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Friday, September 17, 2021

Tom Nichols: [General Milley] made a judgment call in an unprecedented situation, and we should be glad for it. The Constitution of the United States has no provision for the control of planet-destroying weapons while a president is losing his mind and trying to overthrow the government itself.



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Did the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, violate the Constitution? The answer, at least on the current available evidence, is no.

Even the Twenty-Fifth Amendment was meant to spackle the gaps in presidential succession in the case of death or disability. It does not countenance speedily removing the president from office against his will -- especially while the vice president and the entire Congress are under armed guard from a violent mob carrying nooses and smearing feces on the walls of the Capitol.

Milley was looking at a civilian leadership in complete disarray, with the executive branch in the hands of a coterie of cronies -- including an acting secretary of defense who by his own admission had no idea what was going on most of the time -- and a president whose understanding of "the nuclear," as he called our strategic deterrent, was childlike at best.

At the least, Milley was trying to insert a moment of pause into any possible escalation to disaster, and for that we should be grateful. His order was insurance against the chance that a raving Donald Trump, some hapless lieutenant commander, and the Acting-Temporary-Undersecretary for Advanced Defense Widgets could get together in the basement of the White House to transmit the codes to hell to the U.S. Strategic Command without anyone else knowing about it.

This, a thousand times this.

It's simply another story when all the relevant and immediate determinant factors are placed on the table alongside the ignorant knee-jerk wholly partisan "treason" takes and Trump-slurping expectations.

I hope Biden gives Milley a Presidential Medal of Freedom if he retires before 2025. His service was far more than we could have expected from any person that Trump chose for an important position. But that's more a testament to the integrity of the military and Milley himself than it is about Trump's ability to recognize actual competence over his preference of supplicance from incompetents.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-17 04:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What Milley did is commonplace. From the retired Commander of the US Army in Europe:

Milley's contacting foreign general officers, like General Li Zuicheng of China, is a big part of his job. In these communications, I'm confident that the Chairman followed the protocols for engagement with foreign officials.

Why do I believe that? Because as a senior general officer commanding in a foreign theater, I often had to conduct these types of phone calls and engagements, as do all generals or admirals in similar strategic circumstances.

Engaging with foreign military commanders -- whether they are allies, partners, friends or even foes -- is a major and extremely time-consuming requirement for senior military commanders. We do this to strengthen alliances, build trust, prepare for coalition exercises -- and to stay in contact via informal communication channels during tense times.

When I was Commander of the US Army in Europe, there were 51 countries in our area of responsibility, and my visits and contacts were conducted as part of an approved plan for "security cooperation" within that theater. Chairman Milley's job is much bigger and more difficult, because his covers the globe.

His responsibilities require an endless series of engagements with US Embassies, foreign governments, and the military leadership of more than 190 countries, even those, like China, whom many Americans consider the enemy.

Often the communication channels with foes compliment the diplomacy generated by the State Department, and this is where generals and ambassadors are critical teammates.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-09-17 05:20 PM | Reply

I think those issuing launch codes should know that they will be immediately executed afterwards.
They should be willing to sacrifice their life in that situation.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-17 05:42 PM | Reply


This is all the context that so many here, who will not be named, choose to ignore.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-17 05:42 PM | Reply

"I'd rather have total nuclear annihilation than a Biden presidency."

-Kool Aid Adherents

#5 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-09-17 07:02 PM | Reply

After I wrote that I had to take a moment and consider how our country got here ... Not a good feeling.

#6 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-09-17 07:03 PM | Reply

The problem is that Trumpers don't see the issue here because they never see the issue with Trump.

They still expect everyone else to maintain behavior according to typical standards and norms while they disregard at will.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2021-09-18 10:06 AM | Reply

"The problem is that Trumpers don't see the issue here because they never see the issue with Trump."

The problem...Trump's acolytes are loyal to him. Not the United States, and certainly not the US constitution.

Here is the oath taken by US political appointees, including military officers:

"I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

Here is the oath of office taken by officials in the Greater German Reich

"I swear by almighty God this sacred oath: I will render unconditional obedience to the Fuehrer of the German Reich and people, Adolf Hitler, Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht, and, as a brave soldier, I will be ready at any time to stake my life for this oath."

Which one of these oaths do you think would be more fitting for a Trump supporter. And make no ------- mistake, this is very much a binary choice.

#8 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-09-18 02:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


MB, you've found your bailiwick on this blog.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-18 02:09 PM | Reply

#8 Blind obedience to a person is the hallmark of a cult. Never go full cult.

#10 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-18 02:12 PM | Reply

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