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The Digression Podcast

Chris and Jody are Air Force vets who enjoy military history and folklore. This is their podcast. They tell stories. They digress. A lot.

Aug 20, 2022

In this special episode, we're discussing General Milley's resignation letter to the President that he never sent, deciding instead to work against the Commander-in-Chief from the inside.

Military members have a duty to be loyal to the service and the officers appointed over them. Military officers can be punished under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice for using contemptuous words against the President. And yet, if this new book is to be believed, that's exactly what General Milley did in his official capacity as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Why do we say this? The New Yorker recently published an alleged resignation letter from General Mark Milley that was never submitted to former President Trump. The article is an excerpt from a new book by authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, who are unsurprisingly senior reporters for The New York Times and the New Yorker. Lacking any imagination at all, the authors have titled the book, “The Divider: Trump in the White House.”

According to the story, Milley wrote the scathing letter to Trump following federal officials clearing rioters out of Lafayette Square back in the summer of 2020. Remember, it was on June 1, 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd riots when Milley and other senior staff accompanied Trump part of the way across Lafayette Square after it had been cleared of Black Lives Matter.

Milley apologized after he was criticized by lefties, saying he should not have been there because his presence created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
We discussed this in Episode 28, Self Before Service, as part of a larger leadership context.

Anyway, now, Milley and The New Yorker have conjured up a resignation letter that was never submitted to the former president to make the anti-Trump general somehow look noble and heroic.

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