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Saw this article today on MSN: “U.S. top general secretly called China over fears Trump could spark war – report“
According to the new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, General Milley twice called his counterpart in the PLA to let him know that the US was not going to launch a war against China and, if we were, he would call him and let him know. He called him twice. Once before the election, and again on January 8 after this exchange with Speaker Pelosi:
“He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy,” Pelosi told Milley in the call, according to the report.
According to the cited call transcript, the general replied, “I agree with you on everything.”
To say that I find this troubling is an understatement. I am OK with there being a call to lower tensions. That seems to be appropriate (to an extent), but promising to call the leader of the PLA and let them know that an attack was imminent seems to be very, very wrong. I’m hesitant to use the “T” word to describe such an action, but it sure seems like we are getting close to that level of behavior.
I was chatting with a friend and mentioned to them that there was a cabal of people who went to great lengths to rig the election as reported by that right-wing agitprop rag Time Magazine. They felt their actions were completely normal and OK. Of course, they also think that Trump is the worst President ever. I wonder if we can ever be a whole country again? I think we cannot and the carnage that will result from that will be intense.
As for General Milley…I am not sure what punishment is appropriate, but that he is still in uniform at this point is a problem. That of those that voted on the poll at the end of the article 46% (the plurality) strongly supported his actions is another data point that we are no longer a single country with common goals, but rather two increasingly disparate people intermixed with each other who cannot talk about our problems much less come to any sort of resolution. Frankly, I am not even sure how I would feel about someone who strongly supported Gen Milley’s actions. I took a survey for some company recently and one set of questions asked if I think that people who were Republicans, or Democrats, or Socialists, or various other ideologies/parties could be good people. I answered in the affirmative and I still believe that. I wonder how many of my fellow R> members feel that way? I wonder how much longer I will feel that way? That makes me quite sad.
What is the end result…a cleansing fire, but one that leaves the US a tattered husk and leaves someone like the Chinese ruling the world. To me, that is a bad outcome. Alas, I think it is the inevitable one.Published in