Treason from the Pentagon
I wrote my initial blog on the duties of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after reading a letter by House Speaker Pelosi where she states contacting General Milley directly about not following orders from President Trump.
As I said in my July 16, 2021 blog The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that was not Pelosi’s call to make, nor Milley’s to follow.
As the Chairman it is Milley’s duty to advise the President on military affairs. Milley failed in those duties and he should have resigned. What we have since learned as Bob Woodward’s book Peril is about to be released, the problem is much worse.
As the November 3rd 2020 election loomed nearer according to this 9-15-2021 NPR article General Milley felt so strongly about Trump that he spoke to his Chinese counterpart, as well as other world military leaders both in October and in January and felt justified that his actions were simply conducting his official duties of his office, instead of coming to his boss, submitting his letter of resignation and leaving his appointed office.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) is the highest-ranking and most senior military officer in the United States Armed Forces and is the principal military advisor to the president, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and the secretary of defense. While the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff outranks all other commissioned officers, the chairman is prohibited by law from having operational command authority over the armed forces; however, the chairman does assist the president and the secretary of defense in exercising their command functions.
The chairman convenes the meetings and coordinates the efforts of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), an advisory body within the Department of Defense comprising the chairman, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the chief of staff of the Army, the commandant of the Marine Corps, the chief of naval operations, the chief of staff of the Air Force, the chief of space operations, and the chief of the National Guard Bureau. The post of a statutory and permanent Joint Chiefs of Staff chair was created by the 1949 amendments to the National Security Act of 1947. The 1986 Goldwater–Nichols Act elevated the chairman from the first among equals to becoming the “principal military advisor” to the president and the secretary of defense.
The Joint Staff, managed by the director of the Joint Staff and consisting of military personnel from all the services, assists the chairman in fulfilling his duties to the president and secretary of defense, and functions as a conduit and collector of information between the chairman and the combatant commanders. The National Military Command Center (NMCC) is part of the Joint Staff operations directorate (J-3).
Although the office of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is considered very important and highly prestigious, neither the chairman, the vice chairman, nor the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a body has any command authority over combatant forces. The Goldwater–Nichols Act places the operational chain of command from the president to the secretary of defense directly to the commanders of the unified combatant commands. However the services chiefs do have authority over personnel assignments and oversight over resources and personnel allocated to the combatant commands within their respective services (derived from the service secretaries).
The chairman may also transmit communications to the combatant commanders from the president and secretary of defense as well as allocate additional funding to the combatant commanders if necessary. The chairman also performs all other functions prescribed under 10 U.S.C. § 153 or allocates those duties and responsibilities to other officers in the joint staff under his or her name.
General Milley also went to the heads of Trump cabinet officials about his plans and military commanders and fellow officers basically ordering their allegiance to him and not obeying the President’s orders without him authorizing it.
Does the oath of office not say “I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the officers appointed over me”?
The last time I checked the Chairman is not the President of the United States, nor is he appointed over any military service personnel.
The Chairman is the highest ranking military advisor to the President and has no command authority over any troops whatsoever. By virtue of his actions and his words General Milley is not an honorable man and should resign, to be faced with military and federal law as a co-conspirator of a coup.
The fact that President Biden supports and feels Milley’s actions are justified has no merit and only makes Biden complicit along with every elected official and military member who chose to be on the wrong side of this issue.
Elected officials can and should be impeached; military members can and should be courts marshalled under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Hatred of former President Trump must not be the basis for shredding and ignoring the Constitution of the United States.
We are seeing how lack of sound military advice can turn a well-organized troop withdrawal from a combat zone into a national disaster at the cost of American and Allied lives. Chairman Milley is doing further harm to our nation by attempting to justify his treasonous actions.
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