Milley Needs To Come Clean, Now

His moves were more about keeping his job than about Trump.

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K T. McFarland, a national security pro and a brilliant writer, has a very convincing perspective on the motivations of General Mark Milley.

McFarland: Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should be fired over the Afghanistan debacle. If the allegations in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book “Peril” are true, General Milley should also face court-martial. At a minimum there needs to be two separate investigations into his conduct:

The sensational story of the week is that Milley went rogue earlier this year while President Trump was nearing the end of his term. Here’s what is being alleged by Woodward and Costa:

– He conspired with Speaker Pelosi to take away the president’s nuclear codes

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– He spoke to China’s top general and promised a heads of if President Trump took military action against China

– He did all of these on his own, single-handedly, without the knowledge or consent of his bosses at the Pentagon or White House.

His alleged rationale was that he worried about Trump’s sanity. So Milley went rogue because he thought Trump might go rogue. If the allegations are true, Milley was willing to subvert a fundamental tenet of our Constitution, the crown jewel of the principle of American self-governance, because in his opinion, “Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic and screaming at officials….”

In his first public statements since the bombshell allegations in the Woodward/Costa book, Milley said Friday, as reported by FoxNews.com “that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump’s presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. He told the Associated Press and another reporter traveling with him to Europe that the calls he made were “routine” and done “to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability.”

But consider this: Perhaps Milley had another motive as well — keeping his job. Look at the timeline. Milley talked to Woodward after the election. Milley was a Trump appointee, he was in the infamous photo walking with Trump across Lafayette Square during the George Floyd riots.

Biden’s team wanted to clean house of all Trump appointees when they entered the White House.  What better way for Milley to show that he wasn’t “Trump’s man” and ingratiate himself with the new team? We should not let this week’s blockbuster headlines paper over the deeper issue of who is responsible for the Afghanistan debacle.

The well-respected commander on the ground in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin Miller, recommended we keep Bagram Airbase and evacuate American citizens, Green Card holders, and Afghan allies before our combat forces.  They also predicted a quick collapse if we withdrew to zero U.S. forces precipitously and unconditionally…

Gen. Milley will finally be forced to answer for his actions when he appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee to testify under oath later this month. Senators from both parties should grill him on his actions at the end of the Trump administration and his role in the catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal. Both will have repercussions on American domestic and foreign policy for years. China has warned the Pacific nations that America is not an ally to be trusted, and it has underscored the point with military exercises demonstrating their ability to invade Taiwan. Perhaps Gen. Milley is the villain in both these cases. Perhaps he’s merely a pawn. Either way the American people need answers. Pronto.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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