The dust from last week’s staff shake-up at the Pentagon may have settled, but security experts fear what might happen should a national security crisis happen while novice loyalists appointed by President Trump are in charge.
“I wouldn’t underestimate the damage that can be done in a short period of time,” Zack Cooper, a security analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, told the Washington Examiner. “This incoming team is going to find that they are overwhelmed just trying to keep their hands on the basic policy processes that are going on within the Pentagon, let alone try and execute some vision that they or the president might have over the next couple of months.”
Trump began the bloodletting by firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper last Monday. Esper had earned Trump’s ire by opposing his use of active-duty military to put down George Floyd protests in June.
Esper’s ouster was followed by several resignations and replacements, including two