Milley: Calls to China were ‘perfectly’ within scope of job

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      Milley called the Chinese because of the not-so-secret agreement between the American, Russian, and Chinese militaries that they won’t allow any political leader to start a nuclear war on a whim or a fit of pique or whatever. This is common knowledge among many in the armed forces. Of course, you will never see that little agreement ever mentioned. Milley was just assuring the Chinese, as per that informal accord, and IMHO damned well should have called the Chinese if he heard they were concerned through back-channels, which is almost certainly true. 

      ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump’s presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job.

      In his first public comments on the conversations, Gen. Mark Milley said such calls are “routine” and were done “to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability.” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to The Associated Press and another reporter traveling with him to Europe.

      Milley has been at the center of a firestorm amid reports he made two calls to Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army to assure him that the United States was not going to suddenly go to war with or attack China.

      Descriptions of the calls made last October and in January were first aired in excerpts from the forthcoming book “Peril” by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. The book says Milley told Li that he would warn Li in the event of an attack.

      Full story here.

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      And Austin and Biden buying into the Japanese position hook, line, and sinker, committing the US armed forces to defend Japan over a bunch of uninhabited rocks in the East China Sea, I’m sure more phone calls from Milley will be needed in the future.

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      gordyfl
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      I don’t believe Milley called the Chinese to “reassure” them. He did it deliberately to scare them. To plant the idea in their heads.  Trump wasn’t going to bomb Bejing. It’s possible, though, Trump could have made an off the cuff remark, trying to be funny, like “We can bomb the crap out of them.” Trump and Milley are both idiots, but the scarier one is Milley.

      At least they are going to hold a hearing on this, so maybe we’ll get a clearer picture.

      I do know one Democrat who is thinking about buying the book based on that one story.

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      • #446001
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        At least it wasn’t a thermonuclear call.

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