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National Guard in Washington D.C. are
told NOT to carry guns or ammunition by
Defense Secretary Mark Esper as he orders
all active-duty troops out of the capital

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Posted By: Ribicon, 6/5/2020 7:54:45 PM

The Pentagon has told Washington D.C.'s National Guard and guardsmen from other states who have are in the nation’s capital not to use guns or ammunition. The order came from Defense Secretary Mark Esper and made without consulting the White House, The Washington Post reported, and it's seen as a sign of de-escalation of the federal response to protests that sprung up in the wake of George Floyd's death.(Snip) The official said on condition of anonymity that Esper had made the decision and the troops would be heading back to Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York.



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Reply 1 - Posted by: MissGrits 6/5/2020 7:57:52 PM (No. 433887)
“You’re fired” might be the next words he hears! LOL
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Reply 2 - Posted by: scottj 6/5/2020 8:03:37 PM (No. 433891)
Esper is a deep state liberal. He was a defense lobbyist. He is now trying to undermine Trump. My guess is Trump will fire him within a week.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Proud Texan 6/5/2020 8:07:05 PM (No. 433896)
Is Esper making them wear a special round badge with smaller and smaller circles on it with a bullseye too? Maybe he should model one just to see if it is a good idea. He may like it. These idiot liberals are doing nothing but make matters a whole lot worse for now and especially in the future.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: fhancock 6/5/2020 8:07:46 PM (No. 433898)
Since this is the Daily Mail via the Washington Post they have little interest in accuracy or getting facts right...I assume the National Guard has a Quick Reaction Force for quick reinforcement..and if not needed send the active duty soldiers back home...for numerous reasons this should be a police and National Guard show
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man 6/5/2020 8:11:09 PM (No. 433907)
Looking forward to the next SecDef Ric Grennell
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Reply 6 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/5/2020 8:12:33 PM (No. 433913)
I keep wondering if they are trying to leave the President undefended so he may be assassinated. I keep being reminded of Benghazi. Mark Esper proves yet again the real backstabbers in Washington are the Republicans. Trump needs to fire this guy immediately.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 6/5/2020 8:12:52 PM (No. 433914)
Esper? Get outta here! You’re done!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 6/5/2020 8:19:50 PM (No. 433920)
Rainbows and puppies for everyone!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 6/5/2020 8:21:27 PM (No. 433922)
Seinfeld fans will remember when George was trying to get fried from the Yankees by dragging their Commissioner's Trophy around the parking lot behind his car. Seems like Esper is doing his adaptation.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: slsusnr 6/5/2020 8:22:38 PM (No. 433923)
I'm retired Navy. I actually agree with Esper. Clear out the National Guard. Let these cities stew in their own juices. It's about time the blue states experience some consequence for their mindless, thoughtless, leftist policies. I'm past caring. They should not receive a dime in any additional funding. BUT, having said that, Esper's gotta go, and the sooner the better. General Douglas MacArthur was fired by Harry Truman for his insubordination (it had to be done, and I'm a great admirer of the general.) As military members, our oath binds us to obey the orders of the President of the United States. Esper should do the honorable thing and tender his resignation. If he has any honor.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: BarryNo 6/5/2020 8:25:24 PM (No. 433928)
You disarmed our troops who are facing armed insurgents? Get the hell out here!! What a disappointment.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: EQKimball 6/5/2020 8:36:05 PM (No. 433935)
Can anybody here play baseball?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: spacer 6/5/2020 8:44:48 PM (No. 433945)
#12..thx Casey, we needed
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Penney 6/5/2020 8:48:27 PM (No. 433947)
Soooooo, why are they there? Is he setting them up as but defensless targets for the vicious mob?! ....Better send Esper down to a desk job in the basement.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/5/2020 8:57:20 PM (No. 433955)
I have to assume he thinks that spit-wads and straws will do...
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Reply 16 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 6/5/2020 8:58:14 PM (No. 433958)
If Esper did this without Trump's consent then he has to be fired. It almost seems as if Esper wants to be fired in an effort to become a martyr.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: LadyHen 6/5/2020 9:06:47 PM (No. 433965)
Let this be a lesson. GOP presidents should first thing pink slip every single solitary Democrat hire or appointee or shill or apologist or w/e DAY 1. No hold overs.. not a one.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 6/5/2020 9:06:52 PM (No. 433966)
Esper, sounds like you just cooked your own goose, sir. The President will think things over for a bit. Expect your termination in the near future.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: radrelic 6/5/2020 9:07:20 PM (No. 433967)
Can they at lest have Gerard Butler's phone number?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/5/2020 9:14:46 PM (No. 433973)
Re #12. Somebody tell me...Who's on first?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bona Fides 6/5/2020 9:20:01 PM (No. 433974)
Pussy. Obviously never served in the military.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Gordon Freeman 6/5/2020 9:30:18 PM (No. 433983)
Well? What about the Old Guard?
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Reply 23 - Posted by: agrunt 6/5/2020 9:40:01 PM (No. 433989)
Riot situations normally have troops with firearms and bayonets. There are designated marksmen with ammo. That person is normally under the control of an officer or senior NCO. I wonder as they are normal citizens of that state if they can conceal carry?
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Dipi 6/5/2020 9:50:21 PM (No. 434000)
Why the heck is Esper doing with unarmed national guard troops deployed in DC?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: padiva 6/5/2020 9:57:33 PM (No. 434006)
But can they stay for midnight basketball?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: hershey 6/5/2020 9:57:35 PM (No. 434007)
