The Patriot Post® · Gen. Mark Milley Should Resign or Be Fired
“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams (1815)
In December of 2018, against the advice of then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis and then-departing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Gen. Joseph Dunford, both distinguished Marines, President Donald Trump appointed Gen. Mark Milley as his CJCS.
In terms of bad decisions, I would rank the Milley appointment only a few notches under Trump’s disastrous decision to empower Anthony Fauci with full authority over our nation’s domestic response to the ChiCom Virus pandemic. Fauci was a key factor in Trump’s 2020 loss, combined with the Demos’ bulk-mail ballot fraud.
Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Trump enjoyed significant military support. But after his “personality disputes” with Gen. Mattis and particularly with his former White House chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, who served the president with steadfast loyalty, Trump’s military support waned. That decline was even more pronounced among younger military personnel, who are most susceptible to Leftmedia infusion of anti-Trump messaging.
The appointment of Milley, a Massachusetts blue-stater educated at Princeton and Columbia, further eroded that support. Recall that Milley and most of the senior flag officers today, were elevated through the ranks under Barack Obama and Joe Biden — which is precisely why Biden retained Milley.
For context on Milley’s influence, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff serves as the primary military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense, and the National Security Council. The 1986 Goldwater–Nichols Act centralized this military advisory role to the CJCS, while the service chiefs are responsibility for training and equipping the Unified Combatant Commands.
Neither the CJCS nor the chiefs have any warfighting chain-of-command authority. That responsibility lies with the Unified Combatant Commands, which have the guns and the mission to use them as directed by the president through the secretary of defense. The chain of command to the Combatant Commands runs “from the president to the secretary of defense,” and “from the secretary of defense to the commander of the combatant command.”
Though the CJCS lacks authority over the Combatant Commands, he has enormous influence in his senior advisory role to the president and SecDef, and, by extension, over military readiness and morale. Given that influence, when Gen. Milley makes public statements regarding the president or military policy, as he did before Trump left office and more recently in support of leftist political agendas, he is way out of line.
Milley is in lockstep with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who is also dutifully imposing Biden’s political and social agenda down the ranks.
Recall that in January, when Austin was lobbying for his SecDef appointment, he promised: “If confirmed, I will fight hard to … rid our ranks of racists and extremists… The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies. But we can’t do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.” No, his reference to “enemies” was not to the leftist communists and socialists Democrat Party constituents who have been burning, looting and murdering in urban centers across our nation.
In February, Austin ordered a 60-day stand down order to search for “extremists” in military ranks, AKA, “Trump supporters.” Austin also ordered Special Operation Command to implement a “diversity and inclusion” strategic plan, because apparently the color of special operators is more important than the capability of special operators.
In congressional testimony, Austin has spuriously claimed, “We do not teach critical race theory, we don’t embrace critical race theory, and I think that’s a spurious conversation.”
Austin then diverted from CRT, insisting, “We are focused on extremist behaviors and not ideology, not people’s thoughts, not people’s political orientation.” That is a non sequitur. How do you focus on “extremist behaviors” without focusing on people’s ideology, thoughts, and political orientation?
How far askew can Austin’s focus on “extremist behaviors” go? One of the contractors he is using to “investigate extremism” has determined that if military personnel search for “the truth about Black Lives Matter,” that would suggest “the BLM movement has nefarious motives, and is a disinformation narrative perpetuated by White supremacist groups to weaponize anti-BLM sentiment.” Thus, the searcher likely has extremist views.
Of course, BLM is not nefarious about their Marxist roots and objectives, they are proud of that.
Austin and Milley are a woke tag team, the military enforcers of Biden’s race-hustling agenda, based on his “right-wing extremist” delusion and his “white supremacist” bogeyman. This fusion of politics with military protocols is destructive to military readiness.
Moreover, it’s constitutionally perilous because Milley is the highest ranking uniformed member of the Armed Services.
For Milley’s part, defending the teaching of CRT at West Point despite the SecDef’s denial it was being taught, he declared in congressional testimony: “I want to understand white rage, and I’m white. So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that?”
That was a reference to the 6 January “insurrection” by hundreds of “mostly peaceful” protesters. Of course, most of them thought their unlawful, and in some cases disgracefully violent, actions were in defense of our Constitution, not an attempt to overturn it.
Milley’s comments were a snap salute to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol theater political agenda, and he will no doubt be a prop in her hyper-partisan House Committee “investigating” the “insurrection.”
