Milley confirms to Congress the most egregious part of Woodward’s book

| September 30, 2021

You’ll recall that in Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book it details a phone conversation CJCS General Milley had with his counterpart in the Communist Chinese military after the events of 6 Jan 2021. According to Woodward, Milley said, “General Li, 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. It’s not going to be a bolt out of the blue.”

Many in the military and outside the military saw that as treasonous talk. The highest ranking officer of the US military is telling the highest ranking officer of our prime global adversary that if the US was planning an attack, he’d personally give them a heads up. Operational security at the most basic level dictates you don’t give a call to your enemy just before attacking them to tell them you’re attacking them.

Yesterday, when testifying in front of the US House on the matter, Milley testified;

So this is a longer conversation. It’s a VTC [ video teleconference ] with General Li, and there’s a body of intelligence that leads up to this that was persuasive to Secretary Esper, myself, and many, many others that the Chinese thought wrongly that the United States is going to attack them. I am certain, guaranteed certain, that President Trump had no intent to attack and it was my task to make sure I communicated that.

As part of that conversation, I said, “General Li, there’s not going to be a war. There is not going to be an attack between great powers. And if there was, the tensions would build up. There’d be calls going back and forth from all kinds of senior officials.” I said, “Hey, General Li, I’ll probably give you a call [emphasis added], but we’re not going to attack you. Trust me, we’re not going to attack you.” These are two great powers and I am doing my best to transmit the president’s intent, President Trump’s intent, to ensure that the American people are protected from an incident that could escalate.

Source; Breitbart

Not since General Arnold have we had a flag officer so willing to work with our enemies. I really, truly hope that events played out like Milley says. If that’s the case, then this was a horribly executed, but genuine, attempt to calm fears. In that context, his comments are (and I’ll be generous here) diplomatic and not signalling actual intent to give up the element of surprise (a key component to battle/war). Finally I’ll say it’s boneheaded as all hell to go bragging about it to a couple of “journalists.”  That right there shows a startling lack of self-awareness on the substance and gravity of your statements.

That is, if the Chinese even actually believed we were going to just up and attack them. Demands have been made by Congresspersons to turn over the intelligence that led our leaders to believe that.

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  1. AW1 Rod says:

    So, how does Milley square this testimony with the conversation he had with that withered hag, Piglosi, in which both concluded that POTUS was “crazy?”

  2. SFC D says:

    Why is a 4 star wearing officer even discussing this with a reporter/author? Did we learn nothing from Stanley McChrystal? Did we miss our training on OPSEC, have we forgotten about “Need to Know?” There’s fuckery afoot.

  3. ChipNASA says:

    What. A. Pompous. ASSHOLE.
    Even more than LARS!!

    • KoB says:

      No need to run from telling the truth Chippy! Tho it may be good practice for you when you try to beat my time with OAM. In that case you need to run fast, run far…and have a real good head start.

      I wouldn’t believe that lying SoB Milley if he told me water was wet. President Trump didn’t really realize just how deep the Deep State was…nor did he realize the putridness of the swamp. I think that the bitch slap that OAM gave the spapos yesterday would be most apropos for this POS too.

      Wonder when the powers that be will be asking for his retirement papers. I still say we should give his job to LtCol Scheller.

      • ChipNASA says:

        Well wouldn’t that be refreshing?? Someone who walked the walk not only talked the talk but then again, it’s *got* to be a little off his rocker to give it the full “fuckitIgotnothingtolose”-ness.
        As far as running, yeah, I just do that to show that I’m doing nothing than stirring the shit pot and then *POOF!!!* I’m dat fuck outtahere!!

        Lars could, in a different universe, lick my hefty nutsack.

        I’ll leave this here for everyone’s amusement.
        RUN JOE, RUN!!!

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    I wondered when Benedict Arnold’s flip would come up. This appears to be a bit of CYA. Must be some handwriting on Milley’s walls.

  5. Jay says:

    Yet…..LtCol Scheller is the one in the brig right now. Right?

  6. DavidatWork17 says:

    Some of our adversaries have had a history of greatly misinterpreting signs and events. Able Archer ’83 is probably the best example. It didn’t help that the Soviet leadership felt, for certain, that AA83 was a first strike, and in doing so made one of the greatest errors that can be made with the intelligence community: they told their intel services exactly what they were looking for. And their intel services told them exactly what they wanted to hear.

  7. Roh-Dog says:

    And they filleted Flynn for….?

    Two-tiered justice ain’t…

    • timactual says:

      For doing his job before he officially had the job. The Soviets called had a similar crime, “premature anti-fascism” back when the Commies and the Nazis were BFF.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Plus, the Marine who pulled a baby over the wall a Kabul being investigated for “partisan political activity” because he appeared at a Trump rally:

  9. tommy ray says:

    It was a video teleconference,so where’s the tape? Should be easy to clear this up.

  10. Devtun says:

    A bit off topic.

    Marine Lance Cpl. Hunter Clark is reportedly under investigation for appearing at a Trump rally in Perry, Georgia ( was in civvies). LCpl Clark was the guy who pulled a baby over a wall during the A’Stan evacuation.

    • rgr769 says:

      This country needs a whole new set of high level leaders in every federal department and agency. Hopefully, ones who don’t turn out to be corrupt.

      • timactual says:

        Sadly we are past that stage. There are a boatload of little Eichmans embedded in the gov’t. who do their bit to make sure the trains run on time.

    • 5JC says:

      Last I checked Bad Orange Man isn’t running for any office in the world so not sure why .mil cares.

      • Anonymous says:

        Those evil White Extremist Supremacistses caused Climate Change, made the Loch Ness monster feel bad and called CRT stupid, and must be punished for something, comrade!

    • Anonymous says:

      Posted above. ↑

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      The Joker’s comment could well apply to the country.

  11. 2banana says:

    General Arnold was at least a war hero, led in front of his men and put himself in constant danger on the battlefield.

    In fact, that is the main reason he turned as he felt he didn’t get the recognition he deserved.

    These Generals today are cowards with zero intestinal fortitude and expect others to do their dirty work while they fail upwards.

  12. Steadfast&Loyal says:

    Pisses me off. If I were to do that I’d be canned and investigated. Private joe….incarcerated. Reminds me of the counter intelligence foul ups related to Robert Hanssen andAldritch Aimes