The three-star basic in control of technique for the Air Force issued a grim warning for the United States on Thursday after extremists attacked the Capitol: The nation is now underneath a higher menace than it was after 9/11.
“To be clear: It is my personal opinion we are in danger of losing our republic,” Lt. Gen. Clinton Hinote, deputy chief of employees for technique, integration and necessities, wrote on Twitter. “Real danger.”
In a sequence of tweets posted Thursday afternoon, Hinote described the numbness he felt, then grief and despair, that adopted the 9/11 assaults. He feels the identical as we speak, he wrote.
That assault, nonetheless, got here primarily from an exterior menace.
“Today, our internal division is our biggest threat, and it is being exacerbated skillfully by state and non-state actors that want to see us weakened & discredited,” Hinote stated.
What’s extra, Hinote stated, 9/11 got here largely as a shock. Yesterday’s assault on the Capitol, nonetheless, got here after many indications that violence was coming, he stated — “Yet we still couldn’t stop it.”
The inside divisions plaguing the United States pose a menace to the nation that 9/11, as horrible because it was, by no means did, he stated.
“Only we can be the authors of our last chapter, and we are well on our way,” Hinote stated.
It doesn’t appear seemingly that the nation can now come collectively the best way it did after 9/11, he stated, “Yet we must.”
“The test of leadership in our generation is now sharply focused: will we rise above our personal interests & political divisions to find a way to rise above?” Hinote concluded. “We have to, or this experiment will fail. I’m going to try…”
In response to a query on Twitter about how one can convey the nation collectively when a few of these fostering divisions espouse racist or white supremacist concepts — together with circumstances the place white supremacists have been within the army’s personal ranks — Hinote stated, “I would like to think that our military can help to lead cultural change in the broader society.”
“At a basic level, we [the military] bring together a diverse group of citizens & mold them into a cohesive force,” Hinote stated. “When it comes time for them to return to society, they can take the experiences of caring for people that are not like them.”
Hinote is a embellished F-16 and F-117 pilot and Air Force Academy graduate who helped patrol the no-fly zone over Iraq as a part of operations Northern Watch and Southern Watch. He holds a doctorate in army technique from Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, and have become deputy chief of employees final June.
Valerie Insinna contributed to this report.