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WASHINGTON, DC- It’s funny how the rules change, or the sense of outrage is different when the victim of alleged malfeasance by a government official is Donald Trump. Nowhere has this been more obvious than over the way Democrats have responded to allegations that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley  colluded with China against Trump.  

Numerous elected officials have called on Milley to resign, be fired or court martialed. Had this involved Milley engaging in such egregious conduct against, say Joe Biden, Democrats would be apoplectic. Now? Not so much.

One former government official who says Milley should resign is former Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, wo served in that role during the waning months of the Trump administration, pushed back against Milley’s contention that he had spoken to the Secretary of Defense prior to reaching out to China, an allegation that Miller says absolutely never happened.

“I did not and would not ever authorize” Milley to engage in secret communications with a Chinese general, Breitbart reported.

Miller said the allegations against Milley are a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordinations,” he said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday.

Those allegations are outlined in a book called Peril, written by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post.

“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. 

He continued that if the allegations of 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 office.” 

The book alleges that Milley was concerned about the former president “going rogue” and engaged in two back-channel phone calls with China’s top general, in which he promised to undermine national security and inform him if Trump were to engage in a planned attack against China, which is an absurd suggestion, as Trump himself has since said.

Milley is claimed to have told the general, “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,” Woodward and Costa allege.

Miller was incensed by the news that Milley attempted to undermine national security, clearly for partisan political purposes.

‘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.”

Miller noted that were it a lesser ranking officer, they would be immediately relieved of duty.

“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.

“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.”

The two calls made by Milley, one on October 30, 2020, and the second on January 8, 2021, were to Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng.

In addition, Milley told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was apparently also colluding with Milley to undermine Trump, that he believed him (Trump) to be in mental decline, which he shared with Pelosi, who agreed with Milley’s assessment.

Our suggestion would be that Pelosi should look in a mirror if she wants to see someone in mental decline, as well as the current occupant of the Oval Office.

According to Fox News, they spoke with a number of people who were in the room during the calls Milley made with Li. Fox says the October call were coordinated with then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s office. 

“They were not secret,” a U.S. official told Fox News speaking of the calls, conducted via video teleconference. There were about 15 people present in the room for the calls, with multiple notetakers present.

They also claimed the calls were conducted with full knowledge of Esper, as well as Miller, a claim Miller vehemently denies. He also dismissed any allegations about Trump wanting to start a war with China. 

“Any accusations that President Trump was intent on starting a war with China are completely unfounded,” Miller said. 

“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 wasn’t the only former official who was livid about the revelations. Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a scathing statement, in which he referred to Milley as a “dumbass” and assured that he had never considered attacking China.

Trump continued that if the book was true in its allegations about Milley, he should be put under court martial.

“I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification ‘of an attack.’ Can’t do that!” Trump said.

Trump actually found an unlikely ally in former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who famously testified against Trump in the first impeachment hoax and is certainly no fan. Vindman called for Milley to resign.

“If this is true, GEN Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that. #dotherightthingtherightway.”

Former chief of staff for the Department of Defense, Kash Patel, also told Fox News that the law “specifically forbids the chairman [of the Joint Chiefs] from exercising any operational command authority.” 

“Congress put this in the statute because the U.S. military is to be led by a civilian, the commander-in-chief,” Patel said. 

“Furthermore, by law, the national command authority goes from the president to the Secretary of Defense to include anything relating to troop deployments, operations in theaters of war, and nuclear command.” 

If what Milley did is truly acceptable as numerous Democrats have claimed, the precedent set by such action is truly alarming. What if Milley decided that Joe Biden was mentally deficient…ok, bad example.

But what if a future Joint Chief’s Chairman decided that the commander in chief was “in mental decline” because they didn’t agree with how they were approaching a particular military engagement? What if he/she decided to undermine national security because of his/her own personal beliefs?

The precedent being set by Milley’s actions are frightening for a country where we are supposed to have civilian oversight of the military. All you need is a power-mad lunatic in that position and things could go very bad, very quickly.

Meanwhile to nobody’s surprise, the White House is standing by Milley, with propaganda minister Jen Psaki saying Biden considers Milley to be “a patriot.” 