Time for Trump to dump that he an obammie holdover/????
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Reply 27 - Posted by: rochow 6/5/2020 10:03:42 PM (No. 434011)
Memo to Esper: you have not been elected. You serve at the pleasure of the President. Apparently you do not know the difference. Pack your garbage. Who the heck do you think you are?? You have been appointed, and now you are joining the ranks of Mattis another traitor. Neither one of you ever opened your mouth and complained when the Punk was in office who decimated the military and ripped it apart. As General/President Eisenhower wrote: beware of the military complex!!Esper is one of them to beware of!! I hope by next week he is gone!
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Reply 28 - Posted by: A.I. 6/5/2020 10:04:45 PM (No. 434013)
What message is Esper sending to the anarchists? That's not de-escalation. It will embolden Antifa and make a mockery of the National Guards.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Mushroom 6/5/2020 10:08:25 PM (No. 434017)
Not unarmed. No guns/ammo. I'm sure there are reinforcement teams that can be armed at a moment's notice, but this is atypical of a military management mindset. Send in troops, but lock up the weapons so no one starts an international incident, or in this case, a PR problem. I.E. Kent State:The Popular History version.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Mike22 6/5/2020 10:14:36 PM (No. 434020)
1986 West Point Grad, Engineering degree. First LT Esper was an assistant training and operations officer in what would become Task Force 3-187, the famed "Rakkasans," of the 101st Airborne Division. The mission was to block Highway 8 into Basra and "not let anything come down from Baghdad. - retired Col. G. Thomas Greco who recommended him for a bronze star. But apparently his brain was washed while he earned his Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a doctorate in Public Policy from George Washington University. Or in his lobbyist job. Or working for Bush. Or maybe we should be worried about our military academies. Who knows.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Truth Czar 6/5/2020 10:28:45 PM (No. 434028)
Time to fire the insubordinate cockroach.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Geoman 6/5/2020 10:37:09 PM (No. 434033)
The oldest Marine post in the US is in DC at 8th and I streets, SE. Although the duties of most Marines stationed there are ceremonial, each and every Marine is a riflemen first. I don't suppose Esper is closing the Marine Barracks, Ft. Belvoir, or Andrews but if the headline is to be taken seriously, the Pentagon should be vacated included, including the offices of the SECDEF and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: Rumblehog 6/5/2020 10:39:42 PM (No. 434035)
He's going against his boss... what follows will be a ritualistic firing.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: watashiyo 6/5/2020 10:56:31 PM (No. 434053)
What good are the National Guards w/o their weapons? Unless they are all trained in martial arts like Bruce Lee, capable of neutralizing their enemy with a one-inch punch. Anyway, Esper is not STUPID. His strategy is to produce as many injuries against the National Guards to change the public opinions for BLM, ANTIFA, and the Looters. He will lead from BEHIND and try to come out as a HERO. And the National Guards? Well they are a Dime a Dozen, but BLM, ANTIFA, and the Looters are the Pioneers, the ICONs of change, and HOPE.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: bighambone 6/5/2020 11:01:22 PM (No. 434056)
The Brit. Liberal rag known as the Daily Mail is claiming that Mark Esper did all that by himself without getting a wink and a nod from President Trump who is the Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces. How do they know that? If true, Esper’s move could be dangerous, as the “peaceful” protestors and rioters are planning to have a million person demonstration in DC this weekend. By telling the “peaceful” protestors and rioters that the National Guard will be unarmed could serve as an encouragement to the “peaceful” protestors to try to burn and loot Federal property, along with trying to breach the White House perimeter fence and get into the White House. If that happened it would boomerang on Esper and make him look like an idiot. After the weekend we will know what happened!
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Reply 36 - Posted by: pensom2 6/5/2020 11:29:23 PM (No. 434075)
If there's one office in Washington where you don't want to find a snowflake, it's the Secretary of Defense's office.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Sandpiper 6/6/2020 12:07:25 AM (No. 434085)
This has me concerned. I have the same question as No. 6 - are they leaving the White House open to being overrun? Do they want an assassination? The poor National Guard troops will be sitting ducks to the mob without weapons. A very close family friend is there, guarding the White House. He has a wife and four kids - the oldest just turned 11. I don’t want their Dad seriously injured or killed. I so don’t like this. I will pray for my friend, Pres. Trump and our nation this weekend.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: Captain Howdy 6/6/2020 12:18:38 AM (No. 434091)
Electrify the fence around the White House, giant bug zapper and put it on pay-per-view.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: DVC 6/6/2020 1:10:37 AM (No. 434127)
Esper needs to be fired.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 6/6/2020 1:20:39 AM (No. 434135)
He should be gone,he can't make that decision. Sec Def is Admin job,he has to clear this with the President.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 6/6/2020 1:23:01 AM (No. 434139)
National Guard have been Federalised,so they are now active duty also. He can't make operation dictate s
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Reply 42 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 6/6/2020 1:30:17 AM (No. 434146)
I saw below he was 101st,as a former 101st Paratrooper I disown this guy. Most of the land in The District is Federal,so Trump has every right to have troops there.
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Reply 43 - Posted by: Heraclitus 6/6/2020 2:00:56 AM (No. 434179)
Must protect the Federal buildings and monuments, and above all the White House, Capitol, Supreme Court, VP Residence. And the people in the buildings. If this is true, Esper must resign or be fired immediately.
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Reply 44 - Posted by: JackBurton 6/6/2020 9:01:05 AM (No. 434482)
No guns? No ammo? S'Okay. But make sure they have plenty of bottles of frozen water and maybe a few bricks. Just to make it even.
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