ANDREW NEIL: Why Britain must pray that Joe Biden can hold Fortress America
Added 01-16-21 04:36:03am EST - “ANDREW NEIL: More than 20,000 National Guard troops will be deployed in Washington DC on Wednesday for the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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More than 20,000 National Guard troops will be deployed in Washington DC on Wednesday for the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States — 50 times more than the number envisaged only two weeks ago.
In addition, regular army troops will be on standby at nearby Fort Myer in northern Virginia. The Marine Corps will be on alert at their base in south-east DC. Thousands more federal and local law enforcement officers will also be on duty, in uniform and plain clothes. Specialist units to handle chemical and biological weapons attacks have already been activated. The Secret Service is in charge of overall planning.
Members of the National Guard walk past the dome of the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington
Rightly, the authorities are determined to avoid a repeat of the appalling scenes on January 6 when a pro-Trump mob, egged on by the President, was able to rampage shamefully through Capitol Hill, bringing the democratic process to a halt, albeit temporarily, with five lives lost in the mayhem.
But it also speaks to the savage divisions, backed by the underlying threat of armed violence, that now scar America so deeply.
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