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Chief of Staff Milley should be fired, there I said it!

Chief of Staff Milley should be fired, there I said it!

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley has become a controversial person in a position where controversy is a serious detriment.

On the extremes, Milley is either a courageous national hero or a person who has betrayed his duty and trust.  Those extreme views are the products of those with highly emotional opinions about former President Trump.  The Trump haters love Milley and the Trump acolytes hate the guy.

If you discard the hyperbolic views, there is sufficient evidence that Milley has proven to be a person of poor judgment – and it is a lot more than the current controversy surrounding his actions and statements associated with Trump’s presidency.  The current bruhaha is more of the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.

This latest controversy stems from a book written by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa entitled “Peril.”  In it, the authors not only describe Milley as a man highly concerned that Trump would launch some fatalistic military action as the product of a depraved mind.  Milley even called his counterpart in China to assure them that there would be procedures in place that would prevent Trump from launching nuclear missiles on Beijing.  He demeaned the United States by excusing the current situation by saying that our system is “sloppy.”  His call to his Chinese counterpart after the Capitol Hill riot was disturbingly outside the chain-of-command.

The book reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a hysterical call to Milley begging him to protect the nuclear codes.  He assured her that he would.  That conversation was inappropriate on both parts – and if Pelosi did not know that the President cannot unilaterally launch the atomic arsenal, she is dangerously ill-informed.  More likely the call was just a political stunt.

While judging – and even misjudging – Trump’s state of mind has the subject of a lot of partisan parlor talk, there is virtually no indication that Trump demonstrated the slightest inclination for starting a war.  Personally, I think Milley was operating with a “Doctor Strangelove” fantasy in his head – raising questions about his own mental stability.  

The General seemed to be operating on an old canard that that was advanced by the left quite often during the Trump presidency.  They constantly fearmongered that Trump would “push the button” and launch a nuclear holocaust.

On a couple occasions, I used my commentaries to remind readers that Trump – and no President – has the sole power to launch America’s nuclear arsenal.  There are too many safeguards … too many people involved … to many “buttons” to push.

When Milley found it necessary to inform his fellow commanders that they MUST follow the procedures … period … he was telling them what they already knew.  He was admonishing them to play by the rules as if he expected they would not.  That seems as much a distrust of his military colleagues as it is of the President.    

But my headline suggestion that Milley should resign – or be fired – is not just based on this one instance.  He has been inappropriately outspoken regarding the Commander-in-Chief – the President – on several occasions.  And each time he was asked to confirm or deny what he was alleged to have said, he suddenly discovered silence – something he should have maintained in the first place.

He was adamant when advising Trump to postpone his December 2020 deadline to remove all troops from Afghanistan – and that advice was leaked with Milley as the suspected leaker.  He is also believed to be the source of the Woodward/Costa book.

An argument could be made that Milley is a show boater more interested in his public image than the restraints of his military duties.

Not all of Milley’s inappropriate behavior was in opposition to hypothetical actions by Trump.  He also did not know his place when he joined Trump on the trek through Lafayette Square to the steps of St. John’s Episcopal Church – that rioters had attempted to burn down the night before.

It was not so much Trump’s visit – which I opined, at the time, was ill-conceived and badly executed – but that one of the top military leaders would accompany him.  That was not the role of the Armed Services during an insurrection.  (If they label the Capitol Hill riot as an insurrection, we should properly apply that to all those other riots.)  

Milley was not there for security but involving himself in a domestic disruption.  That is the role for the FBI, the local police, and even the National Guard – with some exceptions.  In that case, Milley was roundly criticized by the left – the same folks currently elevating him to hero status.  Oh, the hypocrisy!

This last example of poor judgment should be the career closer for Milley.  MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough applauds Milley’s actions – including his calls to China on the basis that commanders and diplomats often have direct conversations with their counterparts.  But with his bias, Scarborough misses the critical point.  They normally have those conversations in SUPPORT of the American President and American policies – not to undermine the nation’s Chief Executive or cast doubt on his mental state.  

In that, Milley was taking a very narrow politically partisan path – one that is totally inappropriate.  He should go.  One can recall how General Alexander Haig was lambasted for claiming that he was in charge at the White House when President Reagan was shot.  Scarborough and the other Milley cheerleaders took a very different position when it came to General Michael Flynn talking to Russian officials.  More hypocrisy? 

I do not think of Milley as a traitor – as some contend.  But it is fair to say that his judgment has not been very good on a lot of serious matters – and he has too often crossed the line into the political affairs-of-state.  President Biden says he has confidence in Milley.  Maybe so.  But Milley has damaged his own credibility sufficiently to be replaced – and he should be.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Dan Tyree

    Get a rope

    • LMS

      The general has committed treason!

      By Section 110 of Article III. of the Constitution of the United States, it is declared that:

      “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open Court. The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason.”

      In 1790, the Congress of the United States enacted that:

      “If any person or persons, owing allegiance to the United States of America, shall levy war against them, or shall adhere to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States, or elsewhere, and shall be thereof convicted on confession in open Court, or on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act of the treason whereof he or they shall stand indicted, such person or persons shall be adjudged guilty of treason against the United States, and SHALL SUFFER DEATH; and that if any person or persons, having knowledge of the commission of any of the treasons aforesaid, shall conceal, and not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President of the United States, or some one of the Judges thereof, or to the President or Governor of a particular State, or some one of the Judges or Justices thereof, such person or persons, on conviction, shall be adjudged guilty of misprision of treason, and shall be imprisoned not exceeding seven years, and fined not exceeding one thousand dollars.”

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  2. Robert L. Kahlcke

    No to firing.
    Convene a Court Martial and upon conviction Incarceration with the loss of ALL BENEFITS.

  3. Ben

    * All enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC.

    He upheld his oath.

    • Dan Tyree

      Ben it really isn’t an act. You really are a dumbass

  4. Glenn S

    Biden having confidence in Milley is just one more strike against him.

  5. aNDREW Jackson

    Among his other faults I believe Milley let it go to his head when he, who always figured himself to be second rate anyway, was appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs by the most popular president, ever, since Franklin Roosevelt. My guess is all of a sudden Milley saw himself to be bigger, better and smarter on foreign policy than the president who appointed him who was elected in a landslide victory over, the presumed first female president to be, Hillary Clinton. I am letting Milley off easy here because if I am mistaken then, in that case, Milley was a traitor against President Trump on behalf of the DNC and Chinese Communist Party.

  6. Good Luck luck

    You can not trust him, I would not want him running a Animal shelter.

  7. RJ O'Guillory

    ….long ago…he should have been gone. The historic, ironic twist will always be that the guy who made a fortune claiming he knew how to hire and fire…was so bad at hiring and firing in his administration. How to explain that?

  8. Joseph S. Bruder

    First of all, if you’re whining, you’re losing…

    Secondly, NOBODY before or after, has had poorer judgement than Trump. Milley used his position to calm the Chinese, who were just as paranoid about Trump as he was about them. Trump has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t give a shit about anyone but himself. He would throw his wife under the bus (just like the first two), he would ditch his kids, he let 500,000 people needlessly die of COVID because he didn’t want to look weak by wearing a mask, and I have no doubt that he would have started a war and let millions of people die to keep himself in office. That is simply what a narcissistic psychopath does. Milley was right to defend the country any way he could, from threats external and internal.

  9. Homer Dobbs

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