(PresidentialInsider.com)- On January 3, 2021, ten former Defense Secretaries – including James Mattis – along with former VP Dick Cheney published an op-ed in the Washington Post claiming that President Trump might attempt to politicize the military in order to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power.
“As senior Defense Department leaders have noted,” the op-ed read, ‘there’s no role for the U.S. military in determining the outcome of a U.S. election.’”
“Efforts to involve the U.S. armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory. Civilian and military officials who direct or carry out such measures would be accountable, including potentially facing criminal penalties, for the grave consequences of their actions on our republic.”
This isn’t the first time “former officials” penned overwrought fearmongering op-eds against Donald Trump. It became something of a cottage industry even before Trump was elected President.
But this particular op-ed was the brainchild of embattled House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
In an interview with the New Yorker’s Susan Glasser, Eric Edelman — Cheney’s longtime friend and former national security advisor to VP Dick Cheney — admitted that it was Liz Cheney who orchestrated this op-ed.
“She was the one who generated it,” Edelman told Glasser, “because she was so worried about what Trump might do. It speaks to the degree that she was concerned about the threat to our democracy that Trump represented.”
Well, that’s one way to put it.
Ironically, it was not President Trump who turned DC into a militarized zone. It is not President Trump who has kept the National Guard deployed since. To date, Cheney hasn’t coordinated any op-eds to decry the ongoing militarization of the nation’s capital.
At the same time she was coordinating that op-ed, Cheney also sent out a 21-page memo to her Republican colleagues urging them not to challenge the certification of any of the State electors.
“Such objections set an exceptionally dangerous precedent,” Cheney’s memo read, “threatening to steal states’ explicit constitutional responsibility for choosing the President and bestowing it instead on Congress. This is directly at odds with the Constitution’s clear text and our core beliefs as Republicans.”
“Such objections” happened in 2016 as well. So it is unclear how it set “an exceptionally dangerous precedent.”
Cheney’s ultimate motives for undermining the President and siding with the Democrats are anybody’s guess. But what is clear is this level of backstabbing chicanery shouldn’t be coming from a someone in the Republican House Leadership.