Why General Milley should resign
During 20 years of active duty service, I cannot recall any discussions of partisan politics. Of course, we had our ideas about which potential Commander-in-Chief would be good for the nation and voted accordingly. But no one in my memory went around saying how they voted.
But President Obama and Valerie Jarrett changed all that. They dismissed over 200 generals and admirals who had driven Saddam out of Kuwait and, after 9/11, destroyed Osama bin Laden’s base camp in Afghanistan, and defeated Saddam’s army in Iraq.
President Obama and right-hand woman Jarrett destroyed the Old Military which, since President Truman desegregated our Armed Forces in 1948, allowed meritocracy to work its magic to the point that men of color were represented in the officer corps in proportion to their numbers in the general population. We came to think of each other as one color: Olive Drab.
Women, however, posed a problem. Seasoned officers and NCOs did not want women in the Combat Arms: Infantry, Artillery, and Armor. And certainly not in Infantry Combat, that cauldron of blood, gore, and mud that can be horrible beyond description. An environment, come to think of it, not fit for anyone. Nevertheless, a number of non-Infantry Combat slots were found for women some of whom excelled in aviation, including jet fighters.
Under President Obama and Jarrett, the selection boards for generals and admirals were instructed to promote officers who were thought to be less Old Military -- focused on combat readiness -- and more New Military -- focused on the redress of social issues. No matter that meritocracy had already made our Armed Forces a model of racial, ethic, and religious equality.
All too soon, promotion-centered dishonesty reared its ugly head. Promotion beakoned for officers willing to fan the flames of race, gender, and sexual-preference. The Old Military was no longer Olive Drab. It was replaced by a Rainbow of clashing colors. Combat readiness took second place.
Now, a political officer corps has given us a chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff who may be guilty of Sedition which is: "Overt conduct, such as speech and organization that tends toward rebellion against the established order. Sedition includes incitement of discontent toward or insurrection against established authority." [Bold mine.}
Two reporters from The Washington Post say General Mark Milley told his Pentagon staff that President Trump is "Another Hitler." With absolutely no evidence that President Trump was going to order the military to do anything unusual, General Milley told his aides, "They may try to stage a coup but they are not going to f---ing succeed. You can’t do that without the military. You can’t do that without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns."
Apparently, General Milley was "projecting" what he would do if his reelection had been stolen. Nevertheless, General Milley’s words to his aides might be sufficient to convict him of Sedition under U.S. Code 89, Article 94, Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Our nation does not deserve a JCS Chairman who brings discredit upon the JCS by uttering Seditious statements to his subordinates. General Mark Milley should resign.
Suggested reading: U.S. Code 89, Article 94, UCMJ. The Officer’s Guide by Russell B. Reynolds, Stackpole Books, 1968.
©2021. William Hamilton.