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Most Americans do not know that in the United States currently there are approximately 900 Active-duty generals and flag officers to lead 1.3 million troops in the combined armed forces. This is a ratio of one senior officer per every 1,400 men and women. During World War II, an admittedly different era, there were roughly twice as many flag and general officers for a little more than 12 million active duty troops a ratio of one to 6,000. In the Navy there are 32 flag officers for each ship currently in commission. In 1944, there was one flag officer for every 24 ships.

This development is referred to as “rank creep” which does not improve performance and instead clutters the chain of command by adding multiple bureaucratic layers to decision-making while also costing more due to funding the higher paygrades. And lest one be confused about why there continue to be so many flag officers, possibly concluding that they are needed to provide the leadership to fight wars, it could be pointed out that most of them will never get anywhere near combat even if the U.S. continues its belligerency on a global scale in an effort to establish and enforce its leadership of a fictional “rules based international order.”

It turns out that current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley was, during the latter days of the Donald Trump Administration, talking to his counterparts in China as well as to some folks in Congress who had no love for Trump. Some of the conversations were routine, but others were apparently driven by the notion that Donald Trump just might do something stupid like starting a war unless some restraints were placed on his ability to do mischief. Inevitably, there have emerged major differences of opinion regarding the propriety of what Milley was engaged in, with Democrats in general and Trump haters in particular finding no problem with the intrusion into policy-making while many Republicans have been calling for a thorough investigation to include possible consequences up to and including court-martial.

The various conversations were reported in a just released book “Peril” written by Bob Woodward and, Robert Costa and, based on a claimed 200 interviews, are generally conceded to be accurate by both sides to include the Milley camp plus the journalists involved. Some of the calls at least were made with other officials in the room and on separate phone lines, though there were also conversations with politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, that were clearly considered off-the-record as they dealt with keeping nuclear weapons out of the president’s hands.

Milley, according to the book, reportedly told the Chinese General Li Zuocheng in a back-channel phone call that had as a subject the possibility that the president might order an attack directed against China, something in the nature of a “surprise attack.” He reportedly said “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.” Milley apparently justified the action by stating that he disapproves of surprise attacks in principal and his defenders cite the example of “Pearl Harbor,” which was viewed so repugnantly by the American public that something like a war of extermination became inevitable. Unstated by the Milley supporters, though implicit in their argument, is the assumption that Donald Trump was both ignorant and a loose cannon on deck who would do something stupid like initiating a conflict with China.

Milley also shared his view that Trump had experienced a “mental decline” after the election with Nancy Pelosi in a phone call to her on January 8th, two days after the alleged insurrection at the Capitol. Pelosi reportedly demanded that Milley take the nuclear launch codes away from Trump, which admittedly he did not seek to do. On the same day Milley also reviewed procedures with the senior officers at the National Military Command Center for launching nuclear weapons, insisting that he also had to be involved. To be completely clear, Milley had no legal authority or power to insert himself into the chain of command, though “Peril” reports that he did just that and at a minimum he was acting “extra-constitutionally” in his interpretation of his government role.

But it is the outreach to China is most disturbing. It is indeed possible to regard Donald Trump negatively while at the same time responding rationally with one’s international nuclear armed adversaries. One does not know what Milley intended to do by his phone call, but “Peril” makes the case, without providing any evidence, that “American intelligence showed that the Chinese believed that Mr. Trump planned to launch a military strike to create an international crisis that he could claim to solve as a last-ditch effort to beat Joseph R. Biden Jr.” In any event, it is unlikely that the Milley phone call reassured Li of anything. Indeed, Li and the Chinese government would have only two possible responses to the threat. First would be to shut up shop, batten down the hatches, and sit still for punishment. The other option would be to preemptively strike U.S. forces in and around China which presumably would be used for the attack. Either option could easily lead to a nuclear exchange once things cease to go according to plan, presuming that the surprise attack itself was not intended to include nuclear weapons in the first place.

Colonel Richard Black observes sagely that “If the report of Milley’s intentions is accurate, he should be relieved for cause, for though he did not consummate a criminal act by making that promise, the promise was so fraught with impropriety that an officer who betrayed his government in such fashion should ever be trusted to serve. Indeed, it is likely that had his Chinese counterpart made such a promise to General Milley, he’d have been executed for doing so.”

Beyond the disruption of the chain of command and ignoring the Constitution, there are, of course, some other problems with Milley’s line of thinking. Trump has, to be sure, demonstrated enough irrational behavior to make one suspect that he is not in full possession of all his marbles, but that is not the point. He was elected president of the United States and the U.S. Constitution was set up to ensure civilian control of the military, not vice versa.

And there is no solid evidence, only innuendo, that Trump ever seriously contemplated war with China. Indeed, he ran for office pledging to end the pointless wars that Washington was engaged in in Asia and towards the end of his administration he negotiated an exit from Afghanistan, which Joe Biden then postponed before bungling the evacuation. Trump did indeed assassinate a senior Iranian General and also launched cruise missiles against Syria based on bad intelligence, but otherwise his record is significantly better than that of his predecessor Barack Obama who both initiated and broadened the policy of assassinating American and Afghan citizens overseas by drone and also was party to the overthrow of the Libyan government while also conniving to replace the government of Ukraine.

In any event, in America war is clearly playing politics by other means. President Joe Biden has already declared that he has full confidence in Milley. Several Republican Senators, including Marco Rubio, have instead demanded that he be fired. Given the fact that at least one of the general’s phone calls to his Chinese counterpart could have started a war that might have gone nuclear, he should at least have the integrity to resign and take up his expected board appointment with a defense contractor.

Philip Giraldi, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.

 
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  1. We’re now 8 months in to the Biden White House, and it’s been non-stop chaos and dysfunction.

    Insiders have enough gruel to put together tell-all books about the goings on behind the scenes. Will these books be forthcoming? It’s doubtful, because it could be career suicide.

    In ‘Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House'(2018), Michael Wolff alleges that “Roger Stone…spread the dark scenario that Mattis, McMaster and (General) Kelly had agreed no military action would ever be taken unless the three were in accord – and that at least one of them would remain in Washington if the others were away.” Sound familiar?

    Military decisions don’t flow from the President without consulting a chain of command. Lately, presidents have been a rubber stamp or a veto. The Deep State plans the wars.

  2. What is dumber?

    Pants-are-gone or F-be-Idiot?

    Hindu finally says something decent:

  3. Anonymous[428] • Disclaimer says:

    Kinda hard to call China from the stockade. This dewsh should face a court martial.

  4. I’ve got no regard–zip, zilch, nada–for General Mark Milley, USA. “Thoroughly Postmodern Milley” (as John Derbyshire aptly tagged him) is a craven, politically correct hack.

    Giraldi’s comments on the bloated American officer corps are well taken. It’s top-heavy with brass.

    • Thanks: Alternate History
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  5. CCZ says:

    “…approximately 900 Active-duty generals and flag officers…”

    Definitely a little bloated and over-funded to have a GENERAL for public affairs.

    Army’s Top General for Public Affairs Suspended, Investigated for Toxic Leadership

    Stars and Stripes, 24 September 2021, By Rose L. Thayer

    The Army’s top general for public affairs has been suspended as the service inspector general investigates allegations of counterproductive and toxic leadership, officials confirmed Thursday.

    Brig. Gen. Amy Johnston, chief of public affairs, was placed on special duty pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation, said Cynthia O. Smith, an Army spokeswoman.

  6. Right_On says:

    In the Führer’s day, we used meat hooks and piano wire to hang traitors like General Milley. A bit barbaric, so I suppose a bullet will do today.

  7. @beavertales

    It’s doubtful, because it could be career suicide.

    Arkancide.

  8. @Priss Factor

    “Defund the FBI. Shut down the FBI. Then indict and prosecute the leadership of the FBI. . . .”

    D’Souza’s got that right. The Federal Bullshitters of Investigation is a corrupt agency, almost a law unto itself. . . .

  9. @Orville H. Larson

    In a way, it’s a great moment for the Right to finally cut ties with super-capitalism and the military state. For too long, the Right was under the impression that Big Money was synonymous with individualism & freedom and that the military and federal agencies were about patriotism and national security. This made the Right unwilling to probe into the abuses and corruption of the US military and agencies like FBI and CIA. And the Right failed to critique the culture of greed because Big Business was supposed to be ‘conservative’.

    But as the big business, military, and the deep state are all on the side of the globalists, the Right can finally go into critical mode and be free to speak its mind about what is wrong with society. It’s a path to freedom.

    It’s like what the fall of communism meant for the Left. For too long, the Left knew there were so many problems with communism and radical socialism, but it also obligated to defend them and/or overlook their abuses and crimes out of ideological solidarity. But when communism fell, the Left suddenly felt free of this burden. It liberated the Left.
    But then, the Left used this freedom badly. It just embraced every capitalist deviancy and decadent excess.

    The Right, freed of any sense of obligation to the military and deep state, can focus on culture too but in a sane and responsible way. It can defend what is healthy, sane, and normal.

    It can be a true culture war between regeneration and degeneration.

  10. In a much saner time in the U.S., General Milley would have been hung for treason, a punishment reserved for high treason. A firing squad would have been considered as too standard a punishment. Today, he gets the option of resigning or not. Crazy.

  11. Anon[269] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    Elections are so 2016. That ship has sailed and Elvis has left the building too.

  12. Generally when I read a Giraldi essay, I’m nodding in agreement. Not this time.

    Trump was and remains an ignorant loose cannon. Moving a dumbass into the White House doesn’t change him in any way whatever.

    He was elected president of the United States and the U.S. Constitution was set up to ensure civilian control of the military, not vice versa.

    One more time – that’s total BS. Avoiding a nuclear war is far more important than constitutional worship.

  13. TKK says:

    I wonder why the PT and BMI requirements for any enlisted person do not apply to this obese, smug , physically and morally repellent traitor?

    Indeed, it is likely that had his Chinese counterpart made such a promise to General Milley, he’d have been executed for doing so.”

    And that’s why the CCP has nothing to fear from fat dumb woke Americans. We cut our own throats.

    For all the screeching and faux outrage on Fox, Newsmax and Briebart- nothing will happen to Milley or his Affirmation Action obese counterpart Austin.

    Things are happening quickly now. It’s all unraveling.

  14. @beavertales

    Perhpas the 3.5 trillion for Mainstreet should be handed over now to the Military—–it has only been entitled to a Trillion per year over the past 5 years?

  15. @beavertales

    Michael Wolff!!!??? You cannot be serious!!!!!!!!!

  16. Milley should be fired. This sort of intriguing and failure to respect civilian authority can’t be tolerated.

    If he really believes that what he did was necessary, he can see himself as a martyr. Others have made nobler sacrifices and quietly accepted worse fates. Sometimes that’s the hand you’re dealt. You don’t always get a medal.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  17. @Anon

    Stealing elections is as America as apple pie and napalm.

  18. @CCZ

    And a couple of hundred golf courses for the top brass. What a racket!!

  19. chris says:

    But clearly Millie wouldn’t have done this on his own. His calls would have been “monitored” by the NSA, etc, and knowing that, he would have gotten everyone’s approval beforehand.

    This would have certainly been coordinated with the Democratic Party (treason department) and, what I suspect, the very secretive Continuity of Government organization.

    So for that reason alone there won’t be any accountability for him or for any of them. They all pretend to be in a state of panic in order to avail themselves of extraordinary powers which they then expand.

    Unlike general Jack Ripper (Dr Strangelove) Milley is too much of a coward to have done this on his own, but like Ripper he’s off his rocker.

    I presume he was talked into believing this crap in these coordination meetings because they thought he was stupid enough to do so.

  20. Jon Chance says: • Website

    At what point do citizens wake up and understand their nation was hijacked by a hostile foreign power long ago?

    Is the so-called “news” so addictive that nobody pays attention to history and reality?

    https://911review.Com

    http://TheMoneyMasters.Com

    http://Libertarian.Org

    https://PlandemicSeries.Com

    https://NRA.org

    • Agree: Druid55
    • Thanks: W
  21. WTF is “Joseph R. Biden Jr.” ? Sounds like a splendid fellow. Wish we had him in the White House instead of that senile old fool Joe.

    • Replies: @Weave
  22. Catilina says:

    I wonder what is the ratio of generals in the proverbial Mexican Army?

  23. Catilina says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    How about making him a five stars’ general?

  24. Tom Welsh says:

    ‘He reportedly said “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”’

    Where have I seen something like that before?

    Oh yes – “Night at the Museum 2: The Battle of the Smithsonian”. Where General Custer, after long thought, tells the group about his cunning plan.

    “I will shout, ‘Attack!’” Then we attack”.

    • Replies: @Ryan2
  25. Tom Welsh says:

    ‘…his defenders cite the example of “Pearl Harbor,” which was viewed so repugnantly by the American public that something like a war of extermination became inevitable’.

    Which is no doubt why, in its scores of invasions and attacks on foreign countries since 1945, the USA has not once declared war.

