Gen. Mark Milley, the by now clearly notorious Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Tuesday tried to convince Congress and the nation that he didn’t commit treason in January 2020 when he contacted the top Chinese military general behind then President Donald Trump’s back to inform China that Trump might want to launch a nuclear attack against it but that he will be prevented from doing so.
Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Milley admitted to holding two calls to his Chinese counterpart Li Zuocheng, the head of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, one on October 23, 2020, and a second one, the truly problematic one, on January 8, 2020, days after the January 6 breach of the US Capitol by pro-Trump protesters.
The treason that Milley appears to have committed has been disclosed in the book “Peril” by two Washington Post reporters, Robert Costa and Bob Woodward.
The book revealed Milley first contacted China over intelligence that the Chinese were fearing a nuclear attack by the United States during military exercises in the South China Sea.
Then Milley contacted China a second time to reassure his Chinese counterpart that the US was not going to attack as President Donald Trump was about to vacate the White House.
Milley’s ‘moving’ narration
In a maybe pretend moving tirade, Milley narrated how he has been loyal and serving America for the past 43 years, and that his loyalty is absolute – of course, he shyly omitted the doubts as to whether he was loyal to the commander-in-chief at the time.
He added that it was his job to be in communication with China and that such communication is “critical to the security” of the US because they allow the deconflicting of military actions, crisis management, and war prevention “between great powers armed with nuclear weapons.”
Milley sought to justify both calls with US intelligence suggesting that “the Chinese were worried about an attack by the US.”
He then went on to directly contradict the revelations of the Woodward-Costa book, which made it clear that he was “worried” about President Trump’s mental stability which in his view made it conceivable that Trump might launch a nuclear attack on China – just like that!
Instead, Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he is “certain” that Trump had no intention “on attacking the Chinese” at the time – and he innocently made the call just “to convey presidential orders and intent.”
He claimed that his “task at that time was to de-escalate” and that his message was to “calm, steady, de-escalate.”
Milley argued that his October 2020 call to his Chinese counterpart was made at the direction of then US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and that there were eight people on the call with him.
He added that the January call was in fact requested by the Chinese side on December 31, 2020, and that shortly after the call was completed on January 8, he informed about it Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff at the time, and then Acting Defense Secretary Miller.
A freaky Pelosi call
Milley admitted to another problematic telephone call on January 8 – by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the liberal leftist empress, who called him to ask whether President Trump could launch a nuclear strike on his own.
Milley “assured her” that that couldn’t happen because a strike can be ordered by the president but “he doesn’t launch alone” – which is an apparent hint at disobeying top orders.
His tirade went on longer to claim unconditional loyalty to the nation and the Constitution but it remains clear that Milley wants to get away with the suspicions of treason on sheer technicalities – as he clearly went behind Trump’s back and was ready to sabotage him even if given presidential orders.