Preventing an Insurrection by Useful Idiots – A Response to Three Generals


Edward L. Haugland

Guest Editorial

January 7, 2022

This is a response to the ineptness and an obvious case of what Lenin called “useful idiots” advancing disinformation in an ongoing Domestic Cognitive War. Despite nearly 100 years of service to our country, these flag officers demonstrated in spades the cognitive dissonance[1] of our generals and admirals. They have been politicalized from the Obama years and have supported kinetic, unnecessary wars.  Their opinion piece in the Washington Post on 17 December 2021 left me stunned. I purposefully waited to craft a response – as we see a false narrative driven by their kind grow across the lemmings of the left as they revisit, recraft, and reengineer the history of 6 Jan ’21.

Their opinion is why I believe it is likely necessary to fire 90% of the generals and admirals, as they remain stuck in the group think the industrial-age mindset that puts us on a course for only one solution – a massive kinetic war – as if we have not seen enough insanity over the last twenty-plus years of ineptness as they fought a kinetic war when the real war was and is always cognitive.

The below bullets reflect excerpts from their opinion piece[2] – Opinion | Retired generals: The military must prepare now for a 2024 insurrection – The Washington Post

Well, the old saying, everyone has an opinion like everyone has a rear-exit shoot, fits the opinions of these three brown star award winners. I will explain the brown star award a bit later.

  • Paul D. Eaton is a retired U.S. Army major general with 33 years of service.
  • Antonio M. Taguba is a retired Army major general, with 34 years of service.
  • Steven M. Anderson is a retired Army brigadier general with 31 years of service.

That is 98 years of service, and an appropriate pivot to what happened in the US slightly over one hundred years ago – the length of their combined service. In 1918 we saw the communist revolution and the rise of a set of tyrants that slaughtered several hundred million people since then. Concurrently, we saw a pandemic, the Spanish Flu.

Many parallels here – beginning with the useful idiots who in 1918 enabled the communists, bought into their utopian society and then taught our children for decades about the wonderful successes of the Communist Soviet Union – yup, and they never acknowledged the massive slaughter by Lenin, Stalin, or Mao. They still do not. Much like these three generals will not admit the truth about what is going on in our country, and the abuses occurring before our eyes.

We also found ourselves in a world war and a pandemic that devastated humanity. Today, we have seen another pandemic from the China Flu and a different type of world war – a #CognitiveWar. The dirty secret that our Intelligence Community and DoD generals have not noticed – much like they did not notice the China Flu pandemic (truly the greatest intelligence failure ever – but so far ignored, despite making 9-11 look like a minor war given 700,000 US deaths to date and millions worldwide).

The #CognitiveWar[3], in truth, never ended. But our so-called experts thought so post the Cold War. The #CognitiveWar – an ideological war, for absolute power – today is occurring as in 1918 both at a domestic level and internationally – with both China and Russia. Again, today, these three generals who actively participated in the last 20 years of insanity – fighting a kinetic war in Afghanistan and Iraq, thinking that playing whack a mole, with moles breeding faster than they could whack, would win what was always a cognitive war – an ideological war. Such thinking requires a paradigm change[4].

So, let us dissect what these useful idiots stated an article in the dying old paper the Washington Post.

  • First, they note “In short: We are chilled to our bones at the thought of a coup succeeding next time.”

While they refer to 6 Jan, I guess these three stooges slept through 2016-2020 as a false dossier paid for by an opposing candidate, along with the CIA, DNI, FBI, DOJ, and Congress were used to undermine and attempt a coup of a duly elected President by falsely claiming “Russian Collusion” while ignoring the outright collusion amongst the leaders of our national security apparatus – not to mention the many who perjured themselves, the dozen-plus FBI and DOJ senior executive who got fired or demoted, or the two false impeachments based on the lies.  So, they got “chilled to their bones” on 6 Jan, but not from a massive overreach of fraud, deceit, and abuse by hundreds of members of our IC and national security?

  • The signs of potential turmoil in our armed forces are there. On Jan. 6, a disturbing number of veterans and active-duty members of the military took part in the attack on the Capitol.

Really, with little to no proof of more than a handful of miscreants these so-called defenders of democracy use a broad brush to paint thousands of patriots as “attacking” the capitol. They are liars. But of course, their actions reflect those of Mussolini Milley and Autistic Austin who quickly prostrated themselves to the woke in calling for a full review to find the ‘extremists” in our military (meaning conservatives) while completely ignoring the massive destruction and ongoing violence and murder by those the democrats applauded, funded, and promoted – the Marxists, communists, BLM and Antifa fascists.

