Woodward/Costa Book: Worried Trump Could ‘Go Rogue,’ Milley Took Top-Secret Action to Protect Nuclear Weapons

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      By Jamie Gangel, Jeremy Herb and Elizabeth Stuart, CNN
      Updated 12:55 PM ET, Tue September 14, 2021

      Washington (CNN)Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump’s top military adviser, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, single-handedly took top-secret action to limit Trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike or launching nuclear weapons, according to “Peril,” a new book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward and veteran Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.

      Woodward and Costa write that Milley, deeply shaken by the assault, ‘was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies.’Milley worried that Trump could ‘go rogue,’ the authors write.

      “You never know what a president’s trigger point is,” Milley told his senior staff, according to the book.

      In response, Milley took extraordinary action, and called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the process for military action, including launching nuclear weapons. Speaking to senior military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon’s war room, Milley instructed them not to take orders from anyone unless he was involved.

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      At times our Military can be frustrating, but they are the final and best check on a President who loses his marbles or has aspirations to be a dictator.  Thank heavens for experienced and sensible military leaders. Someday they might be the last, and only,  chance our country has to remain a Free Republic.

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      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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      In both cases the Commander in Chief gave orders to conduct a campaign and the Military carried those orders out a well as they could.  Neither was needed or wise. I do not know what advice the President received in either case (they don’t share that kind of info with me), but I doubt that the Military wanted to fight a war in either place. The leadership in the Military has experience in these kinds of no-win wars and probably did not want to waste troops or resources on such obvious foolishness. They were however in uniform and subject to the Oath that they took .  They obeyed orders and did the best that they could under the circumstances. Hopefully, in the future, we will have smarter and wiser men in the Oval Office.

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        when he went before the UN holding up a vial of what looked like powdered milk and claiming that Saddam was producing anthrax. As Harry S. Truman noted about the firing of Douglas MacArthur: “I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals. <b>If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”</b>

        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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          that Douglas MacArthur did a lot for Japan by giving the country a decent constitution.

          “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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