It’s been more than 24 hours since news broke that Gen. Mark Milley might have committed treason, and almost all Republican leaders on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Subcommittees have remained completely silent on the matter. Most of them won’t say whether they’ll call for the general’s resignation or termination if the reports of treason are true.
The Washington Post on Tuesday published a bombshell report about Milley from the forthcoming book “Peril” by the Post’s associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Bob Costa. In it, the two alleged that Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made a pair of secret phone calls to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, in the final days of the Trump administration in which he gave away information about the United States’ military strategy. This included telling the foreign adversary that the United States was not preparing to strike.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley reportedly told Zuocheng on October 30, 2020, four days before the November election. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”
According to the book’s authors, Milley even pledged to alert the Chinese in advance of an impending strike, allegedly saying, “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.”
Several months later, Milley reportedly tried to assuage Chinese concerns about American stability following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine,” Milley reportedly said during the January call. “But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.”
Out of hysteria that President Donald Trump might command an attack, the general also reportedly ordered senior military officers to review nuclear weapons protocols, telling them that while Trump could give the order, Milley had to be involved in the process.
Despite these alleged conversations — which, if true, would
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