Milley Proudly Proclaims He Did Call China, So What?

Milley Proudly Proclaims He Did Call China, So What?

Milley Proudly Proclaims He Did Call China, So What?

General Milley now tells us Woodward is correct. He did call China, but so what? It’s no big deal guys, quit making it a thing!

But his calls and his discussions with his command staff ARE a thing. A very big awful thing. As Toni wrote here, when the news first broke of Milley’s circumvention of the chain of command by calling China directly, we were all a bit skeptical given Woodward’s history of making shit up to sell books. 

But now, with this statement, we find out that for once, Woodward was on the money. READ. 

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia. These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict.

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. All calls from the Chairman to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency.

Also in keeping with his responsibilities as senior military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense, General Milley frequently conducts meetings with uniformed leaders across the Services to ensure all leaders are aware of current issues. 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.

General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution.”

Let’s break this down for a minute. 

A. Yes, it would be understandable for Joint Chiefs Chair to communicate regularly with Defense chiefs all over the world. What is ALSO necessary is that the White House be regularly INFORMED of these calls. It’s highly evident in this instance that the White House in 2020 was left in the dark.

B. Regular meetings with command staff across the services. Sounds about right doesn’t it? So WHY then call a meeting and specifically pointedly discuss nuclear protocols. Why didn’t ANY of those generals question why such a discussion was necessary?

C. Did President Trump during his four years in office get us into any wars? Did he escalate any conflicts? The answer to both of those questions is a resounding NO. 

This admission that the call was made is Deep State arrogance on a whole ‘nother level. 

Did you get that?? Milley reassured China’s top general, a saber rattling warmonger, that if an attack was imminent, they’d receive advance warning. WHO DOES THAT?? Evidently Milley in hopes his pal Li Zuocheng will reciprocate. Really?

The Chinese general has a history of making public calls for military aggression, threatening to “resolutely smash” Taiwanese forces or any other country that challenges the CCP’s regional control.

~Snip

Li’s comments were amplified on Chinese social media, fomenting anti-American sentiment. One post on Baijiahao, a website for writing and commentary sponsored by Chinese media giant Baidu, framed Li’s warnings as a threat to an “arrogant” United States in “cahoots” with Taiwan.

“The United States is in cahoots and arrogant, but General Li Zuocheng has also drawn a red line for the Taiwan Province authorities,” a translation of the post reads. “General Li Zuocheng’s warning is not a cliché. He is a fighting hero who … represents the attitude of every bloody Chinese son and daughter. The Taiwan Province authorities should not underestimate the determination of the mainland.”

Yet Milley thinks this guy is a friend of ours? Seriously?? You know that one line from the Hunt For Red October? “You arrogant ass, you’ve killed us!” That’s been buzzing around in my head since yesterday afternoon when I read Milley’s smug non-denial. 

Li Zuocheng is NOT a nice guy. He’s one of their biggest and most dangerous scorpions. Yet here is Milley, while bitching and kvetching about getting Critical Race Theory mainstreamed into our military, thinking that by making calls without President Trump’s knowledge, the scorpion will never use its stinger. Milley is either naive or stupid. I vote for both. 

Here’s another point regarding Milley’s call to Li. It is NOT nor is it EVER the job of the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff to take it upon himself to reassure a foreign country of what the U.S. national security interests are. That is way WAY out of his lane. That is the President’s lane. The President dictates and directs our national security and foreign policy. The military does NOT. Milley overran that lane by about 20,000 miles. 

In this instance, it does not matter if Biden has full confidence in Milley. It doesn’t matter if Jen Psaki likes the guy either. Milley went outside the chain of command. And for that, he really should be facing a full investigation, a court martial, and have his rank, his job, and his pension yanked from him. 

Milley admits he called China and then issues a ‘so what?’ statement. Milley is an arrogant disrespectful ass who is a discredit to the uniform.

Feature Photo Credit: Milley at Pentagon April 2021 via Joint Chiefs Flickr page, cropped and modified

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4 Comments
  • Taylor says:

    Thoroughly Modern Milley needs to be given the choice of either resigning or going in front of a court martial board and if found guilty he goes to jail and loses his pension.

