No, General Milley, President Trump Wasn’t Losing It
No, General Milley, President Trump Wasn’t Losing It.
According to passages from a new book, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so terrified that he intervened twice to prevent former President Donald Trump from launching “rogue” conventional or nuclear attacks on China.
Milley contacted his “rattled” military counterpart in China only days before last November’s presidential election, and again two days after the January 6 insurgency, according to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book “Peril.” Milley assembled his own military team to discuss appropriate nuclear launch protocols on one occasion and reassured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on another.
According to a transcript of the conversation, Pelosi called Milley soon after Jan. 6 to ask about what “precautions are available to prevent an unstable president from starting armed conflicts.”
Milley said that there were “a lot of checks in the system.”
“He’s insane. Pelosi replied, “You know he’s insane.” “He’s insane, and what he did yesterday is more proof of that.”
Milley responded, “I agree with you on everything.”
According to the Washington Post’s extract, Milley began to believe that Trump had “suffered a mental deterioration following the election.”
But here’s the thing: Trump was the same person before, during, and after the 2020 presidential election, as he was on Jan. 6, 2016. He’s also the same person he was decades ago.
Trump has been true to form throughout most of his 75 years, whether you like him or not. His fans adore him because of his sincerity.
Is it possible that Trump’s mental state deteriorated in 2020, making him much more dangerous than before? No. Anyone paying attention might see that he would sooner burn down the house than admit loss after the 2020 presidential election.
He also predicted electoral fraud before the 2016 election, and he continues to spread the same lie now.
Because he doesn’t change, it’s completely predictable. Those who supported or advised him in the hope of a different outcome were delusory.
That fact is the source of the dangers that the nation, the rule of law, and our institutions still face.
Trump is still being embraced and propagated by the Republican Party. There’s still a lot that might go wrong. We also can’t depend on renegade military commanders to defend us from rogue presidents.
Milley had additional reasons to be concerned than Trump’s mental condition.
According to the extracts, intelligence assessments suggested that Chinese officials were apprehensive of a random attack, and Milley was concerned that their concerns might cause them to react violently.
Milley had similar reservations about Trump’s stance on Iran. Amid Trump’s notorious walk across Lafayette Square during demonstrations in Washington in June 2020, the general was also an unhappy cast member.
After the incident, he had to reassure his friends that “we’re not going to turn our weapons on the American people, and we’re not going to have a ‘Wag the Dog’ situation abroad.”
“Wag the Dog” isn’t the first film to warn of politicians and military leaders using war to secure their power, only to watch the conflict spiral out of control.
The film “Dr. Strangelove” is a timeless masterpiece. Another oldie, “Seven Days in May,” recounts the story of a failed military revolution in Washington, which was staged to prevent nuclear disarmament negotiations from taking place.
The tragedy of the Trump years is that what was previously only seen in movies has now become a reality.
Milley’s military service is something I admire, and I’m happy he took the measures he did. But the fact that he had to work around Trump shows how messed up things are.
Milley is a smart and devoted public servant who was fully aware of the consequences of his conduct.