The Pentagon Lied and People Died

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Remember back during Barack Obama’s second term when republicans chanted, “ ” after the Benghazi, Libya embassy attack?

That little rhyme was the product of of congressional hearings that cost American taxpayers , only to conclude then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong in what Rep. Elijah Cummings called a “ ”.

Fast forward ten years.

In a 36-page memo released to , former D.C. National Guard official, Col. Earl Matthews, accuses U.S. Army deputy chief of staff for operations Gen. Charles Flynn (brother of disgraced former Trump National Security Adviser ) and director of Army staff Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt of being to Congress in their rendition of the attack on the Capitol intending to violently of certifying .

On that day Matthews was attorney to Maj. Gen. William Walker, then the D.C. National Guard’s .

At 2:30 p.m. then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund on a conference call with senior military, including Walker, Matthews, Flynn, Piatt, and law enforcement officials for immediate national guard deployment to the Capitol, claiming rioters had infiltrated its perimeter.

Matthews’s memo :

“Every leader in the D.C. Guard wanted to respond and knew they could respond to the riot at the seat of government.”

But instead of responding to the chief’s plea, LTG Piatt stated that it would not be his best military advice to recommend to the Secretary of the Army that the D.C. National Guard be allowed to deploy to the Capitol at that time,” Matthews , adding:

“LTGs Piatt and Flynn stated that the optics of having uniformed military personnel deployed to the U.S. Capitol would not be good.”

Instead, Matthews recalls, Piatt and Flynn suggested duties to enable officers to respond to the Capitol.

At 2:37 p.m., Piatt and Flynn

Flynn reiterated the recommendation four minutes later “until the request has been routed” to then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and then-acting Defense Secretary .

Matthews’ memo states those on the call — except Flynn and Piatt — were “ “.

But this isn’t the account Piatt and Flynn told Congress.

In response to House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney’s inquiry about whether Piatt advised anyone in the National Guard’s chain of command to delay deployment to the Capitol, :

“At no point on January 6 did I tell anyone that the D.C. National Guard should not deploy directly to the Capitol.”

Flynn he “never expressed a concern about the visuals, image, or public perception of” sending guardsmen to the Capitol, :

“[A] team of over 40 officers and non-commissioned officers immediately worked to recall the 154 D.C. National Guard personnel from their current missions, reorganize them, re-equip them, and begin to redeploy them to the Capitol.”

Both generals asserted the National Guard to respond.

Matthews’s memo documents this as “ ,” “ ,” and calls the Army’s written account about the attack “ .”

Of Flynn’s statement, Matthews :

“If it does not constitute the willful and deliberate misleading of Congress, then nothing does. Flynn was referring to 154 D.C. Guardsmen who were already on duty, were trained in civil disturbance response, already had area familiarization with Washington, DC, were properly kitted and were delayed only because of inaction and inertia at the Pentagon.”

Every D.C. Guard leader was , Matthews writes, explaining that , a statutory mission of the D.C. National Guard.”

A Jan. 4 from former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller lists very restrictive requirements for D.C. National Guard should they obtain “personal authorization” to be deployed to the scene, which they eventually were much too late.

The day Capitol police were aware of a “strong potential” for violence against Congress, Miller released the :

Trump loyalists all over the country had been planning insurrections for months, acting on Trump’s either he win or the election is rigged.

Police agencies all were .

There was even some in D.C. .

Two days before the Jan. 6 melee, The Hill ran the headline “

Back in June, the Transition Integrity Project (TIP) helped organize a of Democratic and Republican officials to , for which every scenario resulted in “ .”

We now know in the week leading up to the insurrection that killed several people, including police officers, top Trump campaign fundraiser via text message about managing operations, logistics, budgeting, funding, and messaging for the Trump rally that culminated in violence.

was deputy to Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, at presidential fundraising committee Trump Victory.

Trump family members, administration officials, campaign advisers, “January 6” organizers, and at least one United States Senator .

According to attendee Republican Charles W. Herbster, then Trump administration , included the president’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric; former and disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and National Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator, Peter Navarro; 2016 Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski; 2016 Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie; Republican Attorneys General Association executive director Adam Piper; and newly elected Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville.

Also in attendance, , were Txtwire CEO , Rudy Giuliani, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and “MyPillow” CEO and Trump donor .

The Herbster’s presence at the gathering was for the purpose of “discuss[ing] how to pressure more members of Congress to object to the Electoral College results that made Joe Biden the winner.”

Another apparent conspirator is far right-wing radio show host .

The Hill reports he and Publix Super Market chain heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli worked together to donate $300,000.

Jones himself planned on donating $50,000 in seed money for a “

Far-right conspiracy theorist Ali Alexander worked with to , tweeting invitations to millions of Trump supporters.

The House committee investigating Jan. 6 is for several former Trump administration officials for ignoring congressional subpoenas, most recently former chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Former Trump adviser has also been for contempt and will be .

Originally published at on December 9, 2021.

Ted Millar is a teacher, poet, and political writer for Liberal America and the Left Place blog on Substack:

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