A cyber group affiliated with the Resistance Front reportedly gained access to an email exchange between General Daniel R. Hokanson, the head of the U.S. National Guard Bureau, and a high-ranking officer within the organization.
The correspondence was subsequently published by Iran’s Tasnim News Agency and revealed growing antipathy among American soldiers towards sacrificing their lives for Israel.
General Hokanson supposedly attributed this sentiment to former President Donald Trump’s criticism of Netanyahu earlier that week. He also believed that CENTCOM lacked adequate resources to support Israel in a larger conflict should Hezbollah or other regional actors get involved, making it difficult for them to defend themselves against a potential attack.
The alleged email read as follows:
I want to set up a meeting to discuss something concerning I’m hearing from Tony. Apparently, there is growing anti-Semitism among the enlisted troops who are openly stating they’re against Israel and not willing to put their lives on the line for them. With Trump’s remarks against Netanyahu on Wednesday, this problem is only going to get worse. We need to come up with a strategy to deal with this and rally the troops in support of Israel against HAMAS. I think it best we try to get ahead of this, as Tony believes it is becoming an issue.
When I spoke to Ori shortly after the attack, he expressed concerns about the Republicans in Congress and if they would hinder full support from the U.S. I tried to assuage his concerns but he’s not wrong. CENTCOM told me Tuberville’s hold is having a major impact on their operations. CENTCOM has limited forces and was not expecting a hot war to break out in the region. This, combined with the lack of confirmed leadership positions, means CENTCOM will not be able to support Israel should this turn into a multi-front war if Hezbollah enters the fray. To be honest, if Hezbollah or other players enter the war, Israel won’t be able to defend themselves either. Let’s pray that doesn’t happen.