By Tony Perkins
General Mark Milley wasn’t exactly inundated with friend requests after he helped botch the disastrous situation in Afghanistan. In fact, when President Biden said it was on the general’s advice that he closed Bagram Air Base, entire editorial boards were calling for the Joint Chief Chair’s resignation. But long before Kabul, an unflattering picture of Milley had already emerged. His defense of critical race theory and the president’s absurd climate change-as-a-security threat led many people to wonder if America’s top military leader had turned woke. Now, after Tuesday’s bombshells, they wonder if he’s a turncoat.
Headlines of “Treason!” and calls for Milley’s head were just part of the reaction to a new book by Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, Peril. In it, the authors make the astonishing claim that in the latter part of 2020, Milley — appointed by then-president Donald Trump — had reassured his Chinese counterpart that he would warn him if an attack by the U.S. was pending. Worried that Trump was “mentally unstable,” he told General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, “You and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”
The stunning allegation that Milley might have undermined American security and gone behind the commander-in-chief’s back came as a shock even to Donald Trump. “So, first of all, if it is actually true, which is hard to believe, that he would have called China and done these things and was willing to advise them of an attack in advance of an attack, that’s treason,” the former president told Sean Spicer on Newsmax TV. Besides that, Trump added, the idea that he would “unilaterally attack China” is “totally ridiculous.”
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