    “What a filthy, low-down, vile, inhuman trick!…
    “Hmmm….”

    • Replies: @HdC
    , @mulga mumblebrain
  26. Tom Welsh says:

    “He was elected president of the United States and the U.S. Constitution was set up to ensure civilian control of the military, not vice versa”.

    And there is your problem. (One of them, at least). The U.S. Constitution was written by men (yes, they were all men) who had no notion of thermonuclear or biological weapons.

    Put that together with H.L. Mencken’s prescient warning a century ago that, “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron”.

    And you have a serious difficulty. Give the decision to use nuclear weapons to the armed forces – or reserve it to an ignorant, prejudiced civilian who is the heart’s desire of the plain folks of the land?

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    , @Dave Bowman
  27. Sean says:

    Nothing wrong with a general going into politics, after he has achieved something as a soldier. Milley made the US deterrent much less valuable. The Chinese now know orders will not be obeyed without question. Kissinger used the threat of a crazy Nixon as a negotiating ploy.

    In any event, it is unlikely that the Milley phone call reassured Li of anything. Indeed, Li and the Chinese government would have only two possible responses to the threat. First would be to shut up shop, batten down the hatches, and sit still for punishment. The other option would be to preemptively strike U.S. forces in and around China which presumably would be used for the attack. Either option could easily lead to a nuclear exchange once things cease to go according to plan….

    Yes. There is no telling what Milley might have precipitated. And as he had all but told the Chinese that he had appropriated control of US thermonuclear weapons, it is very likely there would have been a big delay on a US counter strike. This would have entered into Chinese calculations, and will continue to do so.

    Milley said of China “they’ll probably drop into the range of normalcy of 3-5 percent growth”. Western index funds and corporate sectors know better don’t pay attention to what they say, just look at what they are doing with the free money pandemic stimulus: invested in China. It was not ready for a showdown with the US, but in in twenty years it will be. No Americans civilian or American will be under any illusions about Chinese growth by then.

    Indeed the next controversial America head of the Joint Cheifs will be a US version of Nikolai Ogarkov

    “Soviet technology is a generation or two behind America. In your country, even small children play with computers. We do not even have them in every office of the Defense Ministry. And for reasons you well know, we cannot easily make computers available in our society. Economic reforms are sorely needed, but they will most likely also entail political reforms.”

    America’s Ogarkov will be sacked of course. History will be very kind to Trump as prescient about China. But then the Chinese will be writing that history so maybe not.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  28. @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Trump has, to be sure, demonstrated enough irrational behavior to make one suspect that he is not in full possession of all his marbles, but that is not the point. He was elected president of the United States and the U.S. Constitution was set up to ensure civilian control of the military, not vice versa.

    Thus Milley is not just insubordinate; yes, he’s a traitor. Funny thing: when the lefties call someone out as a traitor, they mean he’s a traitor to their ’cause’. When one of them–like Milley–is actually a traitor, it’s because he’s betrayed the nation. Or what’s left of it.

    And if a president not being in complete control of his marbles justified action, well I’ll just skip the obvious observations about the current occupant of the White House. TPTB don’t bat an eyelash.

    And there is no solid evidence, only innuendo, that Trump ever seriously contemplated war with China. Indeed, he ran for office pledging to end the pointless wars…

    Further enraging TPTB.

    • Agree: Polistra
    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  29. @Orville H. Larson

    Even the ‘Conservativism, Inc.’ characters at the WSJ editorial board have this one right. The FBI has devolved into nothing more than the enforcement arm of the wokische swamp, which itself is wrapping its tentacles ever tighter around what used to be the greatest nation on earth.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/abolish-fbi-durham-indictment-russia-collusion-clinton-sussman-strzok-comey-corruption-11632256384

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
    • Thanks: Orville H. Larson
  30. GMC says:

    If Milley or any other General, really had the Country in their best interests , They should have saved the Place – a long long time ago. The NeoCons, MIC etc. run the show and Milley works for them, so this is where the Constitution and all those “Constitutional lawyers” – kinda went wrong – it stops the Military from taking over the treasonist show , but lets the civilians run everything , and the civilians are all foreign agents. Which is where/when the Military – should have stepped in and took care of business – but sold us out instead.
    The so called teachers at West Point and the rest of the bought off War Colleges , should have been teaching this shit – right after Nam. As it stands there are millions of Treasonists working for NWO not the USA. Game Over –

  31. Trump has, to be sure, demonstrated enough irrational behavior to make one suspect that he is not in full possession of all his marbles

    You see, when you say shit like that? You lost me. To be sure? Irrational behavior? It makes one suspect?

    Ok, Sherlock, what the fuck are you even talking about?

    Specifically.

    Why do you make an idiot of yourself?

    You have a great column, and then you take a shit on yourself with this nonsense.

    What is wrong with you?

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @Blodgie
    , @Emslander
  32. @CCZ

    “Investigated for Toxic Leadership”

    “Brig. Gen. Amy Johnston, chief of public affairs…”

    “Cynthia O. Smith, an Army spokeswoman.”

    I think we can see “toxic feminism” at work in America’s woke army.

    • Replies: @Bubba
  33. anon[301] • Disclaimer says:

    they rolled Milly out as a just in case trump makes a comeback.because he will.yes he will because Joe ain’t so.and take that squirt off the table ffs.now yah bananahead.jesus wept where do the they find these fuckers.

  34. Milley, according to the book, reportedly told the Chinese General Li Zuocheng in a back-channel phone call that had as a subject the possibility that the president might order an attack directed against China, something in the nature of a “surprise attack.”

    This is surreal.

  35. dearieme says:

    Permit me the chance to blow a raspberry at the amount of fruit salad these chaps sport on their chests nowadays. Milley’s looks like the chest of a Marshall of the Soviet Union, but at least those old commies had won a war against the Wehrmacht rather than lost one against a bunch of goatherds.

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    , @Georgiaboy61
  36. If this was a serious country, this POS would be behind bars, as would Fraudci and a cast of thousands.

    In related news, I guess the two ((( crooks ))) at (((The Fed))) busted for insider trading can just retire, so no need to file criminal charges!

    And some worry about seceding from this shitshow? IT IS TO LAUGH.

  37. Bro43rd says:

    Shut down the FBI, CIA, FDA, DOE, DEA etc etc. And pare back the military to about 5% of its size & budget. The entire federal government is a colossal waste of time, energy and money. Secession or some sort of balkanisation is the only hope for the people.

    • Replies: @Montefrío
  38. gotmituns says:
    @Right_On

    meat hooks
    ———————————-
    I like the idea of meat hooks. But the body should be left hung out where the people could watch it disintergrate.

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @Wielgus
    , @Brooklyn Dave
  39. @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    He’s not dead yet so execution is always on the table as an option for a future administration and one that clearly must be implemented for what he did. If the US gets into a shooting war with China I would think the last thing anyone would want is that traitor still living and breathing lest he phones his best chum with more information. The fact Pelosi etc were also involved shows equal treason on their parts and the sentence for them must be the same come any war with China.

  40. Rich says:

    Did I miss something? What’s all this talk of Trump acting “irrationally”? He governed like a moderate republican, cut some regulations and some taxes. Anything else? This trick of accusing political opponents of mental illness is an old communist trick and I’m surprised Giraldi has bought into it. The US Marine Corps is now using it against the colonel who spoke up against the actions of his superiors in the Afghanistan withdrawal. He’s being held under guard for “psychological evaluation “, according to reports. It’s “crazy” to them to throw away your pension to point out the criminal incompetence of you superior officers.

  41. Fred777 says:

    General Li’s primary thought during that phone call had to be “What system made this idiot a general?”

    • Agree: follyofwar
    • Thanks: Right_On
    • Replies: @Resartus
  42. Funny, really, to read about claims of Trump’s irrationality when the current occupant of The Oval Office must be constantly monitored by his staff, lest he embarass himself yet again, and seems incapable of handling even his most personal hygiene.

    If one day soon Joe Biden accidentally blows up Canada, I doubt anyone will bat an eye. (Sorry there, Justin.)

  43. xyzxy says:
    @Zachary Smith

    One more time – that’s total BS. Avoiding a nuclear war is far more important than constitutional worship.

    Is that you, Mark, posting under an assumed name? Come to think of it, you do look like and have a lot in common with that weasel Lost in Space doctor. I notice you’ve put on a few pounds over the years. Unlimited buffet night with open bar at the officer’s club?

  44. Weave says:
    @James J O'Meara

    Joseph R. Biden Jr.

    That sounded a little too cozy for my ears, too. An odd choice in the very least.

  45. Z-man says:

    Yes top heavy, the reverse pyramid of organization. As I used to say when I was in gov’mint ‘take out 40% of executive staff and you wont miss a beat.
    Milley’s shortcomings goes back to the assassination of the Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani. He didn’t have the balls to stand up to Trump and his Zionist masters then, and he doesn’t have the honor to resign now. He should be ‘drawn and quartered!’

  46. @chris

    What we’re seeing is a bunch of grown men who were reveling in belonging to a Mean Girls clique.

    Projecting all of their worst character flaws onto Trump the interloper, they’d critique and plot against him behind his back, accusing him of things he wasn’t going to do.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @chris
  47. Jim H says:

    ‘To be completely clear, Milley had no legal authority or power to insert himself into the chain of command.’ — Philip Giraldi

    Okay. So who, in nuclear-armed Israel, is included in the launch decision?

    Turning a blind eye, the US does not even officially admit that Israel has nuclear weapons, much less press for direly needed IAEA inspections.

    Who will cast out the mote from America’s eye that the Lobby surgically inserted?

    • Replies: @Mevashir
  48. In a country that has been taken over by the MIC from before President Eisenhower’s farewell address, it is time for those who have eyes to see that the so called ‘civilian rule’ is just the veneer that hides the unbridled control that the military have over the nation with ever ballooning offence budgets where the docile bipartisan vote of the Demopublican one party state never fails to disappoint the beneficiaries of the scam.

    The prosecution of Milley will happen when pigs fly.

  49. Blodgie says:

    Milley is the guy leading your kids in the military to their deaths you clueless, flag-waving, war-loving Tradcon fools.

    Stop joining!

    • Replies: @Jim H
  50. @Bro43rd

    Actually, I’m not so sure about “secession or balkanisation” as the only hope, but I fully agree the federal gov must be pared down and a delusions of imperial grandeur put out to pasture.

  51. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:
    @Right_On

    Hanging Milley Vanilley with piano wire is a capital idea. Along with Senile Joe and a slew of his cabinet and Congress critters.

    Just make sure to put it on Pay per View, so I can check it out while downing a few cold ones.

  52. @Zachary Smith

    Avoiding a nuclear war is far more important than constitutional worship

    Well, as I read the Constitution, it vests Congress with the power to declare war, not the President or the Deep State (and its fat generals). What we have in practice, however, is Congress granting extremely broad authorization for the President to apply military force, and that authorization being further delegated to the Deep State with few checks and balances or accountability given the power of the Deep State to adjuducate the legality of its acts and cover up its crimes.

    Generals directed by a rogue President to launch an illegal, undeclared war can resist by sticking to their oath to uphold the Constitution and refusing to obey the illegal order. It is then the responsibility of Congress to impeach and remove the rogue President. The solution is not for rogue generals to supplant Congress by lending aid and comfort to a potential enemy. That is treason. Milley should be indicted and court martialed.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  53. “In the Navy there are 32 flag officers for each ship currently in commission. In 1944, there was one flag officer for every 24 ships.”

    And the bastards can’t win a war against a ragtag gang of thugs living in caves, worshipping a deity whose earthly representative flew around the Levant on a donkey capturing not only Mecca and Medina but the then Wall Street of the world, viz. Jerusalem.

    Perhaps, we need a few hajis in paki pajamas with box cutters on board those billion dollar vessels to guide the doofuses to victory.

    P. S. Mark Milley is a disgrace for kowtowing to the chinaman; instead, he should have shown utter loyalty to his commander-in-chief, no matter how crude Donald J. Trump could be at times. No wonder we’ve become the laughing stock of the World!

    • Replies: @Saladin
  54. Blodgie says:
    @restless94110

    💯 % agree

    His wife probably thought Trump was kind of mean

    • LOL: Joseph Doaks
  55. Emslander says:
    @Orville H. Larson

    Giraldi’s comments on the bloated American officer corps are well taken. It’s top-heavy with brass.

    They’re nothing more than an armed extension of the Deep State. The Washington crowd knew better than we voters who the enemy was. It was US!

    Trump ought to have moved for early retirement of most of the bloated general officer corps on good terms and then ordered them to leave. It may or not have been possible, but the breakup of the military/bureaucratic complex should have been his first priority.

  56. Emslander says:
    @chris

    There are no “rogue” government leaders. The whole government has gone rogue, from its nominal rulers, the voters. The voters are their enemy.

    • Agree: Robert Bruce, chris
    • Replies: @Niebelheim
  57. bjondo says:

    Guantanamo is still open for business.
    Milley/Mildred belongs there. Till death do him/it part.

    Trump very rational, level headed, and one of a hand full of
    patriotic (not baloney) politicians, along with Richard Black.

    For 2024, Trump-Black.

    5 dancing shlomos

    • Replies: @W
  58. Yeah…but General Mark Milley is an outstanding Rosie O’Donnell impersonator……certainly a good career move in today’s US Military…A Global Force for Gl0bal Homosexual Filth and Disease!!!….See your US Military Recruiter’s sphincter today……

  59. Emslander says:
    @restless94110

    Trump’s insistence on clarity in ballot creation in the critical swing states and his insistence on carrying out his election to drain the Milley swamp were madness to the criminal election perpetrators and to Milley, of course. It was madness to the official opinion writers in D.C.

    The thing is, the core of the country is experiencing every day the failure of liberalism and is correct in wanting it stuffed into the dustbin of history. To the mad, sanity is irrational.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  60. Wielgus says:
    @gotmituns

    That’s what I like about the Unz commentariat. Its great hatreds are rarely spoiled by small compassions.

    • Replies: @Old and Grumpy
    , @Right_On
  61. @Zachary Smith

    Trump was demonstrably less belligerent and more circumspect than Hillary Clinton. Which, of course, is why Milley and the Deep State hated him. He’s a bellicose guy who takes calculated risks. He is neither “ignorant” nor a “dumbass.” That’s just your derangement.

    Conservatives hated him because he showed up their cozy little game of debating marginal tax rates every year and otherwise doing zero to advance an actually conservative agenda.

    • Agree: Mevashir
    • Replies: @Blodgie
  62. anon[617] • Disclaimer says:

    … he should at least have the integrity to resign and take up his expected board appointment with a defense contractor.

    IMHO “general” Milley would be perfect as board member for that company that sells \$800 toilet seats to the pants-uh-gone.

    appropriate since Milley and his ilk are taking all of us down the crapper

  63. @Anon

    Elections were a real joke for a lot longer than 2016. George HW Bush threw the 1992 election with a rather half hearted effort. The GOP threw the 1996 election making damn sure Buchanan would lose out to a rather bland Dole, with the help of the MSM. They did the same in 2008, and 2012 with 2 RINOs, shutting down the dynamic Paul down via the MSM and party chicanery.

    • Replies: @Catdog
    , @Joseph Doaks
  64. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Could you imagine the collective shit hemorrhage (((The Left))) and their Ministry of Propaganda/MSM would be having if a US General phoned a Russian General in the same manner during the Halfrican’s presidency, or now with Senile Joe in the White House?

  65. Jim H says:
    @Blodgie

    ‘Stop joining!’ [the military] — Blodgie

    If rural areas are hotbeds of vaccine hesitancy — and rural youths are the backbone of the military — it follows that universal vaccine requirements for soldiers will produce shortfalls of enlistees.

    Of course, it will take a year for this news to filter up through the fifteen or twenty layers of command to the totally uninformed incompetents at the top.

    No one could possibly have seen this coming.

  66. The US Military is:

    1)Global Homosexual Pederasty

    2)Openly harbors intense RACIAL HATRED towards the Native Born White American Working Class….yet at the same uses Native Born White American Heartland Youth to enforce Hillary Clinton’s Global Homosexual Filth and Disease Foreign Policy….

    White “Men” who rise to the top of the US Military are onboard with 1) and 2)…think Slimey General Milley…

    God how I hate the Chickenhawk Warhawk Coward…with his fake MMA skills…Sean Hannity…

    The Global Homosexual US Military will be destroyed in a war with Christian Russia…Han China…and Shia Muslim Iran…..Muslim-Christian Hezbollah….

    • Replies: @Mevashir
    , @Saladin
  67. Nuclear war and it’s curtains..

  68. TGD says:

    This is further proof that a US “deep state” exists outside of the knowledge and control of the president. One wonders what would happen if Kamala Harris should ever become president?

  69. @Wielgus

    Not true. I want Milley to be tried for dereliction of duty and treason. Then I want his little neck snapped from his rotund manlet body via a noose. All quick and easy except for the cleanup. Personally I would let the buzzards do that, because I want the birds to be fed. Now that is multiple compassions.

  70. usNthem says:
    @Orville H. Larson

    Milley is the quintessential political, bureaucratic hack “general” festooned with pretty “participation trophy” ribbons for jack squat. A real tough guy hero…

  71. @Niebelheim

    If General Milley was so convinced that the president was a loose cannon, an existential danger to the country, who might (just for kicks) start a war against China, then the honorable thing to do would have been to resign and warn the country that there was a MadMan in the White House. But Milley is obviously a man without honor. And lying senile Biden shows no honor (nothing new there) in refusing to fire him.

  72. @Emslander

    There are no “rogue” government leaders. The whole government has gone rogue, from its nominal rulers, the voters. The voters are their enemy.

    There is a constitutional check for that too – the Second Amendment speaks to it.

  73. HT says:

    Milley is the perfect man for his position in this neo-Marxist Jewocracy we find ourselves living in. Loathes whiteness and wants to kill it and will do anything to please his Democrat overlords.

    • Replies: @Niebelheim
  74. anon[231] • Disclaimer says:

    This is a big dumb boner, a moist plump turd of inexcusable ignorance besmirching the oeuvre of a gentleman who is often brainwashed but never dishonest.

    Surprise attack is a coined euphemism for the term of art undeclared war. Undeclared war is illegal in the supreme law of the land: Hague Convention (III) relative to the opening of hostilities, equivalent to federal statute as conventional international law and jus cogens. In international legal precedent, undeclared war justifies nuclear attack as a countermeasure, since the US government justified nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with Japan’s breach of Hague (III.)

    If Milley acquiesced to undeclared war he would be breaching the UCMJ and the Nuremberg Principles. If he maintained the prerogative for undeclared war he would be threatening use of force and inviting nuclear attack. The Chinese already know this.

    Think it through, for fuck’s sake. Do you guys come out and say, “We’re gonna torture the fuck out of Julian Assange?” Of course not. You say, “No, we would never do that!” then you go do it. That’s what you got here. A guy declining to make an admission against interest.

    So everybody ought to cool their jets.

  75. Mevashir says:
    @Jim H

    CIA counter espionage Chief James Jesus Angleton was a complete Zionist fanatic and did everything in his power to help the Israelis obtain illegal nuclear weapons. That has been American policy ever since.

    JFK wanted to prevent this and that is one of many reasons he was assassinated by the CIA-MIC-Zionist cabal:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14994951-jfk-and-the-unspeakable

  76. Pericles says:
    @Zachary Smith

    Trump has been outspoken against nuclear war and was overall a very peaceful president. The MIC had to lie to the commander-in-chief about Syria (but was also stupid enough to brag about it. Here is your bullet, sir.), obstruct in Ukraine (your bullet, sir), etc etc. I don’t think Trump sat and ticked off lists of people to be drone killed either, unlike Nobel Peace Prize Winner Obama. But he made peace, for example quietly shutting down islamic terrorism.

    On top of all this, it’s a sign of societal decadence that Milley and Pelosi have not immediately been jailed for their actions. Why, it almost looks like the Deep State doesn’t care much about law, order, chain of command, or other niceties.

    • Replies: @Saladin
  77. Mevashir says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    You mean we can’t prevail against a coalition of Christo-Commie-Shiits???

  78. Catdog says:
    @Robert Bruce

    Paul was ahead of his time. I think that today, with the MSM dominance broken and the establishment GOP smashed by Trump, Paul would be a shoe-in for the nomination. Too bad we don’t have a younger version of Paul around.

    • Replies: @mocissepvis
  79. The 20 year two trillion dollar US Military occupation of Afghanistan

    20 years and two trillion dollars supporting Child Rapists…..

    Pray to God Almighty in Heaven for the complete destruction of the US Military….

  80. “Indeed, it is likely that had his Chinese counterpart made such a promise to General Milley, he’d have been executed for doing so.”

    And perhaps, we should give him the option of doing a seppuku instead of execution by way of the firing squad. It would be the most honorable thing to do and not make money by sitting on a corporate board of a loathsome defense contractor.

  81. Maddaugh says:
    @dearieme

    Dont be disrespectful.

    General Millie got one bar of ribbons for properly fluffing up his pillows at his West Point dorm. All those ribbons were EARNED in a similar fashion.

    He was also decorated for showing that the human skin has unlimited potential for stretching without breaking.

  82. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s difficult to believe that the Chinese actually thought that the US would launch a surprise nuclear attack on them and that the reason would be for Trump to cinch the election. They can’t be so far out of touch with reality. This claim seems concocted. It’s more likely that this Milley character made up this scenario and floated it to the Chinese and then reassured them he had their backs. What the Chinese make of all this is anyone’s guess but it possibly created a sense of paranoia as to what the crazy Westerners had up their sleeve. Milly seems to be making up his own foreign policy. He’s extremely political yet wants no one else in the military to have any views of their own, at least not if they diverge from his. That is, if he really has any and isn’t just an opportunist playing to the winning side. At any rate he’s gone too far and should replace Stu Scheller in the brig.

  83. AndrewR says:
    @Colin Wright

    Biden and the whole deep state support him. You’re not asking a reasonable thing from him.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  84. @Emslander

    Milley, along with SecDef Esper, did their part, which was a big part, in removing Trump from office. Back when the President used them to remove protesters/rioters from the vicinity of the WH, they bristled at being used in this, what they considered, degrading matter. It mattered not to them that the rioters tried to burn down the historic St. John’s church the prior weekend, nor that their rocks and frozen water bottles injured (and could have killed) several Secret Service agents trying to prevent the breach of the WH fence, nor that Mr. Trump was forced into a WH bunker for his protection.

    Then, when Trump wanted to put down the BLM/Antifa riots by invoking the Insurrection Act, they rebelled, an act of gross insubordination. Unfortunately, Trump, for whatever reason, failed to overrule them and fire them, as he should have. So, the riots went on and on, making Trump look weaker and weaker, as the blue state governors gave him the finger. If Trump had used the active military to put down the riots, he might have won in such a landslide that the democrat/media attempts to steal the election might still not have been enough to make weak, senile Joe Biden president.

    Yes, Milley did his part for the democrats. It was too little, too late, but why didn’t Trump, before he left office, fire Milley at the same time he fired Esper?

    • Replies: @CelestiaQuesta
  85. My response to Googles Oct 1 2021 La Raza Doodle:

    THE HISTORIC NATIVE BORN WHITE AMERICAN WORKING CLASS HISTORIC MAJORITY

    THE RACE!!!!!!

    Fuck you google

    Fuck you Rosie O’Donnell impersonator General Slimey Mark Milley

    • Thanks: CelestiaQuesta
  86. The ZUS military is under zionist control and most of the generals are also CIA which is also under zionist control, the CIA control of the military is revealed by the late Col. L. Fletcher Prouty in his books, The Secret Team and JFK the CIA and Vietnam, these can be had on amazon.

    Milley is a communist, Austin is a communist and most of the generals in the ZUS military are communists or they would not be where they are, this is proven by their putting Col. Scheller in prison for his statements on the exit from Afghanistan and also the purging of the military by trying to force the covid-19 injection of mRNA on the military, all of this is proof of the communist control of the military and America.

    Communists are wreckers and destroyers and they are destroying America.

    • Thanks: CelestiaQuesta
  87. Drakejax says:

    The most compelling indication of the “conspiracy theory” that China had involvement in the BLM/Antifa riots of 2020 and the Nov 2020 election frauds is their apparent anxiety about Trump figuring it out and lashing out in his last month. They thus activated their Democrat allies (like Pelosi) to tell corrupt Milley to prevent Trump’s ability to do anything. Just like in summer 2020 when the military announced they would do nothing about actual domestic insurrection in many US cities.

    Trump was never a threat to his enemies; he could never even figure out who they were.

  88. Cking says:

    Most of this General Milley scandal is out of the MSM, so as plausible as the story goes, I trust none of it. The correct principles of government and military aside, the American people are treated to another distraction while the Greatest Depression proceeds under irrational Covid Mandates and Madness.

    What did General Milley actually do, but scare the Chinese leaders half to death, and possibly risked the communication be interpreted as a provocation. However, China’s dictum ‘Strike First and Strike Hard’ must have seemed a hopeless response China dare not take. Was Miley’s actions in concert with the Democratic, Republican, Establishment cabal? The Chinese had to be relieved by the success of the Jan. 6th, political coup. In hindsight’s perspective, historically, this is nothing like the scandals we’ve seen before, having spies in government employment, spy/lovers, blueprints for military high-tech hardware, etc.

    Being a careerist, a person who thrives in wielding power, I doubt General Milley ever took a reckless initiative all on his own; that a few generals knew as well as a few people in the Democratic Party’s leadership who owe much to China. No this ‘incident’ has broader but not dangerous implications, since Milley is still in his power. If it is demanded, like a good soldier, he’ll fall on his sword and resign.