“He is somebody who is…is…has fidelity to the Constitution and he has confidence in his leadership. And the role he has played in his experience with him,” Psaki said. “I can’t speak to anonymous, unconfirmed reports about prior conversations during the last administration.” 

“The president has complete confidence in his leadership, his patriotism and his fidelity to our constitution.” 

Just wait til he comes for you, Joe. 

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WASHINGTON, DC- In normal times with a legitimate, unbiased press, there would be no question about the seriousness of allegations made against Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, who is alleged to have directly and purposefully attempted to undermine President Trump, then serving as commander in chief.

Unfortunately, such a press in general does not exist. More so, Democrats are more interested in pushing their radical Marxist agenda than protecting the integrity of the Office of the President of the United States.

Republicans however are apoplectic after the allegations made by journalists Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) and Robert Costa in their upcoming book, Peril. According to that book, Milley believed that the then-president would “go rogue” and proceeded to work behind the scenes, in concert with our number one enemy—China—to undermine President Trump.

Milley worked two “back-channel phone calls” according to Breitbart, with China’s top general and said he would inform him (commonly called treason) if for some reason Trump was going to launch an attack on that country.

“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 is alleged to have told the Chinese general.

These allegations now have at least two senators calling for Milley to either step down, be fired or in the case of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), court martialed.

On Tuesday, Paul called for Milley’s removal if the allegations made in the book are proved to be true.

“I don’t care what you think of President Trump, the Chairman of the JCOS [Joint Chiefs of Staff] working to subvert the military chain of command and collude with China is exactly what we do not accept from military leaders in our country. He should be court martialed if true.

Couple that with his inept handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it is clear General Milley is no longer fit to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and should be removed immediately.”

In addition to Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called for Milley to resign. Breitbart reported that in a letter written and released on Tuesday, Rubio suggested that Joe Biden “dismiss” Milley immediately, and charged that by his actions.

Milley undermined former President Trump by planning to commit treason.

He wrote:

I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgment, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately.

In his letter, Rubio noted that in speaking to our enemy, “Milley interfered with America’s civilian-controlled military, which could possibly ‘lead to war.’”

He wrote:

I do not need to tell of you the dangers posed by senior military officers leaking classified information on U.S. military operations, but I will underscore that such subversion undermines the President’s ability to negotiate and leverage one of this nation’s instruments of national power in his interaction with foreign nations.

Even more egregiously, reports indicate that General Milley interfered with the procedures by which the civilian commander-in-chief can order a nuclear strike. He purportedly instructed officials not to take orders without his involvement and forced them to take an oath to that effect. A senior military officer interfering with that civilian-controlled process is simply unacceptable at best, and at worst, would cause ambiguity which could lead to war.

General Milley has attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by arguing that what he perceived as the military’s judgment was more stable than its civilian commander. It is a dangerous precedent that could be asserted at any point in the future by General Milley or others. It threatens to tear apart our nation’s longstanding principle of civilian control of the military.

Lest anyone think this is strictly a partisan issue, former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (yes, that Alexander Vindman) says that through his actions, Milley had “usurped civilian authority.”

“If this is true, GEN Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that,” Vindman tweeted.

Aside from the two U.S. Senators, several members of the House also called for Milley’s ouster.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) tweeted:

“If the reports about General Milley are true, he needs to be relieved of his duties. There’s no justification for secret communication with our greatest adversary. There’s no justification for treason.

@POTUS: If this is verified, you need to immediately dismiss General Milley.”

Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI) said that Milley had betrayed his oath:

“We must preserve civilian control of the Armed Forces, through the president, as our Constitution requires. Any official who subverts this system should not be in office. Anyone concerned about an unfit president can seek a constitutional remedy; anything else betrays their oath.”

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) tweeted:

“I am astounded by the extraordinary lack of judgment by Gen. Milley & his willingness to compromise our national security & risk American lives. If Milley really did coordinate with his counterparts in the #CCP, behind the back of the President, he should be relieved of duty.”

According to Newsweek, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is also calling for Milley’s court martial if the allegations are true.

