We missed this Washington Post op-ed when it came out, but it seems to have preceded Newsweek’s warning that millions of angry, armed Americans stand ready to seize power if Donald Trump loses in 2024 (assuming he runs at all). The Washington Post has three retired generals who are warning that the military must prepare now for a 2024 insurrection.

What exactly is the military to do? As Twitchy has reported, the Pentagon has issued new rules to curb the “rise in extremism” among the troops, noting that some active military and veterans participated in the storming of the Capitol on January 6 (although the Pentagon reports that “fewer than 100 military members are known to have been involved in substantiated cases of extremist activity in the past year”).

Paul D. Eaton, Antonio M. Taguba, and Steven M. Anderson are concerned that “the potential for a military breakdown mirroring societal or political breakdown is very real.” As evidence, they offer that “the commanding general of the Oklahoma National Guard … refused an order from President Biden mandating that all National Guard members be vaccinated against the coronavirus,” deferring instead to the state governor. They write:

As we approach the first anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, we — all of us former senior military officials — are increasingly concerned about the aftermath of the 2024 presidential election and the potential for lethal chaos inside our military, which would put all Americans at severe risk.

In short: We are chilled to our bones at the thought of a coup succeeding next time.

The potential for a total breakdown of the chain of command along partisan lines — from the top of the chain to squad level — is significant should another insurrection occur. The idea of rogue units organizing among themselves to support the “rightful” commander in chief cannot be dismissed.

We wouldn’t call what happened on January 6 an insurrection, and it was deadly — for Ashley Babbitt.

Here’s Glenn Greenwald:

We’d be happy never to hear the word “Trumpian” again.

The military is already putting service members through anti-extremism training to root out any possible domestic terrorists. This effort isn’t new, and it probably isn’t needed.

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