  89. Who in his/her/xir/ver/whateverthehellpronoun’s right mind believes that Amerikastan had either the desire or the capability to start a war of choice against China over a domestic election? The same Amerikastan can’t even take on Iran, let alone North Korea, and in January was in the act of having its head handed to it on a platter by turbaned tribesmen in Afghanistan, a process now accomplished for all to see. If Milley really imagined Trump would start a war against China, he is too delusional to be in charge of a school crossing. Alternatively, he was just creating a political platform for himself, and since neither Bidet nor Harris seems likely to be in the fray in 2024, Milley may be positioning himself for a presidential nomination.

  90. @AndrewR

    ‘Biden and the whole deep state support him. You’re not asking a reasonable thing from him.’

    Others have done the equivalent. At Tsushima in 1905, the Japanese annihilated the decrepit Russian fleet. Following that squadron into the straits was a truly decrepit reserve squadron of completely obsolete vessels.

    The commander simply surrendered: to face certain obloquy and an eventual court martial upon peace and repatriation. He told his crews that he was an old man and could endure the disgrace; they were the future of the Russian navy, and he wasn’t going to pointlessly throw their lives away.

    If Milley was a man of integrity who had genuinely thought what he did was necessary, then he should have done it — and when his actions came to light and were criticized, resigned to preserve the principle of civilian control over the military. As it is, one suspects him of merely being an intriguing opportunist — and the precedent for the future isn’t good in any case.

    • Agree: CelestiaQuesta
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Wielgus
  91. “launched cruise missiles based on bad intelligence,…” Yankie new the intelligence was bad, Yankie concocted the intelligence, or more the point contrived the situation about which the intelligence was concocted.

  92. TKK says:

    I almost hate to share this, as it is so infuriating and sad.

    Before my brother was able to work overseas for KBR, he was a procurement and supply chain foreman at MacDill Airforce Base and also at Fort Bragg.

    When these Generals move to a new base, they are treated like gold, catered to and cosseted on a level the General Public does not understand.

    Let’s say they go to base housing and the previous occupants lived there 9 months. These are big houses, kitted out with the best money can buy.

    But, if the General’s wife wants new furniture- she gets it. Down to the wicker furniture on the porch. It is all taken out and she gets brand new stuff. Usually about 60K allowance. Even if the existing furniture looks brand new. Doesn’t matter.

    Some of the stuff is put in the warehouse.

    But just like leaving 85 Billion to arm the Taliban and Co., most of it is lost- to thieving employees, mistakenly thrown away or filtered down to the dorms where the Enlisted use it for a few months. This happens thousands of times a year, for the past 40 years.

    The staggering money pit that is the military is hard to comprehend.

    Milley’s entitlement has been carefully nurtured and grown for 30 years. He is used to having his boots licked EVERYWHERE HE GOES. He can’t be questioned. Literally. And that is how an obese, mediocre conformist secures a life where he is treated like a God.

    If he could somehow be brutally punished, it would be a watershed moment that could change the American military profit industry.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  93. The despicable fat general Milley Virus is a walking replica of your typical third world heavily littered POS dictators with medals of disgrace received for observing innocent people being slaughter by American/NATO/ Allied forces who run around the world playing war games on the tax payers dime.

    Have they started issuing ‘Rainbow, BLM, Antifa, Holocaust ribbons and medals for the greatest battle since Pearl Harbor, the January 6th Insurrection? I axing fo uh friend in the hood, y’all noz Troof!!!

    The current clown show is nothing more than reruns of past clown shows using diversity mandated AA Magik Negro Hoodrats, Wet Backs, White Wiggers and your favorite GlobalHomo LGBTIQPWXYZ pervert as lead actors authorized by (((Film Actors Guild))) who save the world/universe from White aliens from white outta spaces.

  94. Treg says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    And that mafia broad Pelosi, too?

  95. SafeNow says:

    Pearl Harbor was called a “sneak” attack for maybe 50 years and then it was changed to
    ”surprise” for politically correct reasons. “Sneak” derived from the fact that at the time of the attack, Japanese diplomats were concurrently in Washington professing peaceful intentions. “Surprise attack” makes no sense because all attacks are surprise attacks. (Well, I can think of one counter-example, which is when Israel drops leaflets in Gazza prior to a retaliatory strike on a building, the leaflets warning the residents to get the heck out of the building.) I am not an expert in military history, so please correct me if my understanding is wrong.

  96. I think you’re writing is great overall but I must correct you on this.

    The link you provided shows there are 1.28 Flag officers per commisioned ship, not 32. 1.28 Flag officer per commisioned ship is bad enough though, especially considering that a ship that would have needed a crew of maybe a 750 sailors in 1960 an equivalent ship with todays technology needs maybe 250 sailors today.

    The overall point of your text is great though, even though I am a Trump hater since what he did in office only benefited Israel and not the USA.

  97. Blodgie says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    No, conservative men hate Trump because their conservative wives hate him and these saps live their lives to please their wives

    Everything they think and do revolves around this

    • Replies: @W
  98. Treg says:

    What a stupid baseless remark in an otherwise good essay. Is this Milley’s thinking or actually Philip Giraldi’s thinking? Nevertheless, what a stupid baseless remark in an otherwise good essay.

    “Trump has, to be sure, demonstrated enough irrational behavior to make one suspect that he is not in full possession of all his marbles, but that is not the point.”

    Such as what exactly?

    If anything Trump has been prescient. He has demonstrated that he actually has MORE marbles and wisely uses them. He has demonstrated that he has been sharp-witted, perceptive, prudent, discerning, far-sighted and sensible. Even wise.

    So Philip, tell us just “HOW” has he demonstrated that he “lost his some marbles”?

    You know who lost their marbles? The Democrat Party, China and North Korea. Thanks to their friends the democrats, the Chinese & North Korea could not understand nor predict what Trump would do – which is WISE for a Republican President who has his stated goal of ending the North Korean conflict, ending its isolation from the South Koreans and the West and most of all, putting tariffs on Chinese goods and attempting to get manufacturing to return to the Good Ol’ USA. Because they did not know, the North Korean dictator met with President Trump, walked across the national boundary, and made a deal. Aww, the Art of Negotiation. Lost his marbles or simply has MORE marbles than those he negotiated with?

    But if anyone has demonstrated “enough irrational behavior” its been the mafia daughter Nancy Pelosi. Requesting Gen. Milley to take the nuclear codes away from President Trump and over to her???? Treason. Treason. Treason. LOCK HER UP!

    But to get there, we must first take a page from the Democrats and “Defund the FBI” (meaning behind the scenes secretly restructure it by changing fundamental policies & goals, ie like getting rid of lice in one’s hair, we must de-democrat it).

    • Agree: SteveRogers42, Cking
    • Replies: @Miro23
    , @Ragno
  99. @follyofwar

    Had Trump fired Milley and Esper to shut down the DC rioters and cause a national uprising that required National Guard troops guarding polling/counting stations, Trump would have won.
    Instead we have the illegitimate Biden Regime attacking every institution in this country, and calling Trump supporters white Supremacists/domestic terrorists.

    I say the time is now that we act accordingly. Target those whom have targeted us.
    It doesn’t take much to take down the internet, hack into their servers, Phuc up their IT infrastructure just for the hell of it.
    They have no idea what the hell is coming for them.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  100. As a international mercenary force to carry out Israel’s orders, the US military does a fine job, regardless of who the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or Commander in Chief happens to be at any given time.

    With this being the case, what difference would it make if Milley were replaced with the next stooge in line?

    • Agree: Jim H
  101. @gotmituns

    Any spare seats in Congress (right next to Pelosi would be nice). It already smells so bad there they really wouldn’t notice much.

  102. Anon[159] • Disclaimer says:
    @Right_On

    In the Führer’s day, we used meat hooks and piano wire…

    Just give him a Swirlie. Imagine those bug eyes coming out of the toilet.

    No… on second thought… a Lumberjack Swirlie. Picture the eyebrows…

  103. AndrewR says:
    @Colin Wright

    Clearly he isn’t a man of integrity. Those people have been weeded out of the top brass. The US empire’s days are very numbered and I don’t understand the boomerposters lamenting that our nation’s leadership class is fully corrupt. I mean duh.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  104. @Zachary Smith

    Trump was and remains an ignorant loose cannon.

    Not to defend a coward who encouraged and abandoned his supporters on Jan. 6, but Trump is known to have deliberately acted crazy (as a tactic) to un-nerve foreign adversaries like Kim un Jong who, to his credit, refused to be intimidated.

    • Replies: @36 ulster
  105. Currahee says:

    During my time in the army, I had occasion to interact with general officers somewhat more frequently than the average g.i.
    Those whom met were good for selecting “best on-post lawn of the week” and little else.

  106. @CCZ

    “approximately 900 Active-duty generals and FAG officers…”
    There, corrected, youz welcome.

  107. General Milley really does resemble a filthy fucking brown turd…

  108. Anonymous[141] • Disclaimer says:

    “In the Navy there are 32 flag officers for each ship currently in commission.”

    Your math is way off. The ratio is ~ 1:1.

    Reminds me of the TV news person saying that Bloomberg spent a million bucks per voter.

  109. In the spring of 2018 it was Chief of Staff General Valeri Guerassimov who telephoned General Dunford, sternly warning him that should any US military intervention occur near Damascus, Russian forces would target fifty three U.S. ships including aircraft carriers stationed in the Mediterranean-gulf areas More importantly however Guerassimov made a suggestion to Dunford that President Trump be apprised of Russia’s new military weaponry and capabilities, HINT: Russia’s superior Electronic Ware-fare (EW) assets. Unz readers should take note that this communique’ was not one between the national leaders, Putin and Trump but between the Pentagon and those central offices of the Russian Ministry of Defense. In short, as technology progresses the lag or decision time required to “press the button” or not, gets shorter and shorter. Long gone are the old days of the “football” following our POTUS around wherever he goes, in today’s world that football is political theater. For example; U.S. hyper-sonic missiles are stationed within five minutes of hitting Moscow. Thus, Putin would be in no position to decide and the course of retaliatory response has already been set in stone-elsewhere. The scenario and stratagem being, cut off the head and the tail dies. However Moscow and Washington DC share in this vulnerability to hyper-sonic missiles (Russian subs lurking about less than one hundred miles off our coast) armed with such new weaponry…The protection of both Presidents Putin and Biden can not be assured moment to moment. For this reason, the senate is rarely in full session, i.e., occupied by all our representatives and senators at any one given time. Along similar lines, why there is a great redundancy in flag officers. The strategy being that sudden attack will only kill a small percentage of leadership be they political or military thus preserving resiliency (COG) against a first strike.

    There are three star generals who command our ground forces with immediate access to SADM/MADAM Atomic munitions such as the 155 mm shells, usually armed with up to ten kilotons of explosive force. ASIDE: Recently EU politicians have made some headway into removing such weaponry. In any case, the same launch authority exits for western Occident and U.S. Naval strategic submarine captains. Way back in the time machine (circa 1961), it was President Eisenhower-IKE!, a former four star general and hero of our “fatherland” who felt so insecure about allowing ranking officers in our Naval submarine patrols access to launch codes for the Polaris (nuclear tipped) missiles, that he wanted to install a high explosive abortive charge in all the SLBM’s with a (fail-safe?) destruct button always at his side.

    Sit tight and pray folks, those days of legislative and executive branch control over our fate are long gone. An extraordinary level of trust has now been placed in the hands of field commanders of one sort or another, in the US and potential adversary’s armed forces. I’d give an arm to know how the CCP is handling this situation, their in the throes of constructing a third aircraft carrier, probably justified just to keep skilled labor working, same problem we have here in the west-just what to do with all this technology and highly educated kids? a boondoggle that can only blacken our collective futures…

    • Thanks: CelestiaQuesta
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Corrupt
  110. In a world of ‘Pay To Play’ RICO Act GlobalHomo political solutions for foreign and domestic issues, Gen. Phat Phuc Milley was offered a choice he couldn’t refuse.
    Look how fast he turned on J6 patriots by invoking CRT and using his military position to undermine a sitting President. Had this been Obama, Biden or Clinton, there would be hell to pay.

    From the looks of where things stand now, USA is an occupied nation of CultMarx GlobalHomo/BLM/LaRaza Commies.

    Live Free or Die Trying.

    • Replies: @elmerfudzie
  111. @AndrewR

    ‘Clearly he isn’t a man of integrity. Those people have been weeded out of the top brass. The US empire’s days are very numbered and I don’t understand the boomerposters lamenting that our nation’s leadership class is fully corrupt. I mean duh.’

    I completely agree. I just wandered off into considering the hypothesis that if he was a decent man with some integrity and had done this thinking it was necessary…

  112. @elmerfudzie

    ‘ However Moscow and Washington DC…’

    We could trade shots. How does the average Russian feel about Moscow?