  • 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.

Not as bad as the breakdown of Mussolini Milley circumventing the chain by demanding military report to him on use of any nuclear codes while coddling the Chinese with a call about telling them he would warn them ahead of time is we were to attack – both done outside of the chain. And so we saw this leftist apologize for standing with President Trump as he tried to show resolve against massive unrest, anarchy, looting and arson (church burning next to the white house), and riots threatening the white house. Why Milley hasn’t resigned is the big question. He and Autistic Austin have in less than nine months driven perception of the military as most trusted to the lowest level of public trust in 60 years (since the last democrats fought another cognitive war thinking kinetics would win – called Vietnam).

  • All service members take an oath to protect the U.S. Constitution. But in a contested election, with loyalties split, some might follow orders from the rightful commander in chief, while others might follow the Trumpian loser.

Really, wow, so much trust in your fellow soldiers, sailors, and marines! To me, as supposed military leaders, this speaks to these gentlemen’s ineptness, lack of trust, and lack of belief in their own oaths. To me, this speaks to the mindset of why I resigned from the USAF in 1991 because their tone suggests they were more interested in chasing stars than demonstrating integrity. To such misguided goes my not so honorable award – the brown star award – as it speaks to kissing up to the backside to get ahead by being corrupt, complicit, compliant, or complacent vice showing integrity[5].

  • But the military cannot wait for elected officials to act. The Pentagon should immediately order a civics review for all members — uniformed and civilian — on the Constitution and electoral integrity. There must also be a review of the laws of war and how to identify and deal with illegal orders. And it must reinforce “unity of command” to make perfectly clear to every member of the Defense Department to whom they answer. No service member should say they did not understand whom to take orders from during a worst-case scenario.

Amazing! All I can really say here is ditto to the above. Where have these three stooges been their whole career, this is basic education 101 in the military and the only action they recommend that I agree with. But again, the above is common sense, drilled into service people daily, but apparently not during the brown star award winners’ tours. Upsetting is an understatement – but their bias and true intent are shown in their next recommendation.

  • …all military branches must undertake more intensive intelligence work at all installations. The goal should be to identify, isolate and remove potential mutineers; guard against efforts by propagandists who use misinformation to subvert the chain of command.

The essence to capture from this recommendation is two-fold. First, it speaks to ensuring a group thinks that is profoundly disturbing and akin to“suggesting” re-education camps and distribution of little red books (like Mao’s). Second, how in fact do they define a mutineer? Refer to groupthink? These three so-called men of integrity said absolutely nothing about a four-year coup against a conservative president – but suddenly found their manly pants vice mom jeans – and call for those who do not think like them to be isolated and removed. The Rocket Man, Xi, Putin and others must be smiling knowing they have such kindred spirits in the US armed forces. Only a few more indoctrination lessons on white rage – and we can all sing the praises of our next great leader! But I digress, let us go to their last “stellar” recommendation.

  • Finally, the Defense Department should war-game the next potential post-election insurrection or coup attempt to identify weak spots.

We did, it happened on 6 Jan, and the chain of command, the response, and others worked as it should have in a constitutional democracy – less the hyperbole and BS propaganda whores who ignored the facts. Remember, the Speaker of the House Pelosi ignored the Commander in Chiefs’ strong suggestion to the pre-deploy military to ensure no violence. She ignored the pleas from the Capitol Police. She and the media and the likes of these three stooges condemned Trump’s use of a few hundred militaries to stop the massive violence, looting arson, and assaults occurring in Washington D.C. But then, she deployed an armored division of 25,000 troops, barbed wire fencing, and tanks.

In closing, these three gents – thanks for their service in the military, where they should keep their focus – demonstrate if nothing else why we need to overhaul our DoD and get away from the 1% as if these are the type of leaders who’ve educated and lead our men and women – then we see a blatant lack of trust in their efforts by them, a true lack of understanding of the political atmosphere, and too strong a willingness to become part of the lemmings of the left – or useful idiots – vice acting with integrity.

That’s my opinion piece in rebuttal. The key point to understand is that these three, like Pelosi and the democrats, want to focus on a small set of miscreants, as we watch them avoid addressing two-plus years of anarchy, mass murder, looting, assaults that they continue to applaud, support and push via defunding our policy, weaponizing our DOJ and FBI, and then holding propaganda sessions with their biased media lemmings.

The old saying duty, honor, country still means something. Obviously, these three forgot what that means, what they learned, or what they should have been teaching.

This article reflects my opinion – respectfully.

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