Through Nebojsa Malic, editor-in-chief at RT
An upcoming book by two Washington Post writers, which has just been leaked to the corporate press, seeks to portray General Mark Milley as a hero of the resistance to President Donald Trump. If all is true, it amounts to a real coup.
Snippets of ‘Peril,’ due for release in a week, appeared Tuesday on CNN and the Washington Post, which employs its two writers – Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, of the famous Watergate. It claims to be based on over 200 interviews with “First-hand participants and witnesses” of the last three months of Trump’s presidency.
The media coverage fits perfectly with their institutional bias against the Trump presidency and their established narrative of the 2020 election, the January 6 “insurgency” on the United States Capitol and the “resistance” of the bureaucrats in the United States. career and “deep state” institutions to “thug” Asset.
In their account, Milley – the U.S. Army general who chairs the Joint Chiefs of Staff, emerged as the hero who saved the day, coordinating with the CIA, NSA, Major Democrats and even his Chinese counterpart to “protect” America from an unbalanced president.
On January 8, Woodward and Costa claim, Milley called a “secret meeting” at the Pentagon and asked the officers in charge of the National Military Command Center not to take orders from anyone unless they went through it first.
“No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I am part of this procedure ”, he would have said, and made them verbally recognize the order.
Milley also rescinded Trump’s withdrawal orders from Afghanistan before Jan.15 and even reached out to his Chinese counterpart to reassure him that the United States would not attack, according to the book.
During this time, he also received a phone call from the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-California). Costa and Woodward include an alleged transcript of the call.
“What I’m telling you is if they couldn’t even stop him from attacking the Capitol, who even knows what else he might do?” And is there anyone in charge in the White House who did anything other than kiss her fat ass all over the place? Pelosi said, adding, “You know he’s crazy. He’s been mad for a long time.
“Madam President, I agree with you on everything”, Milley responded. After the call, he contacted NSA Director Paul Nakasone and told him “Needles in place … keep looking, scan.” He also contacted CIA Director Gina Haspel, telling him to “Look at everything aggressively, 360.”
In other words, the top military official was telling the intelligence community to spy on the elected government. Costa and Woodward admit it, writing that Milley was “Oversee the mobilization of the US national security state without the knowledge of the American people or the rest of the world.”
According to them, however, it was good because Milley believed her actions were “a good faith precaution to ensure that there is no historic break in the international order, no accidental war with China or others, and no use of nuclear weapons.” Apparently, loyalty to “international order” won out over the US Constitution and its oath.
He wasn’t alone either. According to Woodward and Costa, it was Haspel – appointed by Trump in May 2018 – who called Milley and said the United States was “On the way to a right-wing coup”.
“This is all madness. He acts like a six year old with a temper tantrum ”, the CIA director reportedly told Milley.
While the Washington establishment widely applauded Milley’s conduct, one of their own was outraged. Alexander Vindman, the now-retired Lt. Col. who was instrumental in Trump’s first impeachment on “Ukrainegate” in 2019, tweeted that Milley must step down because he set a “Extremely dangerous precedent” by usurping civil authority.
“What is described here is false” he added. “There is no such thing as a ‘deep state’, but this story nourishes one.”
If this is true, GEN Milley must resign. He usurped civil authority, severed the chain of command and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It is an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t just walk away from it. #docorrectlyinthiswayhttps://t.co/izsMMCFPrz
– Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) September 14, 2021
The January 6 riot saw several hundred pro-Trump protesters burst into the United States Capitol just as the joint session of Congress heard objections to the electoral college vote count. The session was halted, and when Congress reconvened later that night, those opposing it were dismissed by outrage over what Democrats and the media have dubbed “the insurgency.” .
Reports at the time spoke of Pelosi consulting the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence and other institutions, but pointedly omitted Trump – who was technically still commander-in-chief.
This summer, Milley drew criticism for blaming the riot “White rage” and appearing to endorse the Democratic narrative while insisting that he and the military were “apolitical.” However, it was his comments a year ago – in June 2020 – that cast doubt on Woodward and Costa’s account that January 6 was his motivation.
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At the time, Milley issued an unprecedented apology for marching alongside Trump on Lafayette Square, the park outside the White House that police had just cleared from rioters. It followed an angry letter from former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who denounced Trump as a Nazi seeking to divide America and using the military as a prop. After Mattis’ letter and Milley’s apology, then-candidate Joe Biden said he was “absolutely convinced” the military would kick Trump out of the White House if he loses the election but refuses to give in.
This account, that Trump was planning to “steal the election,” was used by Democrats to organize a “well-funded cabal of powerful people” involved in “an extraordinary shadow effort” To “strengthen” the 2020 elections – according to the famous TIME magazine article from February 2021, written by the biographer Pelosi who was in the effort.
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