    • Replies: @elmerfudzie
  113. Technically and legally, what Milley-Poo did was wrong. One shouldn’t consort with the enemy, but is China the enemy? Then, why did US build such close economic ties with it over the years?
    Also, who determines who is or isn’t the enemy? Lots of US officials communicate about all sorts of things with Israelis and Jews all over the world. Isn’t that treason? But serving Israel never seems to be a problem. Israelis can bug phones in the White House, but even that’s okay.
    Given US’s servitude to World Jewry and Israel, it’s rather too late to speak of treason. Current US is inherently treasonous because its priority is Jews, Israel, Zion, and whatever Jews demand, like globo-homo and BLM. As American Interests are now synonymous with Jewish supremacist interests, patriotism is impossible in the US government and military.

    Still, if Milley-Poo was motivated by conscience and principles in going around Trump, it’d be somewhat understandable. But the lowlife fat punk was utterly silent when Bush and Obama were doing criminal things all over Middle East and North Africa. He took no action to save the lives of peoples in the region threatened by Jewish-controlled US. Also, he took no action against the BLM and Antifa mobs who were attacking the very heart of America. If anything, he expressed support for the thugs and ransackers.

    So, when this lowlife punk pretends he violated technicalities for the higher good, he is a lying sack of shi*. He’s just a fat cuck of the Jews.

    Incidentally, his answer on the matter of CRT is either stupid or disingenuous. He says the US military should study CRT as it also studied Maoism, Nazism, and other such ideologies. But that’s not the issue. Maoism and such were studied as the ideology of the enemy, not guides for the US military. CRT is currently pushed as the official dogma of the US military. CRT-pushers want all of US government to uncritically swallow the simpleminded nonsense of CRT.

    Either Milley-Poo is too stupid to realize this or too dishonest(and cucked) to admit what’s really happening.

    One thing for sure, he is a sack of shi*.

    • Agree: SteveRogers42
  114. Pelosi reportedly demanded that Milley take the nuclear launch codes away from Trump, which admittedly he did not seek to do. On the same day Milley also reviewed procedures with the senior officers at the National Military Command Center for launching nuclear weapons, insisting that he also had to be involved.

    Appears he did seek to take the launch codes away, so far as being able to use them—but covertly; if Millie could’ve blocked a Trump decision to launch, they would’ve been taken away by rendering useless. Hang the lout.

    so fraught with impropriety that an officer who betrayed his government in such fashion should ever be trusted to serve.

    Huh?

  115. HdC says:
    @Tom Welsh

    The US did not declare war on Germany either, but still interfered with German shipping on the high seas, sold war material to Britain, and confiscated German ships in US harbours at that time. And all the time touting its neutrality.

    In order for Germany to fight back legally from the German perspective, Hitler had no choice but to declare war on the US.

    • Replies: @Right_On
  116. I imagine Gen. Phat Phuc Milley in the Situation Room helping change Joe’s Depends before morning briefings begin.

    Gen. Phat Phuc to Joe;
    Mista president, you should hold back eating bean burritos for breakfast, try having some oatmeal with berries.
    Joe;
    Here’s the deal Phat Phuc, I’ll eat what I want and you wipe my azz. Got it phat Phuc!!!

  117. @HammerJack

    You make a good point about Trumps sometime irrational behavior. But that is a weak excuse if it’s what Milley was considering. We have a Congress, we have a Senate, we have all kinds of checks and balances on even the President. But Milley took it on himself to usurp those other channels and all by himself, interfered with something so important. We know he talked to Pelosi, not even considering the fact that that witch had already led two bogus impeachments of the President. He also talked to almost every author of every anti-Trump book. There are few excuses to justify Milley’s actions and almost none to support them.. And he even gets to decide, whether or not to resign. Something is terribley wrong here.

  118. @GeneralRipper

    Good point. The left and the right’s collective hatred of Russia is bizarre. China has, Lord knows how much larger an economy that Russia. Yet these crazies keep focused on Russia. China owns God only knows how much stuff in the U.S.. Sports teams, real estate, even the Los Angeles Times newspaper, since the owner is Chinese and Chinese businessmen are, ahum, not independent agents but connected to the communist regime. In other words, there is no real free enterprise.

  119. some_loon says:
    @TKK

    I wonder why the PT and BMI requirements for any enlisted person do not apply to this obese, smug , physically and morally repellent traitor?

    As I recall, service members above a certain age are exempt from weight or PT standards. Milley is 63.

    A few involved with the sciences get exemptions to serve well into their golden years (Adm. Rickover comes to mind).

    Not many enlisted/NCOs are over 45.

    • Replies: @Resartus
  120. chris says:
    @beavertales

    Yeah, they’re definitely operating in some distorted echo chambers and when they come out and try to speak they have no idea how bizarre they sound to normal people. Especially the dunces among them like Milley.

  121. Anonymous[240] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Milley said of China “they’ll probably drop into the range of normalcy of 3-5 percent growth”

    .

    A peace-time desk-bound Pentagon officer, claiming to be an expert on macro-economic trends. Puhleeze. Don’t insult people’s intelligence.

    That “3-5% growth rate” is a feel-good bed time story. The consensus of most economists is for China to continue with compounded growth in the 6-7% range for a very long time still. Hey, Chinese are still only at 30% of Americans by real per capita income – a WHOLE LOT of room left.

    Milley? He was trying to downplay reality as a form of “cope”. The American people probably sleep better at night for it. That’s our military, with that endearing can-do attitude, misapprehending the strategic situation until it bites us in the ass. (“The Afghan insurgency can be defeated”).

    If anyone will strike first in the Pacific, it sure as hell won’t be China. Nope, it’ll be the highly-competent, ever-confident American military. Sort of like a cross between Pearl Harbor and Barbarossa.

    But you gotta stop and think: How did those surprise aggressions end for Japan and Germany? Kick ass for the first year of the war, end up losing a war of total annihilation they started.

    I rest my case.

    • Replies: @One-off
  122. some_loon says:

    Much of this is well above my pay grade, but maybe the Milley phone call to the Chicom general was itself a veiled threat. A sort of good cop, bad cop. ‘Trump, he’s crazy, but I’ll do what I can to help us both get out of this.”

    Even if this was not the case, somebody could still spin it that way to some end.

    You have to think the recipient of the call, and others on that end, would have considered this as a possibility.

  123. @TKK

    “I wonder why the PT and BMI requirements for any enlisted person do not apply to this obese, smug, physically and morally repellent traitor?”

    Milley looks like he hasn’t missed many meals. Of course, four-star officers lead a comfortable–even luxurious–life. In addition to their huge pay and allowances, they’re given official quarters and official transportation. They have a retinue of aides and orderlies. Hell, about the only inconvenience “Thoroughly Postmodern Milley” would experience is if his limousine had a flat on the way to a White House dinner.

    “For all the screeching and faux outrage on Fox, Newsmax and Briebart–nothing will happen to Milley or his Affirmative Action obese counterpart Austin.”

    Probably not. That shows how corrupt the District of Corruption is.

  124. Heroic soldier, chest full of medals.
    Guess Millie charged machinegun placements a lot with just his pistol.
    It can’t be true USA gives awards for getting out your bunk in the morning or remembering to wipe your arse … nobody believes that any more …

    Chicken head on shoulder says it all.
    Not a guy to fuck with …
    Anytime they’re looking to fire DU into civilians or other acts of outstanding valor, the likes of Millie will be first to volunteer.

  125. anonymous[589] • Disclaimer says:

    This WHY NATO is crumbling, many traditional allies are deserting USA…Taiwan, Guantanamo, Subic Bay, etc. are in peril..and no one TRUST Gral. Milley and the USA DOD/Pentagon/JCStaff…CHINA+Nkorea+Cuba+Venezuela+Iran+Russia like vultures waiting for the carcass of the post USA World Order..a self/inflicted implosion

  126. Corrupt says:
    @Priss Factor

    They should also disestablish the ATF&E while they’re at it,

  127. Emslander says:
    @TKK

    And that is how an obese, mediocre conformist secures a life where he is treated like a God.

    Just as sad to say, I think that process is repeated now with every high level government employee, military or not. I think State Department people are handled even more delicately. So, we have a swamp led by cosseted, ignorant people who can’t be questioned, even by the President of the United States, or Congressmen in hearings. If they feel hurt or their status is disrespected by having their judgements questioned, there are ways for them to retaliate.

    Second prime example of that would be Anthony Fauci, Supreme Commander of your every bodily cell and function!

  128. @Orville H. Larson

    Heh! I’m old enough to remember when the left hated and feared the FBI.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  129. Corrupt says:
    @elmerfudzie

    “it was President Eisenhower-IKE!, a former four star general and hero of our “fatherland” who felt so insecure about allowing ranking officers in our Naval submarine patrols access to launch codes for the Polaris (nuclear tipped) missiles, that he wanted to install a high explosive abortive charge in all the SLBM’s with a (fail-safe?) destruct button always at his side.”

    In a word, NO. Ike may have wanted that, but it never happened. At the time of Polaris, the CO would receive a message from the national command authorities, which would be verified by the XO. Technically, the CO of the boat with the collusion of the XO could have ordered a strike. As evidenced, no such thing occurred, but short of having a fast attack trailing and ready to destroy the FBM, missiles would have flown. I believe todays SLBM’s do require launch codes to be used.

    • Replies: @elmerfudzie
  130. Emslander says:
    @CelestiaQuesta

    Target those whom have targeted us.

    I’ve been thinking for a long time that any insurrection ought to have been directed against those fortifications that house Facebook, Google and Amazon. That’s where the evil power rests and where its demise ought to start. Throw in a Hollywood Studio or two, as well. Going after Congress was stupid and entirely off-base. There’s no power in Congress.

    • Agree: Robjil, CelestiaQuesta
    • Disagree: Cking
  131. Facts, law, propriety: these things no longer matter.

    We are in a post-reality world. First people need to reject this system. Second people need to avoid being ensnared by the subsequent system that will be offered by the same criminals that rule this one.

  132. @Tom Welsh

    Give the decision to use nuclear weapons to the armed forces – or reserve it to an ignorant, prejudiced civilian who is the heart’s desire of the plain folks of the land?

    Plain folks choice every time over the murderous grifting losers in the military.

  133. This isn’t a new topic.

    Moreover, Defense Secretary James Schlesinger recalled years later that in the final days of the Nixon presidency he had issued an unprecedented set of orders: If the president gave any nuclear launch order, military commanders should check with either him or Secretary of State Henry Kissinger before executing them. Schlesinger feared that the president, who seemed depressed and was drinking heavily, might order Armageddon. Nixon himself had stoked official fears during a meeting with congressmen during which he reportedly said, “I can go in my office and pick up a telephone, and in 25 minutes, millions of people will be dead.” Senator Alan Cranston had phoned Schlesinger, warning about “the need for keeping a berserk president from plunging us into a holocaust.”

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/11/donald-trump-nuclear-weapons-richard-nixon-215478/

    The Saker site isn’t one I visit often, and the bookmark of the place is “trumpy crazy saker”. But every now and then they have something really worthwhile, and a recent piece was one of those.

    By now the “notorious” telephone calls of the CJCS to his Chinese and, apparently, Russian counterparts are now considered high treason. Now let’s remember the context, the US was going through a mass hysteria following the “elections” and it was totally reasonable to assume that both China and Russia would be very concerned about what might happen next. To call them and say that “our nukes are under control and no matter what political troubles we currently have will not affect that” is not high treason, but only very WISE common sense. The fact that, apparently, they did that without consulting or even getting an order from the President is absolutely very problematic and those questioning this have a very good point. But there is a saying in Russian which I like very much “rules are for the end goal (дело) and not the other way around”. As military officers the men responsible for this action had to chose between the proper chain of command and the risk of the Russians and Chinese increasing their level of readiness which, in turn, could have been interpreted by the (incompetent and mainly idiotic) US “experts” as a sign that the evil Russkies or Chink Commies were about to use the opportunity created by the internal chaos in the USA to try a first strike (does that stupid theory not sound like exactly the kind of crap civilian US ‘experts’ love to scare people with?) and would then, in turn, force the USA to got a step up in readiness, thereby confirming any possible Russian and/or Chinese suspicions.

    https://thesaker.is/more-tectonic-developments-taking-place/

    • Agree: Cking
  134. There is a very good likelihood that Milley will be prosecuted and face a Court Martial if a Republican, especially Trump returns to the White House; and thats not a far-fetched scenario unless the Dems can find someone other than Joe Biden or Kamala Harris to run in 2024.

    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  135. @CCZ

    Putting a woman in a leadership position is a stupid idea to begin with. It’s difficult to imagine why anyone expected any other outcome than this one.

    • Agree: SteveRogers42
  136. @Right_On

    A bit barbaric, so I suppose a bullet will do today.

    No, bring back piano wire and meat hooks. These clowns have escaped accountability for long enough. A “barbaric” punishment for treasonous behavior is exactly what is needed to send the message that it won’t be tolerated any longer.

