For a short period of time, control of the ability of the United States kill millions people and destabilize the globe the process was covertly taken out of Donald Trump’s hands by a maneuver by the country’s top general – at least according to two Bob’s selling a new book about his presidency (Bob Woodward and Robert Costa).
According to CNNWoodward and Costa write in their new book: Danger, that after the storming of the Capitol on January 6 by a mob of angry MAGA thugs, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Millie worried that some kind of nuclear incident could be Trump’s last desperate grip in power. Based on the book’s description, Millie “was convinced that Trump had seriously fallen in mental state after the elections, and Trump was now almost insane, yelling at officials and building his own alternative reality about endless election plots,” and that the then president could “get off mind. “
On January 8, Millie allegedly held a secret meeting at his office at the Pentagon with senior officers from the National Military Command Center, a kind of military command-communications room that serves as the nerve center between civilian commanders (president and commanders-in-chief).secretary defense) and military action. CNN wrote that Danger Describes in detail the meeting at which the assembled officers were told in so many words to ignore any orders that did not concern him:
“No matter what you are told, you are the one who does the procedure. You are doing the process. And I am part of that procedure, ”Milli told the officers, according to the book. Then he walked around the room, looked each officer in the eye and asked to verbally confirm that they understood.
“Clear?” Millie asked, according to the book.
“Millie took it as an oath,” the authors write.
If this is true, then it would obviously be an obstacle for Trump. nuclear strike Pyongyang or invade Iran, or whatever other outrageous idea he could come up with, on the assumption that a new spicy war could allow him to remain in power forever.
Danger It is also detailed that before the Pentagon meeting, Millie and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the phone about the safety of national nuclear arsenals. Pelosi had similar concerns that Trump might blow something up on the way out, according to the call transcript received by Woodward and Costa.
“I’m telling you that if they couldn’t even stop him from storming the Capitol, who even knows what else he can do?” Pelosi asked for the reported transcript shows. “And is there anyone in the White House executives who did anything other than kiss their fat ass all over this? … You know he’s crazy. He lost his mind a long time ago.
“Madam Speaker, I agree with you on everything,” Milli reportedly replied.
We can safely assume that by “they” Pelosi meant “literally anyone.” Millie did in fact, answer by calling the next best person – the heads of two prominent U.S. intelligence agencies, according to CNN’s account of the book:
After the call, Millie decided that he needed to act. He told his security chiefs to keep an eye on everything “all the time.” He called the director of the National Security Agency, Paul Nakasone, and told him: “Raise your needles … keep watching, scanning.” And he told then-CIA director Gina Haspel, “Aggressively watch everything, 360 degrees.”
The authors write, “Millie watched the mobilization of America’s national security state without the knowledge of the American people or the rest of the world.”
Depending on who you ask, this is either an extraordinary step to protect a peaceful transfer of power from an abnormal presidency, or striking violation the principle of civilian control of the armed forces, or just a fabricated anecdote that can rehabilitate someone’s reputation after, say, they were part of a photo op with Trump in which they participated brutal attack on hundreds of peaceful demonstrators… Your guess is as good as ours!
Trump Fingers Theme nuclear button (in fact extra long button chain) was a constant source anxiety throughout his presidency. Which is understandable, because this is the guy who supposedly thought that destruction of hurricanes might be a good idea. In 2017, the then head of Strategic Command and Air Force General John Hayten, in charge of launching nuclear weapons, reassured participants on the security forum that he was not “stupid” and would refuse to “carry out an illegal order” by Trump.
CNN’s recap of the juiciest snippets Danger include anecdotes about former CIA Director Gina Haspel warning Millie of a “right-wing coup”, as well as the suggestion that Trump might attack Iran. and the return of a bloated corpse and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to Trump’s orbit to help organize the MAGA rally prior to the January 6 riots. There is See also more details on how Trump spent the day of unrest watching the events on TV, ignoring calls by former Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser, retired general Keith Kellogg, to intervene.
V Washington Post collected additional anecdotes about Millie reportedly the need to reassure the head of the People’s Liberation Army of China, General Li Zuocheng, that the US government is “stable and everything will be fine”, without any “kinetic operations against you.”
The book is also reported claims that when then Vice President Mike Pence refused to use his ceremonial role in certifying the 2020 election results to Congress as a way to reverse Joe Biden’s victory, an angry Trump asked: “But wouldn’t it be cool to have that kind of power?” After Pence explained that it was impossible, Trump told him, “I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t.”
A curse! Fake friends, all of you. SMDH.