General Milley AWOL

 

General Milley is still Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As such, Gen. Milley is “the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and the principal military advisor to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council.” So, when the President’s team decides to use Marines in dress uniform as part of his speech attacking half of the American public as domestic enemies, the Chairman bears some responsibility. Yet, he has been uncharacteristically silent. I am shocked, shocked!

General Milley was not nearly so reticent on another occasion, as I noted in “Esper, Milley, and sports as political events.” As Milley proclaimed before a graduating class of senior service college students (O-5 or O-6 rank):

As many of you saw, the result of a photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week has sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society. I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned uniformed officer it was a mistake that I learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it. We who wear the cloth of our nation come from the people of our nation. And we must hold dear the principle of an a-political military that is so deeply rooted in our republic.

Consider the two events. In one case, there was actual political street violence, including the attempted torching of a church. The president walked from the White House to that church with some of his senior advisors to stand on the steps and denounce actual political violence that had played out across the country for months. We know that Milley had actively resisted activating the National Guard or providing any federal military support to restore order and protect lives and property. Milley was teaching senior officers which political party to support and which party it was correct to resist, even when that party had been put in power by federal elections.

Now Milley continues his training of officers across all services. His silence after August 31, in contrast to his fervent 2020 “apology” speaks volumes. How did uniformed military personnel, flanking a politician making a venomous political speech, not create “a perception of military involved in domestic politics?” Gen. Milley assured the military and the American public in 2020 that he had learned from his “mistake.” What did he really “learn?”

Mark Milley had already proven himself worse than Benedict Arnold. Is he now vying for Marshal Pétain status? Just to be clear, here is what Mark Milley publicly renounced as inappropriate for uniformed military members to attend:

Here is a use of uniformed military members Mark Milley approves with his silence:

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  1. I am Jack's Mexican identity Coolidge
    I am Jack's Mexican identity
    @dnewlander

    Disturbing how the military has been co-opted by the Democrats, er, Communists.

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  2. navyjag Coolidge
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    @navyjag

    And oversaw the Afghan disaster with his fat a** pal Lloyd Austin.  What a disaster for the country having these two idiots in charge of the military. But I am sure they have their pronouns straight.  

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  3. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    @CACrabtree

    Milley is such a zero that I doubt Biden even informed him (or anyone in the Military, outside of those two Marines and the Marine Band) that he was “borrowing” them for the occasion.

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  4. kedavis Inactive
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    navyjag (View Comment):

    And oversaw the Afghan disaster with his fat a** pal Lloyd Austin. What a disaster for the country having these two idiots in charge of the military. But I am sure they have their pronouns straight.

    Why, you everything-phobe!

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Clearly Milley is incapable of reflecting on his contradictory behavior. He responds in the moment to the woke agenda, and we are all supposed to respect his actions. Sigh.

    • #5
  6. cdor Member
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    @cdor

    With Milley and Austin in charge it won’t take long before we have no military at all. And I’m afraid that is exactly what the Biden administration wants.

    • #6
  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    @CliffordBrown

    CACrabtree (View Comment):

    Milley is such a zero that I doubt Biden even informed him (or anyone in the Military, outside of those two Marines and the Marine Band) that he was “borrowing” them for the occasion.

    Grant that, still we are left with his ensuing silence.

    • #7
  8. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    @BryanGStephens

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Clearly Milley is incapable of reflecting on his contradictory behavior. He responds in the moment to the woke agenda, and we are all supposed to respect his actions. Sigh.

    he is evil too

    • #8
  9. kedavis Inactive
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    @kedavis

    cdor (View Comment):

    With Milley and Austin in charge it won’t take long before we have no military at all. And I’m afraid that is exactly what the Biden administration wants.

    But how do they expect to control all of us with no military?

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  10. EJHill+ Podcaster
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    @EJHill

    The problem I have with it is that it’s one thing for Presidents to be seen with Marines at their duty station at the White House and another for them to be ordered to be used as props elsewhere.

    If we had a real press they would be asking where these Marines were stationed full time. If their full time duty station is the White House who ordered them to Philadelphia? Were they given the opportunity to know the substance of Biden’s speech and given the opportunity to decline? 

    • #10
  11. drlorentz Member
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    I am Jack's Mexican identity (View Comment):

    Disturbing how the military has been co-opted by the Democrats, er, Communists.

    Just as they’ve invaded and conquered all the institutions. They owned the means of cultural production first. The military was the last to fall.

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  12. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    @BryanGStephens

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    I am Jack’s Mexican identity (View Comment):

    Disturbing how the military has been co-opted by the Democrats, er, Communists.

    Just as they’ve invaded and conquered all the institutions. They owned the means of cultural production first. The military was the last to fall.

    And we have lost 

    They are going to round us up and kill us

    • #12
  13. navyjag Coolidge
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    I am Jack’s Mexican identity (View Comment):

    Disturbing how the military has been co-opted by the Democrats, er, Communists.

    Just as they’ve invaded and conquered all the institutions. They owned the means of cultural production first. The military was the last to fall.

    And we have lost

    They are going to round us up and kill us

    Nah Bryan, the soldiers and Marines won’t do it. At most we have a shoot out with FBI v. 101st Airborne. Like our odds. 

