General Milley Promised the Chinese He'd Warn if President Trump Would Attack. Yep, That's Treason. Big Time!
As a rule, members of the American military aren't allowed to disclose military plans/secrets to the enemy. Makes sense. It's not just frowned upon, it's firing squad upon. Yet General Mark Milley, the chairmen of the Joint Chief's of Staff under Trump, actually did just that. At least according to reporting in a new book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
From The Washington Post:
In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army, that the United States would not strike, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa.
One call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the election that unseated President Trump, and the other on Jan. 8, 2021.
"General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay," Milley told him. "We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you."
Um. That's like telling your child "No matter what bad thing you do, I won't punish you." Some will take offense to me comparing the Chinese to children, but I don't care. It's the metaphor that matters. It is not a good idea to assure someone you're at odds with that nothing bad will happen if they misbehave. Sometimes the threat of action is all that's necessary to keep someone in line. See also the arms race.
It's okay though because it actually is worse:
In the book's account, Milley went so far as to pledge he would alert his counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, stressing the rapport they'd established through a backchannel. "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."
See that's not good. Let's role play.
Imagine if General Patton called someone in Hitler's office and was all "Guttentag. Just as a head's up, June 6th. Mark it on your calendar. I'm not saying we're sending troops to storm Normandy, but I am saying we're totally storming Normandy." Or if if you prefer the South Pacific theater, imagine if Douglas MacArthur phoned up Japan and was all "Expect a couple of bombastic visitors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Might want to fortify and look skyward just in case you want to blow a few planes out of the air before you're blown to smithereens."
Might have changed the war, is what I'm saying. So yes, warning enemies or assuring enemies of a warning should the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES launch an attack, kind of treasonous. As in actually treasonous.
But wait, because yes it still gets worse.
Milley also summoned senior officers to review the procedures for launching nuclear weapons, saying the president alone could give the order — but, crucially, that he, Milley, also had to be involved. Looking each in the eye, Milley asked the officers to affirm that they had understood, the authors write, in what he considered an "oath."
Meaning that if Trump decided to launch some nukes, Milley made senior officers basically pinky swear they'd involve Milley in the launching of nukes. Probably so Milley could alert China of the launching of nukes.
Worst case scenario, if Trump had decided to attack China, and Milley forewarned China, CHINA COULD'VE FIRED FIRST. Resulting in American casualties. You see the problem here.
So yes. Treason. If the reports are true, then Milley committed treason.
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