The current Joint Chiefs of Staff of the military, Gen. Mark Milley, also served under President Trump. And it seems like the political hack is doing everything he can to distance himself from his former boss.
Milley is one of the leaders who created the massive failure in Afghanistan. Numerous former generals blasted him and DOJ head Austin for refusing to oppose Biden’s hasty withdrawal. Clearly, those running the military did not know what they were doing, to allow the Taliban to take over the country.
But for some reason, Milley thinks his reputation is being damaged more by his previous association with Trump. Because he is now claiming that, while working for the 45th president, he went out of his way to oppose him. He even claims to have assured China (our economic and military rival) that he’d warn them if Trump decided to attack.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay. We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you,” Milley allegedly said. “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.” [Source: Daily Wire]
If true, this is a bizarre and unprecedented move for an American general to make. Milley is basically admitting he was putting first the interests of a foreign power over the United States and its president. Well, Donald Trump did not mince words in his response.
“If the story of ‘Dumba**’ General Mark Milley, the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in U.S. history… 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!” Trump continued. “The good news is that the story is Fake News… Actions should be taken immediately against Milley, and better generals in our Military, of which we have many, should get involved so that another Afghanistan disaster never happens again. Remember, I was the one who took out 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. Milley said it couldn’t be done!” [Source: Daily Wire]
Trump blasted the “two authors” who are publishing this claim, saying he never gave them an interview. He also said, for the record, he never even “though of attacking China.”
There’s no way, at this point, to know if Milley really went behind then-President Trump’s back to talk to China in this way. But if he did, it would have been a shocking and unacceptable breach of conduct. A general’s loyalties are first to the United States and the president. To even promise China he’d warn them can be considered a betrayal.
As one official put it, Milley “could have caused the Chinese to miscalculate and take some sort of diplomatic, economic or military action with far ranging consequences.” If Milley really did say this, he was jeopardizing the national security of the United States, putting every last man, woman, and child in danger.
Perhaps Trump is right and this man needs to face serious charges.
Author: Sam Maxwell