During the last 20 years, starting with CIA Officer, Johnny Micheal Spann, the first American killed in combat in Afghanistan and including General Mark Milley’s fellow Green Berets who charged the Taliban on horseback, the United States has placed hundreds of thousands of young
Americans into impossible, treacherous and lethal circumstances. Mark Milley, a Princeton graduate who volunteered to serve his country in uniform has risen to the highest possible position in his chosen profession. He has commanded soldiers at every conceivable level, served 2/
in combat with valor and has never done one thing in 41 years of uniformed service that would lead any person of good faith and good will to question his honor, commitment to duty, probity, rectitude and loyalty to the United States. Yet, the General finds himself in an 3/
impossible situation, surrounded by a phalanx of liars, hypocrites, grandstanders and sunshine Patriots who have betrayed their oaths, abandoned their commitment to democracy and desecrated the blood sacrifices of 14 generations of American Patriots. He has become entangled in 4
the toxic politics of Washington where lesser men like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and dozens more can slander him at will on @rupertmurdoch’s lie machine and watch that lie travel at the speed of light through a network of interconnected disinformation hubs. He is not 5/
unlike a young Army Captain trying to navigate a millennia of blood enmities in a mountainous Afghan village where she doesn’t understand the culture, language, motives, history, or people she is facing. It is an utterly alien world. According to “Peril” by @realBobWoodward and
@costareports it appears that Milley did what he was trained to do, he improvised, adapted and adjusted. He did what the young Officers, NCO’s and soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and allied forces did for a generation, he tried to solve problems and make things better.
This is a moment where we face a reality that is particularly grim given the advance of extremism, fascism, misinformation and lunacy into every crevice of our culture. Though, he committed no misconduct or dishonorable act, Milley must resign. Sometimes, there are consequences
for doing the right thing. Sometimes the right thing to do involves breaking procedures, processes and rules. Sometimes the circumstances are so exigent that bad choices become the best option in a menu of worse alternatives. Two, things are crystal clear at this moment.
1. More information and detail is required around the reporting in the book. The necessity for oversight hearings around these issues cannot be overstated. 2. Milley, through little fault of his own, has been politicized beyond repair. It is not fixable, though it is immediately
recognize-able. Civilian control of the US Military must remain sacrosanct. The US Military must remain not just above politics, but beyond it. It must be apolitical as a first virtue and that virtue must be exampled by the Senior Uniformed Officer. Milley has done nothing
wrong but remaining in a post that will weaken the institution he has spent his life serving would be the wrong thing to do and there is little evidence in the record of General Milley doing the wrong thing. There are specific issues that must be understood around the reporting.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has no command authority. He/She is the Senior Ranking Officer in the US Military and the Senior military advisor to the President. During the weeks of chaos described in “Peril” the Pentagon was being led by a Trump stooge serving in
an “Acting” capacity. Orders under that reality would flow from the unbalanced and unhinged Trump through his stooge, directly to the combatant commanders. This is what @mccaffreyr3 was talking about during his frightening comments on @DeadlineWH with @NicolleDWallace. There
is no excuse why no action has been taken by the Democratic Majority to fix this issue and thousands more to harden the Democracy infrastructure of the Federal Government so that it could better restrain a lawless President, his corrupt family, cronies and loathsome factotum.
General Milley should resign and explain his actions, worries, concerns and fears to the country in his resignation statement. He should talk about the role of the US Military in our society and he should example the virtues that he has championed all his life as a type of
weapon to fight back against the multitude of disgraces he witnessed while proximate to Trump. Trump badly damaged the US Military with his toxic incompetence and constant politicization. This must be rectified. There are many issues that should be faced head on and addressed
in this particular startling moment. First, Congress should issue no more waivers for recently retired four star officers to become SecDef. The absolute primacy of civilian control should be reasserted. Second, there is no detail too small to be discussed around the
Anti-American insanity that transpired in the WH between election night and Inauguration Day. We cannot look away from this and Milley cannot tell the whole truth while wearing a uniform. Trump will soon be a candidate again. That election will decide if our grandchildren
live in a free country. I had the Privilege of standing in the American Cemetery in Normandy with my son and explaining to him that the 22 year old lying in the grave in front of him died so that he could be free. It isn’t combat that will determine our progenies fate. It will
be an election. The choice will be decisive and the weapons in a war against liars and misinformation will be the truth and facts. That will be Milley’s final battle. It’s the one he will be remembered by.

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