In a tweet, she wrote:

“Court-martial Mark Milley.”

Finally, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) accused Milley of treason:

“TREASON! Today’s news adds to the long list of why Milley must go IMMEDIATELY! If this is true, he needs to be prosecuted, tried, and sentenced to the FULLEST extent of the law. NOTHING LESS! Colluding with our ENEMIES to undermine the President is TRAITOROUS!”

Newsweek said they reached out to the Joint Chiefs for comment on the accusations against Milley and Republican calls for him to be ousted and had yet to receive a response.

Military.com addressed the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which spells out three different levels of court-martial. The most serious is a general court martial under which a convicted person can be sentenced to death.

“The accused has a right to be represented by a free military attorney or may hire their own civilian lawyer,” the website noted. “A general court-martial may deliver any punishment not prohibited by the UCMJ, including death when specifically authorized.”

Not sure about all of you, but doesn’t Milley remind you of an unhinged bully like Jack Nicholson’s character in “A Few Good Men?”

 

For more on the incompetence of our current national security team, please read the below, published last month in Law Enforcement Today. 

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The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- We’ve sat on the sidelines, shaking our heads at the sheer incompetence of the Biden administration.

After months of spending future generations of Americans into bankruptcy before they’ve even grown up or been born, Team Biden turned its attention to foreign policy, which we were told was the strength of Joe Biden and his team of Obama-era retreads.

Some two weeks or so after Biden’s team put the finishing touches on the ultimate embarrassment for the United States, with thirteen dead American service members, twenty injured and hundreds of dead Afghans, not one member of the administration has either resigned or been fired. None.

As a matter of fact, the only non-combat casualty of this fiasco is Marine Corps Lt. Stuart P. Scheller Jr., who in a viral video demanded accountability from the unaccountable, namely the senior military leadership who clearly botched the U.S. exit from Afghanistan.

Scheller, who was initially relieved of his command after the release of the video subsequently resigned his commission as a Marine Corps officer, thereby sacrificing over a million-dollar pension and seventeen years of service to the Corps.

Not only did Scheller give up his career and his pension, he may soon also give up his freedom, as he is facing the possibility of a court martial and possible jail time for his “transgression” of telling the truth. Yet out of this whole clusterf*ck, he may be the only one who loses his job.

Joel B. Pollak, Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News in an op-ed said what we have been thinking since this whole nightmare started—it is time for senior administration officials in defense, state, national security and intelligence to either be fired or resign.

Until that happens, as Pollak notes “America’s credibility and military deterrent” will continue to decline. A lack of accountability will literally put our “national security at risk.”

We agree.

We wrote as the sheer ineptitude of Biden’s national security team came to light that it was time to clean house, which Pollak also suggests.

All of them must go—Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, CIA director William Burns and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Every single one of them bungled the Afghanistan situation beyond belief.

While Biden should also be included in that group, the only way that will happen is through the 25th Amendment or impeachment. While Republicans can try submitting articles of impeachment, with Crazy Pelosi running the show in the House that will go nowhere. Still, it’s worth a try if for nothing else other than optics. Still somebody…a lot of somebody’s need to go. 

For example, while the Taliban was running roughshod over Afghanistan earlier this year, what were Austin and Milley doing? Concerning themselves with “white rage” and foisting critical race theory on the people whose only job is to kill people and break things.

That’s it. The military isn’t some kind of grand social experiment despite the apparent focus of military leadership. They are there to provide for our national defense. 

Focusing on “transition” surgery for military members is a hell of a lot less important than making sure we don’t leave $80 billion of military equipment left behind which can then be repurposed by terrorists. Having “drag queen shows” on military bases isn’t as important as keeping focused on what China and Russia are doing.

As Pollak notes, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) has proposed a bill to ban critical race theory (CRT) from the military. That is a step in the right direction. CRT does nothing to build morale, cohesion, unity of purpose, mission, or esprit de corps.

All it does is sow racial division and foment the fantasy that the United States was founded on racist principles. How does the military expect men and women to sacrifice their lives for a country which is claimed to be racist at its core?

