Podcast notes: Let’s Talk About General Milley

Let’s Talk About Gen Milley

General Mark Milley, current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is no stranger to controversy. He is the top ranked military official who presided over the most humiliating military failure in modern American history– the disastrous Afghanistan pullout that ended with hundreds of Americans left behind in enemy controlled territory, subject to being used as hostages. Before that, he famously publicly showed regret for walking from the White House to Historic St. John’s Church in a show of solidarity against the BLM rioters who attempted to burn it down the night before. Then, he spoke of the need to keep the actions of the military distinct from those of the civilian government. Less than a year later, according to reporting, he seems to be much more comfortable with blurring, even erasing the lines between military and state.

According to Michael Ginsburg, writing for the Daily Caller in an article dated September 17th, 2021:

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding the full transcripts of two phone calls held by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and chief of the Joint Staff Department of the Chinese Central Military Commission Gen. Li Zhuocheng.

During the calls, first made public by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Milley reportedly promised Li that the U.S. would not strike China and that Milley would warn Li if they did. The calls were reportedly conducted Oct. 30, 2020 and Jan. 8, 2021…”

If the account given by Woodward and Costa is true, then Gen Milley would be a traitor to the United States. Upon such an action, he would also be guilty of treason. These are accusations not lightly made against a the senior serving US general. We don’t know if things when down the way that Woodward and Costa claim, but Gen Milley needs to answer these accusations directly.

There is evidence based upon reporting by various new outlets, including by U.S. News back in January, that Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) spoke to Gen Milley about disarming then President Trump:

The Defense Department’s top officer on Friday confirmed he had spoken with Nancy Pelosi about President Donald Trump’s powers as commander in chief but in a carefully crafted statement distanced the Pentagon from any attempts by the House speaker or other congressional leaders to strip the president of his authorities.

‘Speaker Pelosi initiated a call with the chairman,” Col. Dave Butler, a spokesman for Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells U.S. News. ‘He answered her questions regarding the process of nuclear command authority.” – Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report, Jan. 8, 2021

If this is true, that begs a few important questions that Gen Milley needs to answer, like:

  1. Did he verbally assure his counterpart in the Chinese army that he would wan them of any pending attack?
  2. What did Nancy Pelosi ask him to do specifically? What did they agree upon?
  3. What was his course of action in the event that Trump ordered an attack on China?
  4. What was his planned course of action in the event the electors were not approved by Congress, prompting civil unrest?
  5. Pelosi seemed to suggest that Milley should assume control over the US military should Trump order an attack. (To Milley) Is that a fair assessment? If so, was there any scenario, ether in response to an attack or the results of the election was overturned, where he would assume de facto authority of Commander in Chief?
  6. In plain terms, was he expected by Pelosi to attempt a coup d’état?

These are pointed questions to be sure, but charges of traitorous behavior and conspiracy to attempt a coup d’état are serious, and we haven’t even talked about his part in the disastrous part in the botched Afghanistan pullout. As a public servant, sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, Gen Mark Milley is obliged to answer these questions. Most men of honor would have stepped down in shame over the Afghanistan debacle alone. Integrity, not to mention the law, demands that if the allegations make by Woodward and Costa are true, he should immediately submit himself to disciplinary action and removal from his position in the U.S. military. He should do so willingly, even if he maintains the righteousness of his acts and planned acts. A country cannot countenance treachery of the kind being alleged here.


For more on this subject, tune into the latest LR Podcast

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