The embattled Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, confirmed that he held secretive talks with China amid major political events in the United States. According to the forthcoming book “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Bob Costa, the general made two calls to Chinese general Li Zuocheng. The first of the unauthorized phone calls, made four days prior to the 2020 election, indicated that Milley would give advance warning to China in the event of a military attack, including a nuclear attack.
“One call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the election that unseated President Donald Trump, and the other on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol siege carried out by his supporters in a quest to cancel the vote,” the Washington Post reported.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley told General Li. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”
“General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,” Milley added.
This directly subverts the Chain-of-Command and is tantamount to high treason. The second call was made two days after the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
“In the second call, placed to address Chinese fears about the events of Jan. 6, Li wasn’t as easily assuaged, even after Milley promised him, ‘We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes’.”
“Li remained rattled, and Milley, who did not relay the conversation to Trump, according to the book, understood why,” the Post added. “The chairman, 62 at the time and chosen by Trump in 2018, believed the president had suffered a mental decline after the election, the authors write, a view he communicated to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a phone call on Jan. 8. He agreed with her evaluation that Trump was unstable, according to a call transcript obtained by the authors.”
“The first call was prompted by Milley’s review of intelligence suggesting the Chinese believed the United States was preparing to attack. That belief, the authors write, was based on tensions over military exercises in the South China Sea, and deepened by Trump’s belligerent rhetoric toward China,” the Post added.
The New York Times in a January 8 report provided more detail on how the Speaker of the House and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who was nominated by Donald Trump in 2018, conspired to subvert the U.S. Constitution and the chain-of-command.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Friday took the unprecedented step of asking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about ‘available precautions” to prevent President Trump from initiating military action abroad or using his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons in the last days of his term.”
“In a phone call to the chairman, Gen. Mark A. Milley, Ms. Pelosi appeared to be seeking to have the Pentagon leadership essentially remove Mr. Trump from his authorities as the commander in chief,” the Times reported. “That could be accomplished by ignoring the president’s orders or slowing them by questioning whether they were issued legally.”
On Wednesday, General Milley responded to the accusations by essentially confirming that he indeed made the secretive phone calls.
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.”
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that Biden has “complete confidence” in Milley. As Becker News reported exclusively on September 1, Milley indicated that he had the full backing of the president.
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, has responded internally to escalating demands for his resignation or firing in the wake of the Afghanistan military disaster,” Pentagon sources told Becker News.
“General Milley has responded to these demands, which include a letter issued by nearly 90 retired generals and admirals, by saying that ‘he will not be fired nor will he quit,’ indicating that he has the full backing of the White House.”
However, as Becker News reported on Tuesday, at least two generals amid the top brass are seeking ways to push General Milley out over the accused ‘treasonous’ behavior.
The scoop backs up a report from Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec that “several Pentagon officers present in Milley’s secret meeting are willing to testify against him under oath,” per a White House official.
BREAKING: Several Pentagon officers present in Milley’s secret meeting are willing to testify against him under oath, per WH official
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 14, 2021
That push to remove General Milley is going to have to turn ugly in a very public way in order to push the reluctant Biden administration to remove the disgraced general.
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