Pollak also says that the United States needs a strategic focus in what exactly our mission is. A number of Americans have concluded that the United States simply cannot and should not act in the capacity of the world’s policeman.

While a representative republic has worked out great for our country, trying to get other countries to “buy in” to that is a fool’s errand. So-called “nation-building” is not and should not be the goal of the United States.

Simply put, some countries do not want to live under a Democracy. Forcing our ideology on nations and peoples who don’t want it is a waste of time and resources.

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Clearly our greatest threat right now in light of the fall of Afghanistan is the southern border. Democrats attempt to portray everyone crossing the southern border as either Mexicans or refugees from the Northern Triangle countries.

However as has been documented, people are crossing the border from countries all over the world, including the Middle East.

Given the fact that our failure in Afghanistan resulted in 5,000 ISIS fighters being released from prison, is it too much to expect that some of those terrorists might find their way to Mexico? And then into our porous southern border? That is why we must secure the southern border…NOW! 

Finally, Pollak notes (and we agree) that our increasing national debt poses a significant national security risk to our country. He addressed the fact that when the “war on terror” began in 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the national debt stood at less than $6 trillion.

That’s a lot of money, but since that time, Congress has basically said “hold my beer.” That debt has increased nearly five times and is at just under $28 trillion.

Simply put, that is not sustainable.

There is currently pending another $5 trillion plus spending and “infrastructure” package that is basically a cornucopia of leftist wish list items. And while the Democrats proposed spending spree is pretty much across the board, there is one glaring deficiency—national defense.

At a time when both China and Russia are exponentially increasing their military equipment, we are still using 60-year-old plus B-52s. Our nuclear missile capability is using decades-old technology. Yet the proposed defense budget has been proposed to be flat funded.

Last month, as we made our erratic exit from Afghanistan, it was announced by the Social Security Administration that as of 2034, it would no longer be able to fund full benefits.

In other words, if you are 50 years old today and younger, the social security benefits you paid into your entire life will not be there. Yet here we are, with Democrats proposing to lower the age to qualify for Medicare while expanding the program to cover vision and dental. Simply put, it is not sustainable.

Pollak suggests a mix of issuing long-term bonds, entitlement reforms and changes in domestic spending in order to help social security survive. Unfortunately, changes in domestic spending and entitlement reforms are unlikely to happen, no matter which party controls Congress.

We agree with Pollak that out country is desperately in need of a moral revival and a serious dose of self-reflection as to exactly who we are and what our country needs to be going forward.

It is the ultimate in irony that while we see our southern border being overrun by people trying to escape other countries to come here, the Democrats claim that America is a systemically racist country where people of color have no chance. Why then would people be risking their very lives clamoring to get here? That of course makes no sense.

Pollak said:

“We cannot defeat enemies when we lack moral self-confidence—when our president says we are beset by ‘systemic racism,’ and our role models kneel to protest the American flag. Young people are abandoning religious faith—and having fewer babies, too, which is like a vote of no confidence in the country’s future. We are long overdue for an awakening of patriotic and religious feeling.”

That is a great idea. In fact, former President Donald Trump attempted to establish a 1776 Commission which released The 1776 Report on January 18, 2021.

The report was promptly quashed by Joe Biden as one of his first executive orders. The 1776 Report completely eviscerated the historically inaccurate “1619 Project,” which claimed the U.S. was founded by racists on racist principles. Yet Joe Biden, once again selling out to the far-left neo-Marxist base of his party, dismissed the report.

Pollak is correct.

“We need, in short to start over. And the first step must be to remove the leaders who brought us here. Nothing more should happen in Congress until those responsible for Afghanistan are gone.”

We won’t hold our breath. Democrats are so far off the rails that Nancy Pelosi last week refused to have the names of the thirteen dead service members killed in Afghanistan read into the Congressional record as part of a moment of silence.

The Democrats have refused Republican requests for a commission to look into what exactly went wrong with our pullout in Afghanistan.

So we put the safety and security of our country in the hands of fools like Austin, Milley, Blinken, Sullivan and others who totally and completely turned the withdrawal from Afghanistan into one of the greatest military blunders since Little Big Horn.

God help us.

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