The president of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, general Mark Milley, has assured that the Army has sworn to defend “the Constitution” and not “a dictator”, in his first statements after the cascade of resignations this week in the Pentagon.
#CNN CJCS Gen. Mark Milley. We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. No, we do not take an oath to a country….We take an oath to the Constitution.https://t.co/xwKMaizIJr pic.twitter.com/qXguwDNRYs
– Jaro Giesbrecht (@JaroGiesbrecht) November 13, 2020
One day after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, make effective the cessation of Mark Esper As Secretary of Defense, several senior Pentagon officials presented their resignation on Thursday, including Undersecretary of Defense James Anderson.
Along with Anderson, the chief intelligence official, Joseph Kernan, and Esper’s chief of staff, Jen Stewart, a day after Trump replaced Esper with Christopher Miller, who until then served as director of the National Antiterrorist Center.
Defense of the Constitution
“We are unique among armies. We have not sworn to defend a king or queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We have not sworn to defend an individual. We have not sworn to defend a country, to a tribe or a religion. We have sworn to defend the Constitution, “said Milley, accompanied precisely by Esper’s successor, during the inauguration this Thursday of an Army museum, according to CNN.
Before the election, General Milley expressed concern about Trump’s, until then, recent appointments to the Pentagon: political officials loyal to the president who came from the National Security Council of the White House with the aim of imposing the presidential agenda in the Defense Department.
Precisely these appointments, according to Pentagon sources to CNN, they forced the cessation of Esper, who disagreed with the president’s intention to accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan despite the secretary’s understanding that conditions on the ground were not the most favorable.
Recent appointments include two advisers to the new defense secretary and a controversial past: Douglas MacGregor, who once advocated for the use of deadly force to deter migrants of crossing the border illegally and Anthony Tata, who once called former President Barack Obama a terrorist leader.
In response to Milley’s statements, the new Secretary of Defense thanked his colleague’s words with a certain derision. “Thank you for setting the bar so high for the new kid. I think all I can say to your remarks is amen, and well done,” Miller said.