What do you do when the president is crazy?
This is basically the question that General Mark Millie, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced in the twilight days of the Trump administration. The answer, as Bob Woodward and Robert Costa report in their forthcoming book “Pearl”, is in the hands of some.
Mili, according to published accounts of those who have read the book, seems to believe that the angry, spitting, truth-denying Commander-in-Chief was in a state of mental anguish and that So, an immediate threat to world peace, so the general went around it, twice contacted his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zhucheng, through the back channel.
The first call was made last October. Milli had allegedly seen intelligence that China, enraged by US military exercises in the South China Sea and President Trump’s derogatory rhetoric, believed the US attack was imminent. He reassured Zucheng that this was not the case and went so far as to make an unusual promise: “If we are going to attack, I am going to call you ahead of time.”
Milli’s second call is said to have come as a result of a January 6 uprising in the capital. He reportedly felt the need to reassure China that the US government was stable, despite its apparent contradictions. Milli warned military officers not to obey the president’s orders to launch nuclear weapons unless they join Milli.
The ownership of Milli’s actions has come under heavy scrutiny. Trump-era national security adviser John Bolton defended him and expressed his patriotism. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said reassuring a nervous enemy was “not only normal, it’s expected.”
Florida’s San Marco Rubio, on the other hand, expressed “grave concern” and called for the immediate removal of President Biden Mill. Nor was the condemnation limited to morally weak political actors. Former Army Lt. Col. Alexander Windman, who testified against Trump in his first indictment and paid tribute to his career, said Millie resigned in “violation of the sacred principle of civilian control over the military.” Should give “. “A very dangerous example
But Trump has set dangerous examples on a daily basis over the years. It is at least understandable that this war was averted. And none of that sturm und Drang solves what seems like an obvious problem. That is, the question of how to deal with a mentally unbalanced president should never have been started by Mili, he should never have been responsible for it.
That he spoke of the unwavering cowardice of the political party that protected Trump, made excuses for him, lied to him, at every step. As his uncertain mental state became clearer than before, the GOP further clarified his refusal to fulfill his patriotic duty.
Blame it? Request 25th Amendment Just stand on hind legs and object?
No, no and no. Instead, the Gutless Old Party behaved like Mickey’s brothers in the old Life serial commercial: “I’m not going to try it. You try it.”
Now we must oppress a soldier who is necessary to answer the question that should never have come to his table and never would have, if they had displayed the molecule of courage. no. The most annoying thing here is not what Mili chose to do.
That is, he had to make a choice.
Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald. 21 2021 Miami Herald. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency