According to the new book “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Gen. Mark Milleyfelt the need to personally–and secretly–assure his Chinese counterpart that the U.S., regardless of what Demander-in-Chief Trump was blustering and tweeting about, would not attack China. Trump and his GOPster lackeys have now labeled the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs a “traitor.”
He’s not. In a Strangelovian way, he actually had the back of anybody who understandably feared a cataclysmic, worst-case scenario with a raging, unhinged president with access to nuclear codes. But Gen. Milley did have other choices besides blind fealty to an existential threat. He could have made a high-profile resignation—and then lend de facto support for, say, the 25th Amendment that can be invoked to remove a president for disability, including mental imbalance. Perhaps Mike Pence would have agreed by that time.