People may remember how in 1981 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat was killed, along with eleven others, by one of his own army officers while he was on a reviewing stand during a military parade. It appears that Trump has created such a terrible climate of hate among his cult members that the Pentagon has even considered the possibility that one or more members of the military called up for security duty at the inauguration may try to kill Joe Biden and they are trying to carefully vet them.
There are concerns that some of the very people assigned to protect the city could present a threat to the incoming president and other dignitaries, the Associated Press reported. Their names will be fed through an FBI database for any evidence of connections to investigations or terrorism or other red flags.
Ryan McCarthy, the army secretary, told the AP guard members were receiving training on how to identify potential insider threats, although no hard evidence had come to light.
At least two active-duty service members or national guard members have been arrested in connection with the Capitol assault. Video footage from inside the building suggests some rioters had military training and that there was a significant level of planning and coordination.
This is not such an outlandish possibility since it is reported that many former and current off-duty police and military service members were among those who invaded the Capitol building on January 6th.
Trump has really done a fine job of undermining the democratic traditions of this country. Ever since the election, we wondered whether he would invoke a military coup to stay in power. Now we have to worry about radicalized military personnel carrying out assassinations to avenge what they see as him being wrongfully denied a second term.
As an aside, the US government has criticized the elections last weekend in Uganda where current president Yoweri Museveni claims to have won a sixth term in the office he has occupied since 1986. The US State Department has issued a statement saying, “We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls.” [My italics-MS]
Statements like this from the US would carry more weight if the president of the US had not spent the last two months saying the US elections were the most fraudulent in history and made us the laughing stock of the world.
But nothing, absolutely nothing, ever stops the US from acting like it is the moral exemplar for the world and lecturing other countries on how they should behave. It is quite an impressive display of chutzpah, when you think about it.