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Pentagon Brass Tell Fox, Milley Had 2 Routine Calls With China, But Let's Go Back to Jan 8
Elizabeth Vaughn 9/15/2021 10:18 AM
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Pentagon leaders scurried into spin mode on Tuesday following allegations that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley had made two secret phone calls to his Chinese counterpart. In one call, he is alleged to have said he would warn him in advance if a U.S. attack was imminent. The charges were made in a book written by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which is scheduled to be released next week.
According to the book, in the first call made on October 30, Milley told PLA Gen. Li Zuocheng, “General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay. ... 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.”
Great idea, Milley. Had this scenario actually come to pass, I wonder how many U.S. service members would lose their lives because Milley had chosen to tip off the Chinese.
In the second call, made on Jan. 8, Milley told Li, “We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.”
If these allegations are correct, Milley's actions amount to treason.
These are serious charges and as repellant as Milley is, we need to remember that nothing has been proven yet.
That said, it should be noted there were no immediate denials from the Milley camp.
Instead, in response to questions from Fox News' Jennifer Griffin, Pentagon brass acknowledged that Milley had made "two routine calls to his Chinese counterpart and more than a dozen calls with NATO allies after Jan 6 to reassure them the US government was stable and to reassure China that the US did not plan a surprise attack, an effort to avoid misunderstanding."
The officials said, "Gen. Milley did not try to insert himself in the chain of command regarding the launch of nuclear weapons, but he made sure everyone knew what their roles were and what they weren’t. They reviewed lawful launch procedures following Pelosi phone call," according to Griffin.
Milley's animus toward then-President Donald Trump was no secret. We all remember his pathetic public apology after he'd accompanied Trump on a walk from the White House to St. John's Church, which had sustained heavy damage during riots in the city. He'd said, "My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics."
Nor have Milley's fears that Trump would attempt a coup to stay in power after he lost the election been a secret.
In fact, following Biden's questionable victory last November, concern that Trump would not leave the White House voluntarily quickly became the prevailing talking point among Democratic politicians and the legacy media.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who likely initiated the new narrative, was the most outspoken of all. I've often wondered if Pelosi's refusal to arrange for more effective security ahead of Jan. 6, after she'd been warned of possible danger, may have been because she knew a riot would bolster her bogus narrative.
Following the Jan. 6 capitol riot, the gloves were off. The "insurrection" had been a gift to Democrats and they set off to exploit it. Pelosi was off to the races.
In a Jan. 8 letter to members of the Democratic Caucus, Pelosi first turned up the heat on her effort to have Trump removed from office via the 25th Amendment:
Then, she told members of her call to Milley:
Pelosi was building her fraudulent case for impeaching Trump to prevent him from ever seeking the presidency again. And the media quickly moved into lockstep as they always do.
Woodward and Costa write in the book that following the riot, Milley "was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality..."
After telling Pelosi that he agreed with everything she had said on the Jan. 8 phone call, Milley "took action."
According to the book, Milley:
The public needs to view transcripts of Milley's October 30 and Jan. 8 phone calls with Li as well as his Jan. 8 call with Pelosi. And he needs to be questioned by Congress under oath. Additionally, Congress should question several individuals who attended the hastily called meeting of senior officers on Jan. 8.
Milley's actions were way out of bounds. This is not part of a Joint Chiefs Chairman's job description. He is meant to be a military advisor. He is not meant to insert himself into the chain of command.
Milley's defense will be that he was acting in the best interests of America, but the truth is that he, Pelosi and everyone else who was "in on it," were acting in the best interests of the Democratic Party.
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Elizabeth Vaughn is a contract writer at The Western Journal and a current contributor to American Free News Network. She is a former contributor to RedState, Newsmax, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have also appeared on Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN, Hot Air, The Gateway Pundit, Ricochet and other sites. Prior to blogging, Elizabeth was a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch and an independent equity trader. She is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother.
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