    • #13
  14. kedavis Inactive
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    @kedavis

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    I am Jack’s Mexican identity (View Comment):

    Disturbing how the military has been co-opted by the Democrats, er, Communists.

    Just as they’ve invaded and conquered all the institutions. They owned the means of cultural production first. The military was the last to fall.

    And we have lost

    They are going to round us up and kill us

    Nah Bryan, the soldiers and Marines won’t do it. At most we have a shoot out with FBI v. 101st Airborne. Like our odds.

    The idea of the military overall, turning against citizens, seems to overlook that people on “their sided” tended to not go into the military anyway.

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  15. The Reticulator Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    I am Jack’s Mexican identity (View Comment):

    Disturbing how the military has been co-opted by the Democrats, er, Communists.

    Just as they’ve invaded and conquered all the institutions. They owned the means of cultural production first. The military was the last to fall.

    And we have lost

    They are going to round us up and kill us

    Nah Bryan, the soldiers and Marines won’t do it. At most we have a shoot out with FBI v. 101st Airborne. Like our odds.

    The idea of the military overall, turning against citizens, seems to overlook that people on “their sided” tended to not go into the military anyway.

    Tended. Past tense.

    • #15
  16. kedavis Inactive
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    I am Jack’s Mexican identity (View Comment):

    Disturbing how the military has been co-opted by the Democrats, er, Communists.

    Just as they’ve invaded and conquered all the institutions. They owned the means of cultural production first. The military was the last to fall.

    And we have lost

    They are going to round us up and kill us

    Nah Bryan, the soldiers and Marines won’t do it. At most we have a shoot out with FBI v. 101st Airborne. Like our odds.

    The idea of the military overall, turning against citizens, seems to overlook that people on “their sided” tended to not go into the military anyway.

    Tended. Past tense.

    Even if they think their “gender diversity” will be welcomed now, I doubt they’re joining in great numbers.

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  17. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    @CACrabtree

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Clearly Milley is incapable of reflecting on his contradictory behavior. He responds in the moment to the woke agenda, and we are all supposed to respect his actions. Sigh.

    he is evil too

    Which makes him a perfect fit for Disney when he retires from the Military.

    • #17
  18. Rodin Member
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    @Rodin

    Milley puts the Praetorian in Praetorian Guard. 

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  19. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    EJHill+ (View Comment):

    The problem I have with it is that it’s one thing for Presidents to be seen with Marines at their duty station at the White House and another for them to be ordered to be used as props elsewhere.

    If we had a real press they would be asking where these Marines were stationed full time. If their full time duty station is the White House who ordered them to Philadelphia? Were they given the opportunity to know the substance of Biden’s speech and given the opportunity to decline?

    Considering Biden threatened half the country with F-15s, we now know that it’s a) the Air Force, and b) the Marines, who are stacked against us.  Damn you, military-wielding geniuses in power who sit at desks at 1600 Pennsyltucky Ave.

    Still time to get the Army, Navy and Coasties on board.

    • #19
  20. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    @GlennAmurgis

    The woke agenda of Milley is also having an impact on recruitment – I believe the only branch that his close to hitting the numbers are the Marines – they rest are drastically below target

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  21. David C. Broussard Coolidge
    David C. Broussard
    @Dbroussa

    History shows that for dictators to seize power they either need to control the military, or have street troops and the military stay in the barracks. General Milley will keep them in the barracks if they won’t support the administration. Remember most officers are ROTC grads or military academy grads. You think they ghavent been getting the full leftist agenda for those years? 

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  22. cdor Member
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    @cdor

    kedavis (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    I am Jack’s Mexican identity (View Comment):

    Disturbing how the military has been co-opted by the Democrats, er, Communists.

    Just as they’ve invaded and conquered all the institutions. They owned the means of cultural production first. The military was the last to fall.

    And we have lost

    They are going to round us up and kill us

    Nah Bryan, the soldiers and Marines won’t do it. At most we have a shoot out with FBI v. 101st Airborne. Like our odds.

    The idea of the military overall, turning against citizens, seems to overlook that people on “their sided” tended to not go into the military anyway.

    Tended. Past tense.

    Even if they think their “gender diversity” will be welcomed now, I doubt they’re joining in great numbers.

    Even if every queer in the country joined the Armed Forces…well, whatever. I can say with certainty that many of them are conservative and would probably be good soldiers.

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  23. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    I am sure that Milley would insist that the speech was about national security and not at all political. So what was in the water at Belmont Hill High?

    • #23
  24. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    @DaveSchmidt

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    EJHill+ (View Comment):

    The problem I have with it is that it’s one thing for Presidents to be seen with Marines at their duty station at the White House and another for them to be ordered to be used as props elsewhere.

    If we had a real press they would be asking where these Marines were stationed full time. If their full time duty station is the White House who ordered them to Philadelphia? Were they given the opportunity to know the substance of Biden’s speech and given the opportunity to decline?

    Considering Biden threatened half the country with F-15s, we now know that it’s a) the Air Force, and b) the Marines, who are stacked against us. Damn you, military-wielding geniuses in power who sit at desks at 1600 Pennsyltucky Ave.

    Still time to get the Army, Navy and Coasties on board.

    Any holdouts in the Space Force? 

    • #24
  25. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    I am sure that Milley would insist that the speech was about national security and not at all political. So what was in the water at Belmont Hill High?

    Oh my. 

    • #25
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