  137. RobinG says:

    SENATE TO VOTE ON “IRON DOME” MONDAY

    The controversial Iron Dome vote masks the GOP’s debt ceiling strategy

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-controversial-iron-dome-vote-masks-the-gop-s-debt-ceiling-strategy/ar-AAP0H5l?ocid=msedgntp

    “…nine [House] members (8 Democrats and 1 Republican), opposed last week’s vote, but the measure still passed with more than 400 votes.”

  138. anon[360] • Disclaimer says:

    Has anyone noticed how this prissy little tempest in a teapot guides your thoughts, if you’re a moron? It brings up surprise attack only to whisk it away in the MILSPEC indoctrinated reflex battle royal of the shitheads: TREASON! HERO! TREASON!! HERO!!! TREASON!!!1 &c. &c.

    Let’s back up a bit and see. Because it just so happens that Russia, China, and Iran have all formally stated they have evidence that SARS-COV-2 is a US surprise attack. By making this all about some army surplus BMD commander, CIA hopes to distract you from the overwhelming evidence of their surprise attack with banned biological weapons. Civil society has all the makings of a bill of indictment, so you know the wronged nations have one all teed up and ready to go when the balloon goes up. We have all the elements of the crime of aggression with banned biological weapons. The CIA regime is going to swing for this.

    • Agree: Arthur MacBride, Cking
  139. Miro23 says:
    @Treg

    But to get there, we must first take a page from the Democrats and “Defund the FBI” (meaning behind the scenes secretly restructure it by changing fundamental policies & goals, ie like getting rid of lice in one’s hair, we must de-democrat it).

    Never mind “behind the scenes”. Openly take power and (for example) seriously question everyone in the FBI/CIA about 9/11 under pain of execution for treason and get them to talk. Then put them on prime time TV. It would have a very salutary effect and the rats would run at maximum speed for their private jets to get out of the US..

  140. @GeneralRipper

    Indeed. Now, if Russia was still the Communist USSR, that would be different…

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
  141. First get rid of that black racist LOW IQ AA Austin.

  142. @Catdog

    You realize, of course, that with a hopelessly corrupt and broken election system that there is no way any Ron Paul clone will actually ever get elected, whether he’s “nominated” or not.

    I can’t believe that people are still talking about “elections” in any context other than mockery and satire.

  143. @Rex Little

    “Heh! I’m old enough to remember when the LEFT hated and feared the FBI.”

    Well, I’m old enough to remember J. Edgar Hoover. He died in May 1972, a month before I graduated from high school. Nixon ordered a state funeral for him, and his casket lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Hoover was FBI Director for 48 (!) years, from 1924 until his death. He clung to power through a combination of congressional support, fear, and intimidation.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  144. @Drakejax

    The most compelling indication of the “conspiracy theory” that China had involvement in the BLM/Antifa riots of 2020 and the Nov 2020 election frauds is their apparent anxiety about Trump figuring it out and lashing out in his last month. They thus activated their Democrat allies (like Pelosi) to tell corrupt Milley to prevent Trump’s ability to do anything.

    It will be interesting, and of course utterly unsurprising, to eventually learn the Milley, along with other key actors in this debacle, have literally been on Beijing’s payroll for years.

  145. Right_On says:
    @Wielgus

    That reminds me, I’ve been meaning to check if my empathy batteries need recharging.

  146. @CelestiaQuesta

    From elmerfudzie to corrupt: This is a fine point you made about my commentary. It’s very difficult to cull the internet for what still remains, extremely sensitive and above top secret subjects like abort/destruct options available to the POTUS. Let us have fun and speculate for a moment; Countermanding codes that prevent a SLBM launch could be issued through an ultra low frequency emergency communication. This sort of radio transmission would be insecure however the significance behind the signal would be meaningless to our opponents and I’m not entirely sure that the Navy Department would confirm the existence of a deploy-able half mile long filamentous aerial required for a sub to receive such an Presidential EAM order, for example; an order to reduce a MAO to LAO or receive instructions to initiate a full stand down. An unencrypted message that cannot be overridden, even against a high-tech cryptographic protocol? ..!! wild but it is possible (sort of an emergency brake and alternative communique) . After all, the AF is still using windows 95 and floppy disks at our Wyoming silos are they not?

    Ponder this, when 911 occurred, why was Bush kept off AF 1 , left in a kindergarten classroom , not to mention, totally vulnerable to a terror attempt? probably because he could have mucked up carefully laid plans done behind his back with an EAM issued on board the craft, or some other communication method invisible to only a select few?

    • Replies: @CelestiaQuesta
    , @Corrupt
  147. Right_On says:
    @HdC

    Also, even before the US entered WWII, America sent arms and equipment to the Soviet Union to help it defeat the Nazi invasion.
    By the war’s end, the US had given Russia the equivalent of \$180 billion (in today’s currency). Did the Russians pay any of that back, or even say Thanks?

    • Thanks: GeneralRipper
    • Troll: mulga mumblebrain
  148. NO ONE is telling even the remote amount of truth. We are in such severe amounts of trouble, as White people, that the only solution will be similar to the 30-Years-War. The sad fact is that I look forward to it. We will defeat these (((Leftist parasites))) and their third-world foot soldiers, but it will be a hard row to hoe.

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
  149. @elmerfudzie

    Thanks Elmer, you got that right. Cheers fellow patriot warrior.

    • Thanks: elmerfudzie
  150. @Colin Wright

    To Colin Wright from elmerfudzie: Several years ago, Moscow began staging mass evacuation drills and other civil defense measures aimed improving first strike survival rates among city dwellers. This new policy can’t hope to reassure their citizens, or ours for that matter. Grim stuff indeed, not exactly CNN news material, eh?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  151. @Corrupt

    Corrupt, I accidentally bumped my rebuttal to your response in comment #146 below

  152. @Tom Welsh

    ALL US wars have been exterminationist. It is only a matter of degree. It’s the ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’, doncha know.

  153. @Orville H. Larson

    If you call the Democrazy Party ‘Left’ in any meaningful sense, then I guess you’re just a Yankee Doodle dullard, brainwashed since birth. The Dems are hard Right, the Reptiles a little further down the road. There is no ‘Left’ party in the USA, save tiny rabbles.

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
  154. @elmerfudzie

    ‘To Colin Wright from elmerfudzie: Several years ago, Moscow began staging mass evacuation drills and other civil defense measures aimed improving first strike survival rates among city dwellers…’

    I hope we’re not planning to do the same with Washington DC.

  155. @Drakejax

    Race hate meets utter lunacy-the Exceptionalists in their madness.

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
  156. @Max Maxwell

    Milley is a despicable POS and he SHOULD face the firing squad.

    But, since leftists can do no wrong, nothing will happen.

    I don’t think people quite understand just how screwed we are.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
  157. Tony says:

    Hey giraldi, is this column a joke or what? I surely thought you’d be supporting Milly.

  158. I wish only that this fraud could be magically dropped into Stalingrad in January of 1943. Doesn’t matter which side he was on, and let’s watch his cowardice.

    This guy is despicable. And I am so sorry that real men have to salute him and treat him as if he’s a legitimate warrior.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan, Bubba
  159. One-off says:

    This will continue only until either of two things occur: the Evil Empire II government is toppled, or the military budget is slashed north of 90 percent. Milley is a dunce, whore and actual traitor, but he is not atypical of the trash that has floated to the top of the Banana Empire’s Imperial shock troops. The MIC monsters only understand one thing, profit, and until Milley and Shine Boy Austin start to cost them the sociopaths will be propped up. Milley is little more than a fatter FBI director with unearned ribbons festooned on his enormous gut, and Austin is always ready to sing MISTER BOJANGLES. Despicable alleged human beings, both of them. Cut their trough to about 10 percent and you might see their shabby asses kicked to the curb.

    • LOL: Jim H, GeneralRipper
  160. One-off says:
    @Right_On

    The fat pig Milley would snap most piano wire, my friend.

    What a ludicrous joke and disgrace the United States has become!

  161. One-off says:
    @Anonymous

    The United States military wages proxy wars for Israel against poor Arab nations precisely because it knows they cannot win a war against even a second-rate power lest the nuclear birds fly. In the unlikely event the United States ever gets in a hot war with a nuclear power, its Ruling Class will order Milley, Austin and its other hapless retarded whores to stand down and bring them coffee and a paper, preferably a Washington Post for the happy talk.

  162. @HT

    Milley is part of and answers to the Deep State. Generals who will resign in the face of an order to wage a constitutionally illegal war are generals who won’t allow a rogue President to declare war on the sovereign People. Milley is part of the program to purge all but Woke Bolshvist commisars and BLM storm troopers from the military, in anticipation of the crack down by the Deep State on traditional America.

    Resignation is less effective than resistance – refuse to obey, don’t just quit. Resistance stops the illegal action. Quitting just goes along with the purge.

  163. Saladin says:
    @A Half Naked Fakir

    You are a cursed spawn of dindoo scum. You and your faeces-for-brains people worship abominations with elephant heads, rapist deities, faggot/tranny deities, phallic symbols, consume animal urine/faeces, etc.

    You pagan scum do not have the status (or in your language, aukaat) to be talking about the true monotheism of Islam, or the blessed man who finally succeeded in firmly establishing it on earth, as the very epitome of God’s infinite mercy on mankind.

    worshipping a deity

    “Deity” generally represents the concept of Paganism. Muslims do not worship a “deity.” Muslims worship God, the One and only of everything in existence, known and unknown. Muslims are not pagans. Non-muslims, with their mangods and songods and anigods, are the deluded pagans.

    Y’all should know your place in the spiritual scheme of things. It is at the bottom of True Monotheism of Islam.

    Next time you choose to shoot off your mouth, keep that in mind, you pagan godless vermin.

  164. Saladin says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    The Global Homosexual US Military will be destroyed in a war with … …and Shia Muslim Iran…..Muslim-Christian Hezbollah….

    As a sunni muslim, I take some umbrage to our omission in that list. 😉

    I concede first that this idea of “US will be destroyed in a war,” is clearly risible hyperbole. But, “Shia Muslim… Hezbollah…,” the so-called axis of resistance, being able to do anything of that sort is very theoretical.

    After all, present reality shows us that it is the sunni muslims who bled the Great Satan and sent it packing, with its tail between its legs.

    May the Almighty One bless all those who fight (and martyr themselves) against the enemies of true monotheism.

  165. Saladin says:
    @Pericles

    But he made peace, for example quietly shutting down islamic terrorism.

    Lol! There is no such thing as “Islamic terrorism.”

    What we are witnessing is simply blowback for Whitevil Christian/Jewish Terrorism. If you vermin wish to call it “Islamic terrorism,” sure. You accursed scum think you are conquering Islam with that false narrative, but true monotheism is unassailable. You can slaughter millions of muslims, but true monotheism will still be unassailable.

    Remember, as long as Whitevil Christian/Jewish Terrorism exists, there will always be blowback.

    Are you pagan godless vermin ever going to be “quietly shutting down” your satanic level of terrorist savagery? I think not.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  166. @dearieme

    @ dearieme

    Re: “Permit me the chance to blow a raspberry at the amount of fruit salad these chaps sport on their chests nowadays. Milley’s looks like the chest of a Marshall of the Soviet Union…”

    I made just that observation not long ago on another website. I am a historian of WWII, therefore familiar with the men who fought it. Consider two famous examples, both American enlisted men who saw months, even years, of combat and mobilization overseas.

    Staff Sergeant Daryl “Shifty” Powers of rural Virginia, was a hunter and backwoodsman before joining the army and eventually the famous E Company 506th PIR, 101st A/B Division. He was known as the best shot in the company and an excellent scout. Powers, a “Taccoa Man” who’d been with the 506th since the beginning, made it through the war without being wounded, despite being in the thick of combat throughout. When he returned to Virginia, he had less than two rows of ribbons to go with his combat infantry badge and jump wings. That, after D-Day, Market Garden & Holland, The Bulge, and into Germany.

    Corporal Eugene Sledge, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, was a mortar man who saw heavy action at Peleliu, and then at Okinawa. Rather than being sent home after the Japanese surrender, he did an additional year in China, as part of Marine forces sent there to protect Americans and other westerners from the ongoing Chinese civil war. A color portrait was later published showing him in his dress blues, wearing two rows of ribbons, plus his marksmanship badges.

    These men survived the toughest and most-unforgiving combat of WWII, and rendered distinguished service, though largely unheralded at the time. Contrast these genuinely heroic men with the buffoon-like and cartoonish General Milley, whose display of ribbons, badges and assorted gewgaws is so over the top ridiculous he looks like a parody of a general, and not a real one – something from a Victorian Age operetta. These despite the fact that Milley has done nothing in his career to merit such fulsome praise and recognition, and especially nothing of the caliber of men like Sledge and Powers. He ought to be ashamed of himself, but then again, I doubt the guy has the self-awareness or integrity for that.

