheney.

“I talk periodically to Cheney,” Edelman recalled in an interview Sunday. “This summer, when I was starting to get ready to help organize the national security Republicans who endorsed Biden, along with Sean O’Keefe, who was [Cheney’s] secretary of the Navy … I was talking to him about this on and off and expressing my concerns about Trump, much of which he shared.”

“When the David Ignatius piece came out,” Edelman continued, “that was alarming. It was not inconsistent with conversations I had with Esper after he resigned, in term of concerns about what might be going on with this clown car of people that they’ve got over there around Miller.

“When you are a former senior official, people you know are still there, you hear stuff,” he added. “I’d heard things that were eerily similar to what was in the Ignatius column.”

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Edelman wrote the first draft of the statement, and Eliot Cohen, an expert on civil-military relations and dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where Edelman teaches, made some revisions. Then it went to Cheney, who made some minor changes of his own.

The two Defense secretaries who served under Trump, Esper and Mattis, a retired general who is still subject to the uniformed code of military justice, needed some convincing.

“I think Jim Mattis had reservations,” Edelman explained. “He is very mindful that as a former general officer, he is still under the UCMJ and you shouldn’t be criticizing the president as a military officer. Some of the people who were talking to him about this I think ultimately persuaded him that he was not signing on as Jim Mattis, former general officer, but Jim Mattis, former secretary of Defense.”

As for Esper, who Trump fired in November and is sensitive to not being perceived as seeking revenge, “when he looked at the statement, I know he shares a lot of the concerns about what is going on in the Pentagon,” said Edelman. Esper concluded: “This is an exceptional circumstance.”

The fact that the Deep State is banding together and publicly warning the president should put all patriots on high alert.

They’ll stop at nothing to see the fraudulent election results certified and subvert the will of the people.


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