Don’t think retirement will be any big punishment, not when Milley will undoubtedly have positions in defense and intelligence contractors, high-powered lobbying firms, and think tanks awaiting him. From Ray McGovern at antiwar.com:
A week after President Harry Truman fired WWII war hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur in April 1951, MacArthur addressed a joint session of Congress with some self-pity about being overruled and under-appreciated by that civilian Truman: “Old soldiers never die – they just fade away.”
MacArthur had publicly criticized Truman for denying him permission to nuke “Red China” after it sent troops into Korea to fight U.S. troops there. That was in April 1951, 70 years ago. Truman explained: “I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President…I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was.”
Given, comparisons can be invidious, but the most charitable explanation for the behavior of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs 4-star Gen. Gen. Mark Milley – and the explanation most often adduced by those who know him – is that he merits the sobriquet Truman gave to 5-star MacArthur. I tend to be less charitable, seeing Milley as insubordinate and duplicitous, and – most important – trying to illegally insert himself into the sensitive chain of command to authorize the use of nuclear weapons.
Milley has not denied the stunning revelations in the book “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Aside from the almost incredible (but widely welcomed) report that Milley saw fit to warn his Chinese counterpart that he would give him a heads-up if an armed attack on China was coming, there is the equally astonishing revelation that Milley instructed senior Pentagon officials that he had to be involved in any discussions about launching nuclear weapons.