    • Thanks: GeneralRipper
  167. Wielgus says:
    @Colin Wright

    It’s an interesting thing with military commanders. Many are physically courageous, but morally much less so. That Russian commander sounds like an example of one who had moral courage.

    It is often claimed of Patton that after WW2 was safely over, in Europe anyway, he said that “we” had been fighting the wrong enemy and should have been fighting the Soviet Union, not Germany. Yet he had fought the Germans with every sign of enthusiasm and won military honours. If he had proclaimed at that time that the Germans should not be fought, but rather the Soviets, he might have been looking at a treason trial and perhaps a military execution. Did he have the moral courage to face up to that? It seems not.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
    , @Colin Wright
  168. @Robert Bruce

    “Elections were a real joke for a lot longer than 2016. George HW Bush threw the 1992 election with a rather half hearted effort. The GOP threw the 1996 election..”

    It’s not the elections that were a joke, it’s the go-along-to-get-along Republican Party. Trump, for all his faults, wants to Make America Great Again, which will require the Deplorables taking complete control of the Republican Party. There are clearly many Rinos yet to be primaried and purged!

  169. Gen. Milley has the confidence of all the Shit Libs that matter.

    The “rules based order” goes by Shit Lib rules. Totally situational and arbitrary.

  170. @Drakejax

    “Trump was never a threat to his enemies; he could never even figure out who they were.”

    True that!

  171. In the Navy there are 32 flag officers for each ship

    Thirty-two admirals for each ship! That’s a laughable statistic. A serious country would have the opposite ratio. The US is the world’s biggest banana republic, except that it can’t even grow bananas, just funny money backed by nothing.

  172. @chris

    I presume he was talked into believing this crap in these coordination meetings because they thought he was stupid enough to do so.

    Not stupid necessarily. Spineless for sure. Courage and integrity are up front in the recruitment brochures but the system seems to filter them out pretty quick.

    • Agree: chris
    • Replies: @chris
  173. schrub says:

    The author of this article seems suprised that someone like Milley exists despite the fact that Karen Kwiatkowski (Lt. Colonel US Army Ret) mentioned as far back as 2003 that the patriots in the military (like her) were being actively purged from the military in the lead up to the Iraq War in 2003.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Kwiatkowski

    Where does all this “wokeness” like that which Milley exhibits come from in the military. Let me mention a name that the author of this article is undoubtedly unaware of but who has probably had a more of a decidedly negative effect on the spiritual life of the US military than anyone else, possibly in the entire history of the US military.

    Who is that person you ask? Let me introduce you to Mikey Weinstein.

    Mikey is head an organization that is the military version of the infamous Anti Defamation League (ADL) . It is grandly named The Military Religious Freedom Foundation and its effect on the spiritual life of Christians in the US military has been absolutely profound.

    If you think that I am exaggerating, read about Mikey in all his glory below . Even our members of congress are terrified of him. Mikey, by the way, claims he is a Republican (or at least he did up to just before Trump made his appearance in the political arena. Then Mikey, like his friend George Bush apparently had a change of heart).

    https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/about/michael-l-mikey-weinstein/

    His foundation has managed to neutralize much of the influence that Christianity once had in the US military. Once Christianity’s influence waned, it’s no mistake that “wokeness” arose to take its place.

    Don’t ever underestimate the influence Mikey has had. Ask any Christian military chaplain about what these effects of Mikey and his foundation have caused. Only the bravest of them will admit that these results have been absolutely revolutionary.

    Mikey and his cohorts have managed to virtually excise much of Christian theology from military Christianity. Christian chaplains are now either heavily discouraged or expressly forbidden from seeking non Christian converts. If a Christian military chaplain were to be foolheartedly enough to agreed to actively try convert a Jew in particular to Christianity that chaplain would be committing professional suicide. They all know this. Soldiers themselves are routinely being told to never mention their religious beliefs in front of non believers to “ensure unit unity”.

    Thank to Mikey Weinstein the main purpose of the religious life of the military seems to now be to cheerlead wars beneficial to Israel, a country Weinstein is decidedly partial to.

    While researched this comment, I came upon an interesting tidbit. Interestingly enough, Mikey has also been pushing for the promotion of individuals coming from what had been considered a decidedly excess number of idle military chaplain rabbis who, since the ending of the draft, no longer seem to have had many parishioners to minister to. Still, they are allowed to not only remain in the service, but be promoted as well.

    Thanks to people like Mikey, a recent rabbi managed to become the second highest chaplain in the entire US Marine Corps despite having virtually no Jewish parishioners within it to look after. This is because Marines in particular have had a distinct paucity of Jewish members ever since the draft ended. This rabbi was the only rabbi in Iraq during the war.

    This decided scarcity of Jewish soldiers didn’t prevent an excess of rabbis from being commissioned as officers after having had their educations paid for by the government by virtue of their receiving Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships. It also didn’t prevent a rabbi from becoming the second-highest Marine chaplain. It seems to be impossible to kick these excess rabbis out.

    In fact, I came upon a very highly ranked Orthodox US Army rabbi without any apparent Orthodox soldiers whatsoever to look after. Still he not only remained and was promoted.

    When questions started to be raised about the need for all these excess, underemployed rabbis in the military, it was decided that a quick change was made to their status to justify their future employment. They were now to be considered “psychological and spiritual advisors and marriage counselors “to the far more numerous gentile soldiers rather than just mere parochial Jewish chaplains. As a result of this reclassification, their future employment was assured. They were excess no longer!

    Clever huh! Fixed that!

    • Thanks: Emslander
    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
    , @Turk 152
  174. W says:
    @bjondo

    If you’re a typical Trumper, two things are possible:

    1. You don’t know about operation warp speed

    2. You don’t care about operation warp speed and don’t think Trumpstein pushing killshots that are maiming and killing Americans stops him from being a patriot.

    You cannot be a Zionist and a patriot besides…

    • Replies: @bjondo
  175. “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.” Milley apparently justified the action by stating that he disapproves of surprise attacks in principal and his defenders cite the example of “Pearl Harbor,” which was viewed so repugnantly by the American public that something like a war of extermination became inevitable.

    The incompetent and treacherous Milley with political ambitions, it seems, is not aware of the US policy of ‘pre-emptive nuclear strikes’. If this is not a surprise attack, I don’t know what is.
    This incompetent snake of the Afghan debacle should be relieved of command, court martialled and promptly incarcerated for betrayal

  176. AceDeuce says:
    @CCZ

    You think it’s bad now? In 10 years, the general/admiral ranks will probably be 50% women and kniggbos.

  177. W says:
    @Blodgie

    Funny words considering how womanly Trumpers behave when it comes him.

    You respond to legitimate criticism of Trumpstein with emotional name-calling. Look a the reactions to Trumps marble comment.

    You act like little girls around a pop singer in his presence.

    You suspend your critical faculties in exchange to feel good, safe and secure.

    Like women, the branding of Trumpstein is more important than the substance.

    …and anti Trump conservatives seem to be the Buckley types – they are right wing presenters who want confederate statues to be torn down and support gun control. The position of their wives have little to do with it, the Buckly right have the sensibilities of women, they are offended by his brashness and “rudeness”.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  178. AceDeuce says:
    @Wielgus

    You don’t think that he was executed? He didn’t live to see 1946, did he?

  179. Emslander says:
    @W

    A vote for Trump is a protest vote and well worth it. A Trump won’t be able to do anything important, if elected, unless he can be repeated for about sixteen straight years, with a sympathetic Congress. Knowing all that, I will again vote for Trump with great gusto.

  180. @Wielgus

    ‘…If he had proclaimed at that time that the Germans should not be fought, but rather the Soviets, he might have been looking at a treason trial and perhaps a military execution. Did he have the moral courage to face up to that? It seems not.’

    On the other hand — unlike the Russian admiral — Patton could do considerable good for his country by not saying it and keeping his job. Had he said it, he merely would have been fired; it wouldn’t have done any good. The Russian admiral could materially improve the future for his country by accepting personal obloquy; that wouldn’t have been the case had Patton denounced the war against Germany midstream.

  181. @schrub

    Sorry to disappoint you Schrub but I know ALL about Mikey Weinstein and the havoc he has been wreaking. He is out to de-Christianize the military in a big way and given the poor leadership from the DOD he is succeeding.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  182. @Saladin

    “Muslims do not worship a “deity.” Muslims worship God, the One and only of everything in existence, known and unknown.”

    The beastly Arab worships the God of the Jew and it’s a good thing because otherwise he would remain an incorrigible thug with a penchant for cruelty to man and animals out of ignorance.

    The rest of you “Moslems” pray to the god of the sandnigger, who likes prepubescent girls for wiwves and a donkey to fly around on, shouting god is great, or something like it.

    P. S. Saladin was a Kurd who are an Indo-Iranian people not Semitic sand niggas. So, get back to the feast of boiled camel, goat milk and dates and then go jump in the Red Sea because the houries are waiting in hell for you.

  183. Anon[401] • Disclaimer says:

    “If a CIA case officer has a flat tire in the dark of night on a lonely
    road, he will not hesitate to accept a ride from a KGB officer—likely the two
    would detour to some bar for a drink together. In fact CIA and KGB officers
    entertain each other frequently in their homes. The CIA’s files are full of
    mention of such relationships in almost every African station.”
    ~William Blum, Killing Hope
    https://ia800309.us.archive.org/26/items/fp_Killing_Hope-US_Military_and_CIA_Interventions_Since_WWII-William_Blum/Killing_Hope-US_Military_and_CIA_Interventions_Since_WWII-William_Blum.pdf

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  184. Pericles says:
    @Saladin

    The Muslim Driving School took a break during Trump’s reign, for instance.

    Since you ask, I’ll be fairly satisfied once every single one of you is kicked out of Europe and, if it can be arranged quickly, back to your respective shitholes. We’ve spent more than enough lives and treasure on you evil guests.

  185. This administration, if you want to even call it that, is one of the most abominable things ever to happen to this great country. It has the worst characters imaginable running it, including the “president”. I can’t believe that Americans, even middle of the road liberals, can stand for this. And this has all come about because, let’s be honest, certain childish people could not stand President Donald Trump personality, who, basically had the best interests of this country at heart. Give us one example that the same could be said for the two bit swamp politician now if office.

    • Replies: @BluEidDvl
  186. Resartus says:
    @Fred777

    General Li’s primary thought during that phone call had to be “What system made this idiot a general?”

    Never forget, China spent 100s of years building a 1,000+ mile wall….
    Just for some “General” to swing open the gates and let the Barbarians in…..

  187. Resartus says:
    @some_loon

    Not many enlisted/NCOs are over 45.

    Few, but there is a Mandatory 55 retirement age…..
    Always hated that there were exemptions for certain SGT Major and
    General Officers…..

    Military has always put “Useless” service members in Gopher positions,
    to keep them from screwing up combat unit moral……

  188. Turk 152 says:
    @schrub

    Wait, are you saying the US military isn’t run on Jewish theology?

  189. Anon[402] • Disclaimer says:

    Trump did kill Solemani so that Senate would support him in case of impeachment . That was from the horses’s mouth .
    Trump couldn’t have been trusted . He already sold the country to Israel and he didn’t get anything in return , again his own words .

    This unfortunately has introduced a dangerous precedent
    Future chaos can persuade another general to think k of assuming more terrifying unconstitutional responsibility .

  190. 36 ulster says:
    @carroll price

    Yup, Trump’s abandonment of his supporters on that awful day convinced me that we don’t have the luxury of another Trump candidacy. The lack of leadership available and the infusion of agents-provocateurs–plus the anxiety and desperation of many of the attendees (this was no pep rally) and the irresolute actions of the Capitol mall cops–made the rioting and vandalism almost inevitable. Coward or not, his egotism and narcissism make him unsuitable for the vagaries of elective politics. I appreciated his appeals to populism, whether or not they were deeply or sincerely held, but it’s time for a populist with political experience and savvy. De Santis is not a spellbinding speaker, but he makes his points clearly and confidently. I’m leaning toward him, but there may be other candidates to emerge.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  191. @Resartus

    Your system refuses to even build a wall and happily invites “barbarians” in.

    • Replies: @Resartus
  192. @Resartus

    Just for some “General” to swing open the gates and let the Barbarians in…..

    It ends up that the gates eventually swing the other way. Today, the Manchus exist in name only.

    • Replies: @Resartus
  193. BluEidDvl says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Spot on. Anyone who’s been paying attention to what is going on in our land(s) can see that we’re in the throes of a DEEP moral crisis. It’s as if we’ve just given up?. It’s not surprising then that a “man” like Biden has become our president & in turn a creature like Milley can become our top brass.

    All but a few percentage of my fellow Americans are in a state of utter denial & delusion about what is happening to their country (& in turn, their children’s futures). Our cities are sinking/have sunk into dystopian hellholes. Our infrastructure is collapsing all around. We’ve outsourced much of our industry. The 3rd world pours across our borders. Feral nogs run roughshod in our cities with nary a whimper from the plebes. Our young girls are looking & acting like wanton whores. Our young boys like degenerate losers. We have gay pride parades where grown men parade around completely naked & “woke” parents bring their young daughters to such spectacles. We have transgenders giving story time in kindergartens while young children sit on their laps. Yet, the idiot box still spews it’s mindless entertainment & the sports stadiums are full again.

