(ETH) – Despite the optimism from President Trump about opening the Country back up by Easter, The Pentagon has just come out with their latest assessment regarding the coronavirus pandemic in which they are is assuming it will last at least several months, and that some countries are at risk of “political chaos,” according to its top officials on Tuesday.
“I think we need to plan for this to be a few months long at least,” US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, judging from the experience of countries like China, South Korea and Hong Kong. This came as Esper and General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed questions from members of the US military around the world in a virtual online event.
These questions were submitted in advance and read to the Pentagon’s top two civilian and military leaders by a department official. Milley went on to state that all indications are that the US is looking at “eight to 10, maybe 12 weeks, something like three months.” “That may or may not apply to the United States. It may or may not apply to all the different countries, different circumstances.
But we’ll see,” he said. “If it does apply, you’re looking at probably late May, June, something in that range. Maybe it could be as late as July, something like that. But we will get through it,” he added. Even more alarming is that these men also warned that the pandemic could destabilize some countries, to the point where they could present a threat to the United States, emphasizing that the pandemic “could lead in some cases… to sort of breakdowns. It could lead to political chaos in certain countries. We have to be attuned to that,” Milley said.