Over the last few days, General Mark Milley made many statements in Senate testimony that directly contradict the Biden administration. Particularly, General Mark Milley, the nation’s top-ranking general, has rejected the statements of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Antony Blinken regarding some of the most controversial issues facing the administration.
In the midst of the January 6 furor, a storyline emerged that revealed just how desperate the Democratic Party leadership was to undermine President Donald Trump’s constitutionally delegated authority. In January, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she had spoken to General Mark Milley in order to intervene before President Donald Trump launches a nuclear war.
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues. “The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.”
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in their forthcoming book “Peril” discuss the episode:
According to the book, Milley informed Pelosi that there were many checks in place to stop Trump’s rogue behavior.
Pelosi reportedly then told Milley: “He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy.”
“He’s crazy and what he did yesterday is further evidence of his craziness,” Pelosi added, referring to the deadly Capitol riot.
According to the book, Milley responded, “I agree with you on everything.”
General Milley spoke out on Wednesday about the matter in a fact-based manner, suggesting that he had done everything exactly according to the book.
“Speaker of the House Pelosi called me to inquire about the president’s ability to launch nuclear weapons,” he confirmed. “I sought to assure her that nuclear launch is governed by a very specific and deliberate process. She was concerned and made various personal references characterizing the president. I explained to her the president is the sole nuclear launch authority and he doesn’t launch them alone and that I am not qualified to determine the mental health of the President of the United States.”
“There are processes, protocols and procedures in place and I repeatedly assured her there was no chance of an illegal, unauthorized or accidental launch,” he added. “By presidential directive, and Secretary of Defense directive, the chairman is part of the process to ensure the president is fully informed when determining the use of the world’s deadliest weapons. By law, I’m not in the chain of command and I know that. However, by presidential directive and DOD instruction, I am in the chain of communication to fulfill my legal, statutory role as the president’s primary military advisor.”
“At no time was I trying to change or influence the process, usurp authority or insert myself in the chain-of-command,” he added in a seven-page unclassified memo to the Senate committee.
However, the general’s comments highlight how ineptly Speaker of the House behaved, even suggesting that he could interfere without constitutional authorization.
General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also made two phone calls to the Communist Chinese to allegedly reassure them that they would not be attacked without advanced warning, according to the book “Peril.”
Milley later refuted these claims by giving an alternative account that doesn’t seem to match the record.
The general even went so far as to claim that Trump officials knew about his call to his communist Chinese counterpart.
“I know, I am certain that President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese,” General Milley testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
“It was my directed responsibility by the secretary to convey that intent to the Chinese,” Milley said.
General Milley also denied claims that his many questionable actions, including his calls to Communist China and his calls to the former Afghan president in order to mislead Americans on the Taliban, were justifiable.
“My loyalty to this nation, its people, and the Constitution hasn’t changed and will never change as long as I have a breath to give,” he said. “I firmly believe in civilian control of the military as a bedrock principle essential to this republic and I am committed to ensuring the military stays clear of domestic politics.”
General Milley refused to answer direct requests for his resignation at the Senate hearing.
“I serve at the pleasure of the president,” Milley said.
According to Becker News, General Milley told high-ranking Pentagon and military officials that he would not be fired or quit. This indicated that he had the support of the White House.
The situation could get complicated by General Milley blaming President Biden’s disastrous decision to not leave 2,500 troops in Afghanistan to manage an evacuation and secure military equipment. His hot seat is getting hotter as he shifts blame to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the nuclear chain of command debacle and to Secretary Of State Blinken, who failed to secure military equipment.
General Mark Milley is obviously willing to say and do anything to save his skin. He has sent out the message loud-and-clear: ‘If I’m going down, I’m taking everyone in the Biden administration with me.’