Retired General Jack Keane defends the indefensible
[Mediaite] Retired General Jack Keane appeared on The Story With Martha MacCallum Wednesday, where he came to the defense of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley. In the upcoming book, Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, it’s reported that Milly made secret calls with China in October 2020 and January 2021 over fears former President Trump might start a war. It’s reported that the purpose of the calls was to assure his Chinese counterpart that Trump would not start a war.
While Republicans have become enraged by the reporting, calling Milley’s actions treasonous, and calling for him to resign or be fired, Keane says the calls were nothing out of the ordinary.
"General Milley’s making a phone call to provide reassurances, which is his job," Keane said. "I mean, he's executing his responsibility and he’s doing it in concert with his own advisers and then sharing that with the interagency."
Keane also said that the president not being briefed on the calls was nothing unusual, and believes the whole story is being overblown.
"I don’t see anything that is undermining the civilian control of the military," Keane said. "If you took the facts, that are, I think, being sensationalized in this report, that would be an issue, as you (McCallum) just regurgitated here. But that is not what the Pentagon is reporting. It seems to be pretty much in sync with what we're used to seeing."
One of the main things causing outrage among some is the report that Milly made these calls in secret, making some believe he was undermining Trump, as has been the message in some segments on Fox News’s primetime shows. But Fox’s own Jennifer Griffin reported on Wednesday that the calls were in fact not secret, and that they were coordinated with multiple high-level Pentagon officials. It was even reported that Trump’s Secretary of Defense Mark Esper took the lead in the first call.
Posted by: Besoeker 2021-09-16