Bob Woodward’s new book, Peril, makes an astonishing revelation about U.S. General and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley. According to Woodward’s recounting of events leading right up to and after the 2020 elections, Gen. Milley made a very constitutionally fraught phone call to China. The JCOS chair called People’s Liberation Army General Li Zuocheng and told him something very strange.
The purpose of the phone call, made on October 30, 2020, just days before the election, was for Milley to let Zuocheng know that he would give the Chinese military advance notice if President Donald Trump decided to attack the country.
In doing so, the general may have broken both federal, military, and constitutional law. He stepped outside the chain of command and his purview as a general officer in the United States military. He took the unprecedented step of contacting a worldwide strategic opponent and sending them a message based purely on his own personal and overheated political assessment of the situation with the U.S. election.
His actions subverted the constitutional organization of the United States. In America, the military is and always has been under civilian rule and control. The president, a civilian elected person, is at the top of the chain of command. It is essential to the nature of the United States. We are not a military junta. We are not a nation of men armed with force but a nation of laws ruled by reason and civil society, at least ideally.
Of course, we fall short of that in many ways, and this is yet another to add to the list. Milley made another phone call on January 10, 2021, conveying to the Chinese military the same message. Over the week, Milley’s spokesperson said that the calls “were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance to maintain strategic stability.”
If the U.S. were to attack China, that would be a political decision, not a military decision. And it would not be up to the military to undermine that with advanced notice to the country it’s about to engage with militarily. When Gen Douglas MacArthur disagreed with President Truman in Korea and wanted to advance into Communist China, he fired him. But Joe Biden has left Milley at his post despite the general subverting the chain of command.
What this was all about was not international stability. The increasingly more woke elite military leadership just hated Donald Trump and preferred Hillary Clinton in 2016. And Milley and other top brass in the U.S. military establishment just wanted to embarrass Trump to the international community during a U.S. election by acting like he might go crazy and launch a random attack on another superpower over sour grapes if he lost.
Of course, none of these sensational leftwing propaganda news media narratives came true. Donald Trump didn’t refuse to step down. He didn’t take over the military and overthrow the constitution to start a dictatorship. And he didn’t just start launching nukes or sending out aircraft carriers to knock the table over after he lost the election. It’s just a shame that sensationalist news media garbage talk during an election year makes it into the heads of top U.S. generals and that they take inappropriate actions based on it.