According to Bob Woodward's new book "Peril," Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley took instruction from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
If you believe the latest Bob Woodward book, the United States has lost civilian control of its military unless you count Nancy Pelosi, who seems to have been in control of everything since she became speaker in 2019 with the single-minded goal of bringing down Donald Trump.
Everything has gone downhill since, and most dangerously at the Pentagon, where a cohort of woke generals fell under Pelosis malign spell.
Thats the only way you can understand how Gen. Mark Milley could have become so deranged that he cast himself as the hero of a Seven Days in May-style fever dream in which only he could save the nation from Trump launching nuclear war with China to stay in office.
Its an insane scenario, a left-wing equivalent of the most far-fetched QAnon conspiracies.
But this is what is claimed in the Woodward book, titled Peril, co-authored by Robert Costa. So alarmed was the tightly wound general about what he imagined Trump might do in the weeks before and after last years election that he made secret calls to his counterpart in China, promising to warn him if the president ordered an attack.
A lot of Republicans are demanding that Milley be tried for treason, after the Washington Post published extracts from Peril this week. But a lunatic asylum might be more appropriate.
A statement Wednesday from the Pentagon confirmed that Milley had made the calls to Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng in October and January but denied that they were secret or that he was usurping presidential authority.
Yet Trump says he didnt know about them, and neither did Chris Miller, the acting defense secretary in January, who told Fox News he did not and would not ever authorize the general to make such calls.
Its clear that Milley, or people authorized by him, leaked details of his delusional derring-do to a number of authors because he is proud of his actions. His lack of shame bodes ill for the country if he remains the nations highest-ranking military officer as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The botched withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan over which he presided was bad enough. Whats next?
The most disturbing part of the Milley story that emerges from at least three accounts of the Trump presidency vying for bookshelf space this fall is Pelosis malign influence. Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Former President Donald Trump stated Gen. Mark Milley should be tried for TREASON for allegedly contacting his Chinese counterpart. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
The general seemed to treat her as his commander-in-chief. Pelosi, who was engaged in a blood feud with Trump that had sent her batty, manipulated and bullied Milley.
A transcript of a call with Pelosi two days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, obtained by the Peril authors, has her ranting at Milley about Trumps access to nuclear weapons.
If they couldnt even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do? And is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?
Hes crazy. You know hes crazy. Hes been crazy for a long time. So dont say you dont know what his state of mind is. see also Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley (L) chats with US President Donald Trump after he delivered the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump Defense Sec. Miller denies giving Milley OK to China call
Milley reportedly responded: Madam Speaker. I agree with you on everything.
After Pelosis hysterical call, he phoned China.
General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years, Milley reportedly told him. If were going to attack, Im going to call you ahead of time.
He also convened a meeting of top military officials in the Pentagon that afternoon and insisted they inform him if the president called about any military actions.
It wasnt his place to insert himself in the chain of command. He was just a military adviser to the president, with no role in commanding troops.
But by then he was a fully paid-up member of the Trump Derangement cult in Washington.
You could trace the madness of Milley to the day in June 2020 when he posed with Trump outside St. Johns Church in Lafayette Square near the White House.
The country was convulsed by anti-cop riots, and Democrats, seeing political advantage in the chaos, were obstructing Trumps efforts to contain the violence. The historic church had been firebombed in riots so ferocious that the president and his family had to be whisked into a bunker for their safety. Then-President Donald Trump holds a Bible. Then-President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. Johns Church across Lafayette Park amid the George Floyd riots on June 1, 2020. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Dozens of US Park Police and Secret Service officers were injured. The next day the Park Police cleared the square so contractors could erect extra security fencing around the park.
Trumps photo with a Bible outside the church surrounded by members of his administration was a stunt, but it also was important to reassure the nation that the president was in command. It was frightening how close the insurgents had come to the White House.
But the media narrative pushed by candidate Joe Biden and Pelosi was that Trump had tear-gassed peaceful protesters and driven them out of the square for a photo op. This was a lie, as the inspector general of the Department of the Interior stated in a forensic report into the incident a year later.
But Pelosi was deranged, screaming over the phone at Milley, vilifying federal law enforcement as storm troopers and using her favorite fattist slurs against Attorney General Bill Barr, whom she called a blob and a henchman. see also Jen Psaki; Mark Milley. WH defends Milley given context, Joint Chiefs affirm calls to China
Milley took her critique to heart and made a pathetic video apology that he said was on behalf of an apolitical military.
My presence in that moment and in that environment created the perception of the military involved in politics.
What a joke.
This is the same Milley who compared Trump to Hitler and called Trumps supporters brownshirts.
In one account, Milley went to President Bidens inauguration and told Michelle Obama, No one has a bigger smile today than I do.
Milley reportedly considered resigning because Trump asked him to join him for that photo op.
But he didnt resign when Biden insisted he abandon Bagram Air Base and set in motion the worst military disaster in half a century.
How can we allow someone with such bad judgment to remain chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
Milleys delusions of grandeur could get us all killed. For real, as Joe Biden likes to say.