Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Vox Popoli: A rapid-fire series of departures

Ask yourself this: are they celebrating or are they afraid?


Some might even say that a storm is coming, given the amount of fears that have begun to swirl:

The firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper kicked off a rapid-fire series of high-level departures at the Pentagon on Tuesday, setting off alarms on Capitol Hill that the White House was installing loyalists to carry out President Donald Trump’s wishes during an already tense transition.

In quick succession, top officials overseeing policy, intelligence and the defense secretary’s staff all had resigned by the end of the day Tuesday, replaced by political operatives who are fiercely loyal to Trump and have trafficked in “deep state” conspiracy theories.

Fears continue to swirl over what these newly installed leaders will do as Trump fights the results of last week’s election, and after he has shown he is willing to use troops to solve political problems.

In fact, some have already said it: 

"This storm is getting crazy right? It's out of a lot of people's control. And so the reason they called me in is to try to harness that storm, try to reel it back in before it gets really crazy... because we have senators involved. We have the Department of Justice involved..."

- Russell Strasser, USPS Office of IG

Ask yourself this: are they celebrating or are they afraid?