It’s well known that silence is deemed acceptance and the silence of mainstream media over Donald Trump’s latest outrage, suggesting that General Mark Milley should be executed for treason is the bridge too far. Outrageous doesn’t even begin to describe it — both the comment and the fact that it goes unchallenged in the press. Yet we are numb to both. Mary Trump, the niece of the man she calls the “vicious, ignorant, man-child who needed to be treated with kid gloves because of his lack of impulse control and supra-abundance of vindictiveness,” wrote her take on the Milley issue on her Substack page. It piques her, and many others, that mainstream media seems to be ignoring that Trump’s violent rhetoric towards the general has gone ignored.
So, of course, in a fit of pique, Donald posts a suggestion that Gen. Milley would have been executed at an earlier time in American history (presumably back when we were “great”). In the run-up to the 2020 election, in the wake of Donald’s erratic behavior and irresponsible threats against China, Milley spoke with his Chinese counterpart in order to assuage his fears that, as intelligence suggested, officials in China were deeply concerned that Donald was going to launch an actual attack against them.
Milley’s stated goal was to “deconflict military actions, manage crisis, and prevent war between great powers that are armed with the world’s most deadliest weapons.”
There are plenty of things to criticize about Milley’s time as head of the Joint Chiefs, the worst of which was his participation in the walk to Lafayette Square during George Floyd protests for which he has repeatedly apologized. And there is a theoretical conversation to be had about Milley’s behind-the scenes maneuverings that, one could potentially argue, undermined the authority of his commander-in-chief.
Whichever way that conversation plays out, however, it is Donald’s threats—which are becoming more extreme and increasingly pointed—that are not at all theoretical.
Do we think his amped up followers, who’ve been wallowing in the juices of Donald’s grievances four over six years now, are going to read Donald’s post as mere historical commentary? No. Neither does Donald. That’s why he posts such things. He knows what his followers will believe after reading, “in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH.” They will believe that Gen. Milley betrayed Donald and therefore deserves to die.
After the surreally bad NBC interview with Kristen Welker, I wrote: “the unchallenged lies sink in, adding to the sense that all transgressions—against truth, decency, American democracy—are already ‘baked in,’ and that sussing out the truth, or holding him accountable in any way, is just so much noise.”
Ignoring this direct threat to Milley needs to be seen in this context as well. Wake up, media. It’s long past time.
Mark Milley is a hero, not a traitor. He contemplated resigning at one point and apparently thought better of it and thank God for us that he did. We might have had Michael Flynn as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, had Milley resigned, and that would have spelled the end of America. Flynn is the sort of combative, corrupt, and corrosive personality who would gladly destroy the military in order to lead it in a fascistic manner. He’d love nothing more, in fact. Maybe his brother Joseph would help him. We don’t know and we definitely don’t want to find out.
Steve Schmidt’s context of this event is noteworthy. But most of all, read the letter that the general wrote. These were his thoughts. He was moved to write this letter but thought better of delivering it. This is a momentous chapter in American history, make no mistake.
Trump must never hold power in this country again. His rancid cause is without redemption or hope. Donald Trump is the greatest domestic enemy of the American people since Jefferson Davis and Robert Lee were waging war against the US Constitution.
Read this letter from General Milley. He compares Trump to the Nazis and other totalitarians against which humanity prevailed. They killed 150 million human beings in the first 45 years of the 20th century. When they were destroyed, the world was remade. The evil has returned, and they wish to remake the world again. General Milley knows what he is looking at because his profession of arms is our guarantor of peace and liberty. He is prepared to fight, so he is prepared to see. Are we prepared to listen?
General Mark Milley of the United States Army has something to say, and it is a doozy:
“The events of the last couple weeks have caused me to do deep soul-searching, and I can no longer faithfully support and execute your orders as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is my belief that you were doing great and irreparable harm to my country. I believe that you have made a concerted effort over time to politicize the United States military. I thought that I could change that. I’ve come to the realization that I cannot, and I need to step aside and let someone else try to do that.
Second, you are using the military to create fear in the minds of the people—and we are trying to protect the American people. I cannot stand idly by and participate in that attack, verbally or otherwise, on the American people. The American people trust their military and they trust us to protect them against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and our military will do just that. We will not turn our back on the American people.
Third, I swore an oath to the Constitution of the United States and embodied within that Constitution is the idea that says that all men and women are created equal. All men and women are created equal, no matter who you are, whether you are white or Black, Asian, Indian, no matter the color of your skin, no matter if you’re gay, straight or something in between. It doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jew, or choose not to believe. None of that matters. It doesn’t matter what country you came from, what your last name is—what matters is we’re Americans. We’re all Americans. That under these colors of red, white, and blue—the colors that my parents fought for in World War II—means something around the world. It’s obvious to me that you don’t think of those colors the same way I do. It’s obvious to me that you don’t hold those values dear and the cause that I serve.
And lastly it is my deeply held belief that you’re ruining the international order, and causing significant damage to our country overseas, that was fought for so hard by the Greatest Generation that they instituted in 1945. Between 1914 and 1945, 150 million people were slaughtered in the conduct of war. They were slaughtered because of tyrannies and dictatorships. That generation, like every generation, has fought against that, has fought against fascism, has fought against Nazism, has fought against extremism. It’s now obvious to me that you don’t understand that world order. You don’t understand what the war was all about. In fact, you subscribe to many of the principles that we fought against. And I cannot be a party to that. It is with deep regret that I hereby submit my letter of resignation.”
General Milley didn’t pull the trigger on this letter, but his finger was on it. The question for the American people is: have we learned anything? Should Trump become president again, his chairman may wear a uniform like Milley’s, but he won’t have Milley’s integrity and fidelity. He will be all in for Trump. That will be the only way to get the job. The type of man who will serve Trump will gladly wreck the US military to lead it. That is the sickness of MAGA.
That is the sickness of MAGA and only a sick MAGA general would get the job, and it would be Mike Flynn, the pardoned felon who went to prison for lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. Vladimir Putin would love nothing more than to see Flynn running the military. They used to have dinner together in Moscow and they would again, in that eventuality, grinning and toasting Putin’s bloodless coup of America with vodka. The shade of Nikita Khrushchev would be there in the room smiling, saying, “I told you we would take you over without firing a shot.”
Democracy is a fragile thing. It only takes a few people, in key positions, to sell out our country and we are gone. And we’re in a position where that easily could happen. Mitt Romney announced a short while ago, “a very large portion of my party doesn’t really believe in the Constitution.” There you have it. The ones who are elected to power see power as the goal of elected office, not being trusted stewards of the Constitution and preserving our way of life.
General Milley saw the handwriting on the wall and he decided to stay at his post and fight the good fight. We are greatly in his debt. And naturally, a man like Trump, who isn’t fit to wipe the general’s boots, is talking about having him executed for treason. This is the sickness of MAGA, the cancer of Donald Trump upon the body politic.