By DOUGLAS ANDREWS September 16, 2021
One thing is clear: The Joint Chiefs chairman chose China over his president and commander-in-chief.
It’s one thing to engage in treasonous behavior. It’s another thing to compound that behavior with cowardice. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley may well be guilty of the former, but he’s certainly guilty of the latter.
Yesterday, rather than facing the fire and answering the questions, rather than explaining to the American people why twice he chose loyalty to the communist Chinese rather than loyalty to his own country and his own commander-in-chief, Milley instead chose to cower under a desk somewhere in the Pentagon while sending out a spokesman to speak on his behalf.
What a disgrace to the uniform. And, from a personal perspective, what a relief he’s not a Marine.
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with the Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia,” Milley’s spokesperson said. “These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict.”
All well and good, Mr. Spokesperson, but how often do they speak to our number one geopolitical foe without their boss’s knowledge and without their boss’s boss’s knowledge? And how often do they promise to let our enemies know “ahead of time” if we’re going to attack?
No doubt Milley will claim that President Donald Trump was “acting erratically” after the election. But as our Mark Alexander has observed, Trump has acted erratically by Beltway standards since the day he arrived. Which is another way of saying, Trump came to drain the swamp, and the swamp-dwellers didn’t like it.
And where starting wars is concerned, as National Review’s David Harsanyi puts it: “Despite his bellicose rhetoric and bluster, Trump had probably been more reluctant to use military force than any president in memory. … As others have pointed out, Trump was the first president since Jimmy Carter not to have gotten the nation into a new military conflict.”
That fact, of course, makes Milley’s insubordination even more rotten.
“I have great confidence in General Milley,” Joe Biden said yesterday. And we suspect he’ll continue to have great confidence in Milley right up until the moment he resigns — at which point Biden and his paid liar, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, will blame Republicans for having played politics with our national security.
As for Psaki, she was already busy yesterday trying to redirect folks from Milley’s insubordination to the unarmed non-insurrection of January 6: “I don’t think the president is looking for the guidance of members of Congress who stood by as the leader of their party fomented an insurrection,” she said.
Stay classy, Jen.
But while Biden may be thrilled to have a fellow traveler in Milley, a four-star lickspittle with the same affinity for the ChiComs that he has, Biden’s Oval Office predecessor doesn’t seem quite so sanguine:
If the story of “Dumbass” General Mark Milley, the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in U.S. history, leaving behind many dead and wounded soldiers, many American citizens, and $85 Billion worth of the newest and most sophisticated Military equipment in the world, and our Country’s reputation, is true, then I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification “of an attack.” Can’t do that!
For the record, I never even thought of attacking China — and China knows that. The people that fabricated the story are sick and demented, and the people who print it are just as bad. In fact, I’m the only President in decades who didn’t get the U.S. into a war — a well known fact that is seldom reported.
Trump isn’t alone here. His former acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, said he “did not and would not ever authorize” Milley’s covert calls with the ChiComs. Miller described the allegations as a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination,” and he called on Milley to resign immediately. So has our own national security analyst, Gen. B.B. Bell, U.S. Army (Ret.).
As we noted yesterday, Milley will testify before Congress on September 28. Another question: Who’ll testify about Milley’s calls to China? The Pentagon is saying there were 13-15 people present in the room — one of whom was the source for bookseller Bob Woodward. Will they all attest to the same set of facts?
In any case, and if for nothing more than the sake of military morale, Mark Milley needs to go. Power Line’s John Hinderaker sums things up this way: “I never would have imagined that the U.S. military could sink to the level represented by Milley. He should be fired, cashiered, court-martialed, drummed out of the Army, criminally prosecuted if possible. And we need a thorough investigation into how the leadership of our armed forces could possibly have sunk so low.”