  • JAW3 says:

    Wouldn’t a service member who illegally jeopardized his soldiers by alerting the enemy to possible actions want to stand up and take responsibility?

  • GWB says:

    Milley’s circumvention of the chain of command by calling China directly
    I’m not sure I agree with this. Mil-to-mil contacts exist already, and are authorized. I’m not sure they should be, but they are. You can say the subject of the conversation was a circumvention of the chain of command, but not the fact he made the call.

    The meeting regarding nuclear weapons protocols
    Now, here is where it gets a bit icky. He’s well within his authority to have this meeting and to tell his subordinates (yes, CJCS is in a weird spot in terms of “being in charge”) they need to make sure they’re sticking to “the book” in everything. But… having a meeting to tell your subordinates this … implies there’s a concern they won’t. And if you can’t say “Hey, I’ve seen memos from a couple of you talking out of school outside the chain of command, and it needs to stop,” then all he does is start people talking and wondering why the heck he’s doing something like that. It isn’t wrong but it’s definitely bad leadership and unprofessional, maybe.

    It’s highly evident in this instance that the White House in 2020 was left in the dark.
    It is? Has Trump directly contradicted this?

    Did he escalate any conflicts?
    *waffles hand*
    He pushed in some places and temporarily escalated things. Those had good outcomes because he can actually negotiate (unlike our Foggy Bottom folks and their enablers in the White House and punditry). But you could argue he escalated some conflicts.

    if an attack was imminent, they’d receive advance warning. WHO DOES THAT??
    Ummmm, every President since probably Eisenhower? Since Milley is assuming (wrongly) the President might go off the rails, he would be using the equivalent of the red phone in the Oval Office that connected pretty much directly to the Kremlin for most of the Cold War.

    The Chinese general has a history of making public calls for military aggression
    Well, yeah. That’s his job. And, yes, it does make the whole thing nuts – there’s a lot of kabuki goes on in the arena of politics.

    Milley is either naive or stupid.
    He is a PROGRESSIVE, mal-educated in the religion of the Ivy League and the left. When the religion permeates all of the government, it’s the only way to reach flag rank. And yes, progressivism is actually naive (denying human nature and history) and stupid (believing it can achieve heaven on earth).

    It is NOT nor is it EVER the job of the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff to take it upon himself to reassure a foreign country of what the U.S. national security interests are.
    I agree in all but one case, and that one case is where the 25th Amendment is being invoked. (Don’t get me started on Biden….) And if he did do this in a fashion that undercut the President’s policy, then he should be strung up by his thumbs as an example. It doesn’t have to be in Leavenworth – you could do it in Crystal City if you want.

    Do you recall Milley running for any office during the 2016 or 2020 elections? Do you recall him explaining HIS foreign policy to voters and humbly asking for their support? Where could we have gone to vote against Milley’s foreign policy and diplomatic agenda?
    This is the crux of the issue. While I’ve spent some effort trying to ensure people aren’t over-reacting and being angry over the wrong things, if he did not make the call in accord with the President’s foreign policy (I could actually see Trump asking him to do this, as Trump rightly didn’t see an insurrection in the Jan 6 events).

    Milley is an arrogant disrespectful ass who is a discredit to the uniform.
    Well, yeah, that’s well established, I think. And do think he should at a minimum be in stocks on the National Mall.

  • ROP says:

    Plan C, If impeachment fail, and we don’t succeed in stealing the election ( that the military was in on, Frankfurt ?) , Then a military coup.
    All this is becoming clear. Our country was taken over! A well orchestrated coup with every possible contingency thrown in, to take out the president, destroy the opposition ( Jan 6) and put in this regime.
    No doubt that the other top brass was in on this. They are all traitors ! Our country from the top to bottom was infiltrated by these low life ( apologies to low life’s) Now we live in a dictatorship that would gladly kill every last one of us if we don’t bow to there demands. Dispicable !

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