Call it Part 28 of a an ongoing series.
America is facing a domestic insurrection and threats from abroad. Meanwhile the Secretary of Defense is obsessed with virtue signaling, setting up diversity commissions for the military, shutting down efforts to use the military to protect key federal infrastructure, and now interfering with domestic law enforcement.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has raised concerns within the administration about federal agents patrolling the streets of U.S. cities in camouflage uniforms similar to those worn by troops in war zones, his spokesperson said Tuesday.
After nationwide protests over racial injustice and police violence erupted in June, Esper expressed concern that in some cases, federal law enforcement officers were being confused with troops because of their similar uniforms, said Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesperson. Esper urged efforts to more clearly distinguish between the two, Hoffman said.
Esper may be looking to have a conversation with Attorney General William Barr, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and their teams about the issue in the near future, Hoffman said, but did not specify a timeline.
This is not Esper’s lane. This is the DHS lane. If Esper didn’t want law enforcement personnel to wear anything that might make them like the military, he had plenty of time to raise his concerns beforehand. He’s doing it now to specifically show disapproval of efforts by Barr and Wolf to protect federal institutions from the violent mobs whom Esper has made it clear he supports.
Esper’s allegiance isn’t to American citizens, who want their country defended, or to President Trump, the man they elected to run the government, but to the media. And as long as Esper is wrongly occupying his office, he’s maintaining the old defunct Obama policies, focusing on leftist identity politics, instead of fulfilling his responsibilities. Now more than ever, he needs to go.