Regarding the “Capitol assault,” Milley should have tempered his words, given that the only fatality that day was an unarmed white female veteran unjustifiably shot dead by a black Capitol Police officer — the circumstances of which have been concealed from any public scrutiny.
Milley stated further: “I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military general officers, our commissioned [and] noncommissioned officers, of being ‘woke’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist.”
Actually, the primary “accusations” are against Austin and Milley for leading the CRT chorus, and as political analyst Betsy McCaughey notes, this isn’t about “studying some theories”: “Critical race theory isn’t taught as one of many ideas to be debated. It shuts down debate. … The idea isn’t to foster debate. It’s used only to indoctrinate and compel acquiescence.”
Now, Milley is certainly not a Marxist. Like Austin, he spent much of his early career serving our nation with distinction, and honorably abiding by his oath “to support and defend” our Constitution. But he has been drinking too much woke-flavored Potomac Powerade for too long. He has now embraced the socialist Democrat Party line, and has crossed that line promoting Biden’s race and gender hustling agenda.
Fact is, CRT and other woke indoctrination will destroy military cohesion from within, and some military officers have been courageous enough to go public with that assessment, but Milley is so drunk on leftist Beltway groupthink, and has so long been insulated from rank-and-file military personnel, that he’s lost his moral authority to lead. Military service is deadly serious business, but Milley has forgotten who he serves.
The dust hadn’t even settled around Milley’s CRT advocacy before evidence emerged that fully demonstrated the extent to which he is unfit to lead.
In a forthcoming book, I Alone Can Fix It, by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, both of whom suffer from chronic Trump Derangement Syndrome, they detail just how acutely infected Mark Milley is with TDS. The duo document how Milley believed Trump was “the classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose” who was planning a “Reichstag moment,” a reference to the attack on Germany’s Parliament by Hitler’s followers, which he then used to claim absolute power. Milley declared to his aides that Trump’s playbook was “The gospel of the Führer.”
According to Leonnig and Rucker, Milley declared ahead of the January Trump rally that it “could be the modern American equivalent of ‘brownshirts in the streets.’” He added: “They may try to stage a coup but they’re not going to f—ing succeed. You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with guns.” These comments reveal Milley to be a histrionic partisan hack who was apparently indifferent to the fact that the Democrat Party conspired, twice, to unseat Trump in deep-state coups.
Joe Biden channeled Milley’s absurd remarks recently when he asserted in a national address, “If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”
For his part, Trump fired back: “If he said what was reported, perhaps he should be…court-martialed and tried. … There was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened, and it’s just a waste of words by fake writers and a General who didn’t have a clue.”
As it stands, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was content to characterize his commander-in-chief as Hitlerian and almost half the nation he ostensibly served as “brownshirts” — and he has refused to deny the accuracy of that account. Though he fancies himself an educated man, he would have benefited from a quick historical assessment of that comparison, as outlined by National Review’s Kyle Smith: “Trump vs. Hitler: Let’s Run the Numbers.”
Recall that last summer, when Milley appeared in a photo with Trump in Lafayette Square ahead of the Secret Service ordering protesters out of that area, Milley apologized for having created a “perception of the military involved in domestic politics.” He has now surged far across that line.
On 20 January, after Biden was sworn in, the Obamas, who were seated just in front of Milley, asked how he was feeling. He responded: “No one has a bigger smile today than I do.”
In 1951, President Harry Truman fired a far more distinguished military officer, five-star General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, for creating a constitutional crisis by ignoring the military chain of command.
According to Truman, “I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the president.” In his inimitable vernacular, Truman added: “I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals. If it was, half- to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”
Milley is not a “dumb son of a bitch” but most assuredly has demonstrated his penchant for emotional incontinence – getting sucked into the swamp groupthink vortex.
Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg (USA-Ret), who served as national security advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, declared that if the WaPo report of Milley’s remarks is accurate, his “comments are seditious,” an abject violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Kellogg said: “I think he’s discredited his position as chairman of the Joint Chiefs. My opinion, and I’ve known Mark a lot of years, he needs to resign or they should remove him. … There’s civilian control of the military, that’s absolute…” Kellogg added that Milley “crossed the line,” declaring, “I think he has violated his oath of office. I think he should go.”
Milley has crossed the line, making him a more dangerous threat to American Liberty and constitutional Rule of Law than any of the Capitol protestors. As a matter of honor and integrity Milley should go, either resign or be fired — but the notion of “honor and integrity” are not guiding beacons of the Biden regime.
Perilously, under Biden, and his Austin/Milley social agenda tag team, our military has become laughingstock for our most dangerous adversaries, China and Russia.
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Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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