The Washington Post published an article on Dec. 17 titled “Opinion: 3 retired generals: The military must prepare now for a 2024 insurrection.”
It was based on conjecture, innuendo, and outright fabrication. The authors, all retired U.S. Army generals, acted as a Praetorian Guard to protect the false, prevailing narrative about the Right posing a grave threat to our nation and its democracy. It was propaganda disguised as scholarship.
To call a political protest, even one that turns into a riot, an “insurrection” is a serious matter. Insurrection, the American Heritage Dictionary tells us, is an “open revolt against civil authority or a constituted government … specifically, the armed resistance of a number of persons to the power of the state.” The Washington Post article claimed the riot was a “deadly insurrection,” although the FBI investigated the circumstances and found no evidence of a coordinated effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election or overthrow the federal government…
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