Kevin Bae

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Pentagon restricted National Guard from responding on January 6th

Here’s a tidbit you might not see on the nightly news. Apparently Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller sent a letter to National Guard Commanding Gen. William Walker on January 5, 2021 that required him to seek approval before deploying troops to the capitol. The question is why?

Walker on Wednesday told lawmakers about a Jan. 5 letter from acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller that restricted his ability to deploy the Quick Reaction Force and seek approval from higher ups before moving his National Guard forces.

Walker said he could have gotten 150 troops to the Capitol in 20 minutes if he was not delayed by higher ranking officials at the Pentagon.

The Hill

To add insult to injury, when it was approved the message was delayed by a half hour. Again… why?

Though the Pentagon approved the request for National Guard assistance at 4:32 – hours after violence broke out at the Capitol, that information was not relayed to Walker for another half an hour.

“How is that possible,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked. “The person that had to be told wasn’t for more than a half an hour after the decision was made?… It’s a significant problem for the future.”

The Hill