The Milley controversy took on a more ominous complexion Wednesday, as Milley’s civilian superior revealed that no authorization was ever given for the general’s traitorous phone call to the Chinese Communists.
FNC: “Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who led the Pentagon from the period after the 2020 election through Inauguration Day, said that he “did not and would not ever authorize” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to have ‘secret’ calls with his Chinese counterpart, describing the allegations as a ‘disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination,’ and calling on him to resign ‘immediately.’
So there was an attempted coup after all.
Except it finally comes out that it wasn’t Trump or Trump supporters, it was Pelosi and Milley.
Well, well now.
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) September 15, 2021
In a statement to press, Miller said that the United States Armed Forces, from its beginning, has “operated under the inviolable principle of civilian control of the military.”
“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,” Miller said. “The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense, not through the Chairman.”
“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,” Miller said. Milley’s “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.”
“Pursuit of partisan politics and individual self-interests are a violation of an officer’s sacred duty and have no place in the United States military,” Miller said, adding that “a lesser ranking officer accused of such behavior would immediately be relieved of duty pending a thorough and independent investigation. As secretary of defense, I did not and would not ever authorize such conduct,” Miller said.
He also commented, “Any accusations that President Trump was intent on starting a war with China are completely unfounded. President Trump absolutely believed and advocated for a more aggressive approach to China, but he was elected to end our Nation’s wars, not start new ones. I was proud to play a small role in achieving those goals.”
Miller concluded: “I look forward to a full, non-partisan investigation of the accusations made by Woodward to guarantee that the genius of our Founders and following generations that established a system and culture of the subservience of our military – the most powerful force in our Nation – to civilian control endures.”
This piece was written by David Kamioner on September 16, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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