Rubio to Biden: Fire General Milley Now

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to President Joe Biden calling on him to right away fire Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley. “I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of us soldiers and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party beforehand of a possible armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC),” Rubio wrote. “These actions by General Milley demonstrate a transparent lack of judgment, and that I urge you to dismiss him immediately.”

“General Milley has attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by arguing that what he perceived because the military’s judgment as more stable than its civilian commander,” Rubio continued. “It may be a dangerous precedent that would be asserted at any point within the future by General Milley or others. It threatens to pan our nation’s longstanding principle of civilian control of the military.” “You must immediately dismiss General Milley. America’s national security and skill to steer within the world are at stake,” Rubio concluded. Rubio may be a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and president of the Senate Committee on Intelligence. The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Mr. President:

I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of us soldiers and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party beforehand of a possible armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These actions by General Milley demonstrate a transparent lack of judgment, and that I urge you to dismiss him immediately.

It has been reported that General Milley spoke together with his counterpart within the People’s Liberation Army after learning the PRC was worried about escalating tensions as a result of military exercises conducted within the South China Sea. Reportedly, General Milley told his counterpart: “[y]ou and that I have known one another, for now, five years. If we’re getting to attack, I’m getting to call you before time. It’s not getting to be a surprise.” I don’t get to tell of you the risks posed by senior military officers leaking classified information on U.S. military operations, but i will be able to underscore that such subversion undermines the President’s ability to barter and leverage one among this nation’s instruments of national power in his interactions with foreign nations.

Even more egregiously, reports indicate that General Milley interfered with the procedures by which the civilian commander-in-chief can order a nuclear strike. He purportedly instructed officials to not obey without his involvement and made them require an oath thereto effect. A senior officer interfering thereupon civilian-controlled process is just unacceptable at the best, and at the worst, would cause ambiguity which could lead on to war.

General Milley has attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by arguing that what he perceived because the military’s judgment was more stable than its civilian commander. it’s a dangerous precedent that would be asserted at any point within the future by General Milley or others. It threatens to pan our nation’s longstanding principle of civilian control of the military. You must immediately dismiss General Milley. America’s national security and skill to steer within the world are at stake.

Sincerely,

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