    I never imagined that such days as these would ever even be possible.. yet here we are.. 😒

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  194. Emslander says:
    @36 ulster

    You read like you believe that some honest election may take place in this country again. That’s doubtful.

  195. chris says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Yeah, I agree, there is a distinction here, but he doesn’t exactly strike one as being the sharpest tool in the drawer either.

    I think he’s just stupid enough to think he can actually convince people of this scatterbrained plot.

    But behind the plot stand probably 50 much smarter people than he. And they’ve let him know they have his back.

  196. DaveE says:
    @Orville H. Larson

    Giraldi’s comments on the bloated American officer corps are well taken. It’s top-heavy with brass.

    Ditto our companies, every government office can name, our media, our education system, even our judiciary. EVERY segment of our culture is infested with 37 vile scum lowlife ignorant worthless egotistical self-serving “MBA” types who lust to “manage” the poor schmuck at the bottom trying to produce something of value and make an honest living.

    I’ve worked in industry, government and even a dirty cesspool called Microsoft and (God please forgive me) the Gates Foundation. (I lasted one month and I was only a contractor, but still….) I only mention this because its founder, one of the filthiest reptiles to ever slither on this planet, has been in the news a lot lately.

    It’s the same everywhere you look, with no escape in sight.

    • Replies: @Lost American
  197. @Priss Factor

    ncidentally, his answer on the matter of CRT is either stupid or disingenuous. He says the US military should study CRT as it also studied Maoism, Nazism, and other such ideologies. But that’s not the issue. Maoism and such were studied as the ideology of the enemy, not guides for the US military

    He said something to the effect he’s read Marx, he’s studied Mao, and he’s studied CRT because he wanted to understand “white rage”.

    Which makes no sense – if you want to understand Marx, read Marx, not criticism of Marx written by dimwits. If you want to understand “white rage”, read stuff by white nationalists or others with similar points of view. How would reading childish “all my problems are because of white people” stuff by dimwits like Kendi help you understand anything?

    A more honest answer would have been “I push CRT because I am a fat, careerist coward and my affirmative action boss tells me to push CRT”.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  198. @BluEidDvl

    I regret having to say it, but well said!!! All true.

  199. Resartus says:
    @The_MasterWang

    Your system refuses to even build a wall and happily invites “barbarians” in.

    The only real President who was a leader for half a century, was attempting to build one….
    fighting his own government (Congress) to do it, had 400+ miles put up….
    All along, the opposition, running on the premise, when they got into power they would
    just tear it down….

    No, the system is not the problem….
    It’s the people in it….
    Marx, even stated, that socialism, no matter how good an idea, wouldn’t survive the introduction
    of people into it….

    • Replies: @The_MasterWang
  200. Resartus says:
    @Deep Thought

    It ends up that the gates eventually swing the other way. Today, the Manchus exist in name only.

    Because they left it open for others, while they were out attempting to take over other areas….
    Romans don’t exist for the same reason…
    They didn’t know when to consolidate and just kept expanding, till they ran out of Romans in Rome…..
    Same for Greeks, when Alexander dragged a large amount of men out of the country for revenge against Persia… Then felt he needed to travel further east….

    • Replies: @Deep Thought
  201. trump is the first president since carter to NOT start a war and yet milley and the fake news press say he was a loose cannon.

  202. @Resartus

    Because they left it open for others, while they were out attempting to take over other areas….

    Sounds like one superpower today!

    • Replies: @Resartus
  203. Ryan2 says:
    @Tom Welsh

    I wonder who else he would have called first? Any of us normal everyday taxpayers, perhaps?

  204. bjondo says:
    @W

    Life is not simple.

    I support and will again vote for Trump.

    Many faults, many bad decisions, but still the best.

    Trump is a lion. Others are squirrels, possums, dirty pole cats.

    Trump goes his own way, the Shadow Operators go nuts, expose themselves.

    We are now in a war for survival of the human species who but Trump will galvanize all?

    5 dancing shlomos

  205. @Resartus

    The System IS the people in it.

  206. vox4non says:

    Nuts. Both the US civilian and military command, and the Republicans and Democrats. And a pox on all their houses.

    • Agree: Ryan2
  207. Resartus says:
    @Deep Thought

    Sounds like one superpower today!

    One from mid-20th century: Russia
    One from late-20th century: USA
    One today: China….. Who are actually patient and take things as they come….

    Unlike the Romans, who became part of the regions they occupied…
    China absorbs the occupiers……
    US brings the culture and citizens home with them….

    US needs to boot the UN out of the country….
    Then just claim all foreign aid will be spent on citizens of other countries
    that are in the US…..

  208. @Saladin

    Hey Kaladin,

    Read today’s article by “The First Millennium Revisionist Archive” if your peabrain can put up with 7600 words and here is a select quote just for a paki like you…

    “the Arabs who appropriated a Jewish messianic movement and conquered the Levant for themselves”

    No god of the Levant would trust a sandnigga with the original idea!

    Regards,

    The worshiper of the dark forces that castrated the mule driver who flew around on a magic carpet!

  209. RobinG says:
    @Philip Giraldi

    Phil,

    Is it too much to hope that one day you’ll write something on Turkey? Here’s from The Cradle today.

    Turkey’s existential choice: BRI or bust
    …it can no longer afford to straddle two opposing geoeconomic agendas…

    https://thecradle.co/Article/investigations/2350

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  210. @RobinG

    Robin – Will do. Been so much other crap going on that I haven’t been able to get around to what Erdogan and company are up to…

    • Replies: @RobinG
  211. Corrupt says:
    @elmerfudzie

    “Let us have fun and speculate for a moment; Countermanding codes that prevent a SLBM launch could be issued through an ultra low frequency emergency communication”

    First you would have to assume that they somehow knew a countermand was required. Secondly. ULF transmits very very slowly. I’m pretty sure most of a boats SLBMs could be launched before the entire code is received.

    “This sort of radio transmission would be insecure however the significance behind the signal would be meaningless to our opponents”

    Perhaps, perhaps not. Given the number of spies unearthed in the last several years, I’m not sure I want the countermand option. It could leave our country defenseless.

    “and I’m not entirely sure that the Navy Department would confirm the existence of a deploy-able half mile long filamentous aerial required for a sub to receive such an Presidential EAM order”

    I’m not sure what current capabilities are, but given there were airborne command posts to give launch orders in the past (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TACAMO), I’m sure we have the capability if not actually in operation.

    Finally, as I mentioned, I believe current SLBM’s are much more restricted in their possible use.

    • Replies: @elmerfudzie
  212. RobinG says:
    @Philip Giraldi

    Yes, it’s like 10 booms drop every day. (Should we be happy about that?) Thanks.

  213. @Tom Welsh

    Give the decision to use nuclear weapons to the armed forces – or reserve it to an ignorant, prejudiced civilian who is the heart’s desire of the plain folks of the land?

    Because… there are no ignorant, prejudiced people in the military ? Yes, of course. How could I have missed that ?

  214. @CCZ

    The man who handled distribution of medical supplies and the first batch of CV19 vaccines was a three star general and I thought that if this were WW2 it would have been a colonel. How many four stars were there in WW2, Mac, Ike, Nimitz, Marshall.

    • Replies: @Deep Thought
  215. @Abbott Hall

    How many four stars were there in WW2, Mac, Ike, Nimitz, Marshall.

    Was “Dugout Doug” among them?

  216. @Corrupt

    Corrupt. From elmerfudzie. Thanks for your insights. There’s so little to relish in political/military articles these days. I find myself viewing, over and over again, the Watergate documentaries. To reminisce, just how real democracy and press freedom once worked via the MSM (at that time, CBS, NBC and ABC networks) It’s safe to say that at least for now, the struggle continues however TV programs have been stripped of any intellectual substance or self criticism.. Writers who promote democratic mores, providing readers with thought provoking ideas by using historical analysis, for example William Blum, his book, titled, Killing Hope, carries the torch of democracy our citizens are hungry for. A broader perspective can be found in Gore Vidal’s Imperial America. However Blum’s work is more current, showing the long term consequences of military and Intel Agency intrigues and their blunders, usually ending in needless suffering on both a domestic and foreign level. Oh, I will review the TACAMO reference.

    • Thanks: Corrupt
  217. JoeyI says:

    General Milley is what’s wrong with the American military.

  218. RobinG says:

    Joshua Schulte awaits retrial.

    U.S. prosecution of alleged WikiLeaks ‘Vault 7’ source hits multiple roadblocks

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/u-s-prosecution-of-alleged-wikileaks-vault-7-source-hits-multiple-roadblocks/ar-AAPdj07?ocid=msedgntp

    “That office [that Schulte worked in at the CIA] was a shit show,” said another former CIA official. “That’s why the trial was a shit show.”

  219. The Americans so slavishly followed their British masters in this matter. The rank creep and surfeit of Generals is a lot like the old British Army where, possibly because there weren’t enough seats in Parliament to give make-work jobs to the sons of the ruling caste, they farmed them out to the army so every failson could be a Colonel in some regiment of hussars somewhere in a desert or a commander at some coaling station.
    There used to be, from the days of the Napoleonic reforms ‘divisions’ which you don’t want me to bore you with the intricacies of how all that worked, but during the Sitzkrieg of 1945-1990, the western militaries aped this British system in order to spread Military Industrial Complext graft around to ‘team players’, which these Generals have to be. Once you hit full colonel, you start making real money. The excuse/tool has been the increased kinetic killing power of ever smaller units. The amount of firepower a modern company of infantry can let loose is on the order of a battalion back in The Big One. The reason they never want to fight an actual war is that the west knows it hasn’t got the industrial base or the logistical flexibility to maintain the tempo of operations, burning up all those munitions. This fact has led some cranks to say that Nuclear weapons are a big fake to scare the public. Not so sure about this notion but a war like WW2 today would probably cause the entire world to devolve to Mad Max in about a month. So we got that to look forward to.

    • Agree: Marcaurelius, vox4non
  220. Ragno says:
    @Treg

    If anything Trump has been prescient. He has demonstrated that he actually has MORE marbles and wisely uses them. He has demonstrated that he has been sharp-witted, perceptive, prudent, discerning, far-sighted and sensible. Even wise.

    Those of us who remarked that Trump’s keeping Jared (Slytherin) Kushner at his right hand was the canniest and most effective life insurance policy an outsider voted to high office could have hoped to purchase for himself were mocked and tittered at for being (take your pick) “anti-Semitic”, “simpletons”, “deplorables”, or any combination of the three.

    Meanwhile, Trump is still alive and well. And the deeper we sink into Third Term Obama, the clearer it becomes how eagerly our overseers and party apparatchiks would have given the order to eradicate the problem were it not for his protective talisman.

    What they did to our entire nation, and way of life, last summer – shameless and desperate a strategy as it was – was merely Plan B. Because the proximity of the Golden Jew to the target meant abandoning Plan A.

  221. @Priss Factor

    Milley may well be a white collar sociopath (like Biden) and thus all the rational criticism presented here means nothing to beings like Milley.

  222. @Georgiaboy61

    I think Audie Murphy started in North Africa and went all the way to Alsace in 1945. Look at the humble and totally brave and concerned LTC Felix Sparks of the 45th Division- Sicily to Dachau.

    Thanks for the bit of history.

    Some ten years ago near Philadelphia, PA , a WW2 101st Div vet was put in a pauper’s graveyard. Some VFW vets looked him up years after he was buried. He was infantry and survived all the campaigns. Austin and Milley were given so much and all they do is hate and complain.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  223. @Lost American

    Years ago, I read “No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy” by Don Graham. If memory serves me correctly, Murphy first saw action in Sicily (July-August 1943). And, of course, he was in the thick of it from then on.

    • Replies: @Lost American
  224. @Georgiaboy61

    ” . . . Contrast these genuinely heroic men with the buffoon-like and cartoonish General Milley, whose display of ribbons, badges and assorted gewgaws is so over the top ridiculous he looks like a parody of a general, and not a real one–something from a Victorian Age operetta. . . .”

    Well, most of Milley’s fruit salad is made up of stuff that an officer picks up in peacetime assignments. That is to say, decorations for serving in administrative, paper-shuffling billets. . . .

    • Replies: @Fred Leander
  225. @Priss Factor

    If the right turns against militarism, the empire, and the corporate state,
    then
    what does the right stand for?

  226. McConnell betrayed the Republican base once again. Schumer gloated.

  227. It is all very nice of the generals to give pre-warning to each other – they can always take cover somewhere. But, what about the others. And, if they were warned, where should they go?

    Fred

  228. @Orville H. Larson

    …or swimming 50 yards or running 3 clicks…

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