“The Army major general testified that the day before the insurrection, he received a letter with the ‘unusual’ restriction from deploying any Quick Reaction Force service members, unless granted explicit approval by then-Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy. ‘I found that requirement to be unusual, as was the requirement to seek approval to move guardsmen supporting the Metropolitan Police Department to move from one traffic control point to another.'” NPR: DOD Took Three Hours To Approve National Guard Request During Capitol Riot, Commander Says. There was no such restriction, months ago, when troops were called in to deal with the peaceful protests in Lafayette Park.