The Trump Administration was filled with far too many incompetent boobs, starting with Donald Trump (r).
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JANUARY 6TH ATTACK ON THE U.S. CAPITOL,
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
INTERVIEW OF: GENERAL MARK A. MILLEY [pdf]
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
[General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff]: …One example is I received a written document on the 11th, I think it’s — no, it’s the 12th, I think it is, the 12th of November, 3 days after Secretary Esper is relieved, I get called up into Acting SecDef Miller’s office. And it’s Miller, me, and Patel. Patel hands me a piece of paper and I testified this to Congress a couple, 3, 4 weeks ago hands a piece of paper to me signed by then President Trump. And it basically has two sentences in it.
And it says: You are hereby ordered to withdraw all U.S. military forces from Somalia no later than 31 December. The second sentence says: You are directed to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by 15 January. That’s it. And there was another line that said something like inform all allies or something like that. And I looked at Patel and I said: Who gave the President the military advice for this? Did you do this, Kash? And he said: Oh, no, no, I had nothing to do with it.
looked at Acting Secretary Miller and I said: Did you give the President military advice on this? Oh, no, no, not me. I said: Okay, well, we got to go over and see the President then to make sure that he’s fully informed — going back to the constitutional responsibilities — to make sure he’s fully informed. It’s a legal order, but I want to make sure. I’ve got duties to do here, constitutional duties that I’ve got to make sure he’s properly advised. So we go over to the White House. We walk into the National Security Advisor’s office, Robert O’Brien, hand him the order, said: Robert, where’s this coming from and is this true? And O’Brien says: I’ve never seen it before. Said okay. Kellogg is — Keith Kellogg, the National Security Advisor to the Vice President, is there. Kellogg says: Let me see this piece of paper. Kellogg takes the piece of paper, looks at it. He says: Something is really wrong here, this doesn’t look right.
And I looked at Kellogg and I said: You’re telling me that thing is forged? That’s a forged piece of paper directing a military operation by the President of the United States, that’s forged, Keith? And he said: I don’t know, I don’t know. So O’Brien and Kellogg then say: Give us a few minutes.
And they go away. I assume, I don’t know factually, but I assume it was to see the President. They come back 10 or 15 minutes later and they say: It’s rescinded. It’s over. It never existed. I said: Okay, fine. So it doesn’t exist. So I’ve seen reversals, like the little story about Gina, I’ve seen that before in that administration, these immediate reversals when challenged on specific things if they’re not rigorously thought out, et cetera. So that’s an example.
It appears that General Milley took his oath seriously.
Too many people bear responsibility for all of this.
Go to the transcripts. Pick one, any one. You will and should be horrified.