Media experts continued to praise Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley after a new book claimed he made two phone calls to Chinese officials during Donald trumpthe presidency lest the commander-in-chief attack.
The allegation is set out in “Peril”, a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post. The book also claimed that Trump was in “mental decline” and could start nuclear war.
MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle said on Wednesday that the general’s phone calls, if true, would have made “common sense” in a Trump administration that he said has been marked by four years of “imbalance.” It was a common refrain for the press to suggest that Trump was unbalanced and unstable throughout his tenure in the White House.
“It’s just common sense,” Barnicle said. “It’s called public safety. And you can certainly make a strong case when concluding the former guy’s presidency, there were a lot of people, both in the House and in the Senate on both sides of. the aisle, Republicans and Democrats, particularly worried about what we’ve been talking about here for the past few minutes. “
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On CNN, analyst Ret. General Wesley Clark argued that Milley was “within his rights” to make calls and that he would have been “in breach” of his duty had he not picked up the phone.
Several others, like CNN’s Mark Hertling, said Milley was rightly trying to put “safeguards” in place between Trump and the foreign policy disaster.
“General Milley has taken very cautious steps,” said Hertling, a retired US military officer.
“What he did was make sure the guardrails were in place,” he added later. “So I give it high marks for that based on what is described in the book.”
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Barnicle predicted the book would spark a polarizing debate where half of the people called him a patriot and the other half saw him a traitor. Former President Donald Trump and many Republican lawmakers were squarely on the latter camp.
If the report turns out to be true, Milley is guilty of “treason,” Trump said Tuesday.
“For the record, I never even thought of attacking China – and China knows it. The people who made history are sick and demented, and those who print it are just as bad. In fact, I am the only president in decades that has not dragged the United States into war – a well-known fact that is rarely reported, ”Trump said.
“If that’s true, there is a word for it, and it sounds like treasonable activity to me,” agreed Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa. “It sounds like exactly what Benedict Arnold did in the past.”
Perry added that Milley should “absolutely quit.”
“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert defended Milley in his monologue Tuesday night, while “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough called Milley’s critics “so stupid.”
“Are you so stupid, I just have to ask, are you so stupid, are you so ignorant of the way things work that you don’t know that every once in a while generals talk to generals?” Scarborough asked.
The Atlantic contributing writer Tom Nichols said the alleged appeal to China was a “good thing” and denounced the calls for Milley’s resignation, while Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin said the ” Milley’s revelation about Trump raised important questions about the president’s authority to order nuclear strikes unilaterally.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald accused the media of engaging in a double standard.
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The other bizarre aspect of the past 5 years has been watching these same liberal media figures strutting around as defenders of ‘standards’ and ‘democratic values’ while simultaneously swooning over every unelected military / intelligence official which has deliberately hindered or sabotaged Trump’s policies, “he added.
Other observers have called the media “corrupt” for putting Milley on a pedestal.
“In case you were wondering how the corrupt corporate media hacks were going to turn this, you got your answer: sure, Milley committed treason, but it was just, you know, common sense,” he said. tweeted radio host Gerry Callahan.