Look for Milley to soon decide to spend more time with his family.
Bob Woodward has a new book, “Peril,” the latest in his series of books on Washington that explain the deep state’s version of reality. To promote his book, he played up his interview with PC General Milley. He said he called General Li of Red China when Trump was president and promised to give Li a head’s up on any military action we take.
Instead of showing how dangerous Trump was, it showed how dangerous to the nation Milley is. His boss, the secretary of defense, did not authorize the January 6 call.
Who knows who Milley is calling today?
Within 24 hours, the Hero of the Battle of Mar-a-Lago has become bad baggage for Biden. The peril in “Peril” is not President Trump, but Milley, who has confirmed the story.
His excuse was as weak as a baby’s arms. It was so bad that he was not man enough to deliver the message. He had his butler — Colonel Butler — tell reporters, “His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability.”
He worked behind the commander-in-chief’s back.
That is called mutiny.
A White House official said 10 subordinates are willing to testify against him.
The butler confirmed this, adding that the “meeting regarding nuclear weapons protocols was to remind uniformed leaders in the Pentagon of the long-established and robust procedures in light of media reporting on the subject.”
That, too, is weak. As weak as watered down tea.
Axios reported, “When Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley goes before Congress on Sept. 28, he may face some of the most hostile questioning of any modern four-star general.”
Will he still be around by then?
It is not just the surrender of Afghanistan that bothers them. It’s the sedition too. He was the General Leak of the Trump Era.
Axios said, “Republicans were already irate with Milley for playing a starring role in a string of recent Trump books.
“Even some of his friends are cringing over his extensive and high-profile scenes in these books and perceptions that he’s participated on deep background with multiple authors.”
Christopher Miller, who served as Secretary of Defense when Milley made his promise to General Li, told Fox he did not authorize the communication.
Miller said, “The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer whose sole role is providing military-specific advice to the president, and by law is prohibited from exercising executive authority to command forces.
“The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense, not through the Chairman.”
Miller also said, “If the reporting in Woodward’s book is accurate, it represents a disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination by the Nation’s top military officer. [snip] his histrionic outbursts and unsanctioned, anti-Constitutional involvement in foreign policy prove true, he must resign immediately or be fired by the Secretary of Defense to guarantee the sanctity of the officer corps.”
Miller is a retired Special Forces colonel.
Democrats are staying on the sidelines while a few key Republican senators — Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio — want Milley out.
Meanwhile, Biden’s poll numbers are dropping amid a vaccine mandate, rising inflation, a surrender of Afghanistan, leaving thousands of Americans behind in Afghanistan, and bequeathing billions in war materiel to the Taliban.
General managers fire baseball managers in mid-season because nothing else can be done. Politics is the same. George McGovern said of his VP running mate Thomas Eagleton, “I’m behind him 1000%”
Two days later, he was gone.
When Biden said, “I have great confidence in General Milley,” the countdown to his departure began.