Will New Pentagon Chief Use Psyops to Save His Boss?
By Jeremy Kuzmarov
According to a profile in Eric Blehm’s 2010 book, The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Fought For a New Afghanistan, President Trump’s new Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller picked out passages from British pro-imperialist writer Rudyard Kipling to motivate troops under his command. In this way he masterminded the unconventional warfare campaign in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks before going on to head Special Forces operations in Central Iraq during George W. Bush’s troop surge in 2006-2007.
In an interview last month, Miller told Seth G. Jones of the conservative think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that his specialty was in unconventional warfare or “hearts and minds work,” and added that he also participated in direct action—where you’re “kicking down doors, you’re taking people out of buildings, or killing them.”
Miller’s appointment to the Pentagon’s top post comes at a time when the victorious Biden campaign is beginning its transition to power.
Monday, after Trump’s election defeat, he fired previous Defense Secretary Mark Esper which triggered a wave of high-level departures in the Pentagon and set off alarm that Trump was trying to install loyalists to carry out his wishes during an already tense transition period.
One of the new appointees, Brigadier General Anthony Tata, who replaces James Andersen as the Pentagon’s Acting Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy, was formerly a Fox News regular who called former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader” and Islam “the most oppressive violent religion I know of.”
Fears continue to swirl about what Tata, Miller and other newly installed leaders might do as Trump fights the results of last week’s election including concerns that he might use troops to solve political problems or enact psychological warfare operations of which Miller is an expert.
Born in Platteville, Wisconsin in 1965, Miller served as an Army War College fellow to the CIA and was part of a special army unit that tracked and hunted Osama bin Laden prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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