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Tue Jun 15, 2021, 09:02 PM

Generals cast military response to Capitol riot as an 'unforeseen' change in mission



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In congressional hearing, Army generals cast military response to Capitol riot as an ‘unforeseen’ change in mission

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Generals cast military response to Capitol riot as an ‘unforeseen’ change in mission
Gen. Charles Flynn said he was “shocked and outraged” by the violence that overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
washingtonpost.com
5:57 PM · Jun 15, 2021


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/generals-cast-military-response-to-capitol-riot-as-an-unforeseen-change-in-mission/2021/06/15/5201dcbe-ce0a-11eb-a7f1-52b8870bef7c_story.html

Army generals involved in the maligned federal response to the attack on the Capitol cast the violence on Tuesday as a chaotic event requiring an “unforeseen” change in their mission that came only after they received a panicked request for National Guard support.

Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt told the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that Army officials “all immediately understood the gravity of the situation” after receiving a request in a conference call for “urgent and immediate support” at the Capitol, but that they still needed to develop a plan.

Officials on the other end of the phone accused Piatt of denying their requests, he recalled, but he did not have the authority to approve them.

“I communicated this on the conference call, but those on the line were convinced that I was denying their request, despite [me] clearly stating three times that, ‘We are not denying your requests. We need to prepare a plan for when the secretary of the Army gains approval,’ ” Piatt said, referring to former Army secretary Ryan McCarthy.

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Reply Generals cast military response to Capitol riot as an 'unforeseen' change in mission (Original post)
Nevilledog Jun 15 OP
catrose Jun 15 #1
Baitball Blogger Jun 15 #2
Nevilledog Jun 15 #3
pdxflyboy Jun 15 #4
SergeStorms Jun 15 #5
tanyev Jun 15 #8
elleng Jun 15 #6
onecaliberal Jun 15 #7
madamesilverspurs Jun 15 #9
bottomofthehill Jun 16 #10
bottomofthehill Jun 16 #11

Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 09:06 PM

1. It's not like they were just hired. I thought they did training, simulations, war games & what-ifs.

They seriously had no idea what to do? Especially after all the advance notice?

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 09:06 PM

2. Well, I guess my conservative and progressive female friends on Facebooks are far

more intelligent than military generals, because they foresaw the insurrection. Virtually, no one was surprised. My progressive friend was following them on Parler, and even knew that the strategy was to blame antifa.

I just want to know why we don't fire people that fuck up so badly. Didn't we use to do that at one time?

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 09:08 PM

3. Seems so long ago.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 09:13 PM

4. I don't believe these generals. N/T

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Response to pdxflyboy (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 09:30 PM

5. Their response does seem disingenuous.

Here's the plan: get the goddamned National Guard to the Capitol.....stat!

Didn't take me long, did it, and I'm hardly a military genius.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 10:17 PM

8. I guess it takes a little longer when you first have to decide which side you're on.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 09:32 PM

6. 'We need to prepare a plan for when the secretary of the Army gains approval,' " Piatt said,

referring to former Army secretary Ryan McCarthy.'

Sounds reasonable to me (tho took too damn long ). plans to run a defense against insurrection @ U.S. Capitol weren't in anyone's book shelf (at the time; they probably are now. )

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 09:39 PM

7. I call bullshit. N /t

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 10:44 PM

9. Sounds like code

for 'cover your ass'.

The world wonders.


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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 12:26 AM

10. Here is the plan

Send the DC National Guard who are 20 blocks away to assist the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police department to restore order and quell the insurrection at the US Capitol.

there you go. took me about 8 seconds to come up with a plan

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Response to bottomofthehill (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 12:27 AM

11. and I am not even a smart guy General

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