General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Cheifs of Staff, has not been having a wonderful week, and things seem to be getting worse by the day.
It all began as pundit began scouring advanced copies of a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa that detailed the final few weeks of Donald Trump’s first term in office. I that tome, the pair described a series of events that General Milley was part and parcel to that seemed to indicate that he was overstepping his authority in order to throw a wet blanket on Donald Trump’s role as Commander in Chief.
Several incidents were mentioned in the book, including a number of phone calls to China in which Milley told his counterparts in Beijing that they’d be warned should Trump decide to make a move against them.
Americans began to cry “treason”, demanding the General’s resignation.
Now, as it turns out, Milley’s misbehavior went far beyond that.
E. Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, claimed that Milley — who, according to the book, “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, called his Chinese counterpart twice to tell him that the US would not attack Beijing — routinely violated the bounds of his authority.
Wardynski said Milley and chief of staff of the US Army Gen. James McConville engaged in a “pattern of behavior” to thwart President Donald Trump.
“These kinds of behaviors and this willingness for military leaders to exceed their authorities and ignore authorities of the civilian officials appointed over them … positions under the Constitution and laws of the country was not something that came to them on Jan. 8,” Wardynski told Fox News.
Then came some far more serious language.
“It was something that they had done for a while.”
Milley remains in office still today, despite a plethora of calls for his resignation or ouster over the scandal.