According to former US military officials, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, could endanger the national security of the United States in an alleged secret call to General Li Xuocheng of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Milley reportedly also exaggerated his own authority while discussing nuclear weapons launches with senior military officials, he says.
According to a new book titled “Peril”, Milley called Lee once in October 2020 and a second time on January 8 to reassure him that the United States would not attack the Chinese Communist Party, and that if it were to attack. ready, he will alert his counterpart.
“General Lee, you and I have known each other for five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not surprising,” Miley reportedly said .
Milley made those calls, Book alleged, because he feared then-President Donald Trump would take military action during his presidency.
Some US lawmakers have called Milley’s actions seditious, said the general had overstepped his authority, and called on President Joe Biden to sack Milley. In response, Biden has backed the general.
Retired US Navy Commander. When attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists in 2000, Kirk Lippold, commanding officer of the USS Cole, said he was incredibly concerned about Millie’s supposedly secret conversations with Lee.
That the country’s top military official has not denied any allegations, but has defended their conversation, came as a blow to Lippold, who told The Epoch Times, “Miley deliberately—or unintentionally—has been exposed to a degree of strategic vulnerability.” made a window.”
Milley has since described the calls as “routine” and “entirely within his job duties and responsibilities”. As chairman, Milley is the top military adviser to the President and the Secretary of Defense.
Lippold said the call to Lee could easily call into question “America’s resolve and willingness” to protect itself and ensure its survival.
Lippold warned that even the slightest misinterpretation could lead the Chinese regime to believe that aggression from a communist-led country “will be met with acceptance or acceptance from the United States rather than military action and resolution”.
After serving as a member of the War on Terrorism Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lippold said that Milley’s call “could give the Chinese government the impression that the United States was hesitating or, at worst, Was not ready to use nuclear weapons. Ensure our national survival.”
According to the new book, Milley also instructed senior military officials on January 8 not to take orders from anyone regarding military strikes or launching nuclear weapons without the president’s approval.
According to Lippold, engaging in conversations about nuclear activities is a far cry from the usual chain of command of Mille.
Robert Maginis, a retired US Army lieutenant colonel and Pentagon analyst, agreed, saying, “The president is little more than a military adviser to the president, who is prohibited by law from exercising executive authority and does not have a nuclear release authority. “
“Miley didn’t order anything,” Maginis said.
China’s growing nuclear capabilities
According to Leipold, the risks posed by Milley’s call with Li are heightened, as China is a nuclear-capable nation. He said the consequences of such disclosure could impact the “survival of the United States”.
Lippold pointed out that nations have nuclear weapons because their respective governments see them as “the ultimate guarantors of that nation’s existence”. Since World War II, nuclear weapons have served as a deterrent to widespread global conflict.
“The negotiations undermined US military credibility and capability by undermining the deterrent effect of American firepower, both conventional and nuclear, which provides the nation’s security,” he said.
According to Lippold, it is unconscionable for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to talk about US military readiness with a top military official from another nuclear-capable nation, particularly “one that has broader goals in mind, both regionally and globally.” “
The Chinese regime, Lippold said, is “going out of its way to modernize its nuclear triad across the board,” which includes building up land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic bomber capability. .
Lippold called for a thorough account of the exact wording of Milley’s conversation.
“These types of phone calls are usually handled very tightly, so an investigation should be launched by Congress to get a full account of what was said during the conversation,” he said.
“If he informed the head of the PLA or indicated what the actions or intentions of the United States might be,” Lippold said, “it would prove to be a very dangerous road to walk down.”
That would be “a huge breach of trust,” indicating Milley is not fit to serve in his role as defense secretary and principal adviser to the president, Lippold said. If found to be so, Milley should have the “moral integrity to put his stars on the table” and resign, he said.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is chaired by Miele, said in a statement last week that Miele regularly interacts with counterparts around the world, including counterparts in China and Russia.
“Their calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these reassuring duties and responsibilities to maintain strategic stability,” a spokesman for the group said. “All calls from the president to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and interagency.”
Trump and other former White House and defense officials, however, have said they were not informed about the call.
“The fact that Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller was not informed of the call – and neither were his staff – indicates that the general had an agenda behind this phone call to purposefully mislead Was designed, or flat not informed.-command what he was doing and thinking,” Lippold said.
According to Leipold it was “out of the norm” and “totally unprecedented” for Mille to not inform his superiors about the call. “His chain-of-command should have known everything about these calls—when they were about to be made, what was going to be discussed, and how he was going to frame his words.”
Lippold believes Milley is “banking on the fact that the American people and Congress do not understand how these types of conversations are conducted.”
“Millie shouldn’t be able to have these conversations, calling her completely ‘within the duties and responsibilities’ of her job, and get away with it,” he said.
Maginis said, “If this full chain of events turns out to be true, it is arguably the closest the United States has come to a military coup – and elected leaders should not rest until the country finds an answer.” And everyone involved should be taken into account.”
Milley is expected to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on September 28 to talk about Afghanistan, but is expected to be forced to ask questions under oath about reports from the book.
“Nothing could be more important than finding out whether a top military officer has committed treason and tried to seize control of America’s nuclear arsenal from a former president of the United States,” Maginis said.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times