There are plenty of Americans out there concerned over just what is coming next in this political saga we’ve found ourselves in, and those who are sworn to keep us safe are busy contemplating some grim possibilities.
President Trump has but a week left in office, but political leaders on both sides of the aisle are concerned that his behavior could worsen in the days ahead. This has led to talk of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, pushing for him to resign, and what appears to be a sure bet on a second impeachment.
But, way in the back of our minds where we hide the deep fears, there are some of us concerned about the possibility that things could take a turn toward the ridiculous, and Trump could attempt some last ditch military coup.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff put an end to that conversation on Tuesday.
In an extraordinary letter Tuesday to the U.S. military, the nation’s top commanders condemned last week’s acts of “sedition and insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol, while acknowledging Joe Biden’s election victory.
The message did not mention President Donald Trump by name, but the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led by U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, made it clear that the military intends to stand by the constitutional transfer of power to the next administration.
“As we have done throughout our history, the U.S. military will obey lawful orders from civilian leadership, support civilian authorities to protect lives and property, ensure public safety in accordance with the law, and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” wrote the nation’s highest military officers.
The statement was an extraordinary and unique communique from a group that known for their stoic, nearly silent guardianship, and the Joint Chiefs appear to loathe making these sorts of statements.
Which is precisely this particular statement is so very newsworthy.