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October 27, 2021

Pentagon calls China’s weapons test ‘very concerning’

China recently tested a hypersonic weapon system as part of its aggressive advancement in space and military technologies, a move that a top Pentagon official calls “very concerning.”

“What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system, and it is very concerning,” said Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Milley said classified information prevented him from expanding on the details. He said the US is also working on hypersonic weapons.

“I think I saw in some of the newspapers, they used the term Sputnik moment,” Milley said. “I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that. So it’s a very significant technological event that occurred, or test that occurred, by the Chinese. And it has all of our attention.”

The Soviet Union stunned the world with their launching of a Sputnick satellite in 1957. The move sparked fear that the US was falling behind technologically.

China refuted reports about its test, saying it was testing technology for a reusable space vehicle for peaceful purposes.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Milley’s comments conveyed concern regarding China’s military advancements.

“They continue to pursue capabilities that increase tensions in the region,” Psaki said. “And we continue to have concerns about that. And I think that was reflected in his comments.”

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Gen. Milley calls Chinese weapon test ‘very concerning

September 29, 2021

Biden administration infighting: officials point fingers over Afghanistan botch

Top Pentagon officials pointed fingers at the State Department for not starting civilian evacuations from Afghanistan sooner while referring to the withdrawal as “chaotic” during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan concluded on Aug. 31. Though over 124,000 individuals made it out of Kabul, at least 100 US citizens and thousands of Afghan allies remain in the country.

The House Armed Services Committee pressed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on why evacuations didn’t begin sooner, and he said it was a “State Department call.”

“We certainly would have liked to see it go faster or sooner,” Austin said. “But, again, they had a number of things to think through as well.” 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley later described the evacuation efforts as “chaotic.” Milley emphasized that the “noncombatant evacuation” was not handled by his department.

“That’s a different operation,” Milley said. “And I think, that, in the first two days as we saw, were not only chaotic, but violent and high-risk.”

Milley referred to the 20-year war as a “strategic failure” for the US and warned that the Taliban still poses a threat.

“The Taliban was and remain a terrorist organization and they still have not broken ties with al Qaeda,” Milley testified. “I have no illusions who we are dealing with.” 

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Pentagon leaders blame State Department for chaotic Afghanistan evacuation of civilians

September 29, 2021

Top generals said they advised leaving some troops in Afghanistan, contradicting Biden’s earlier claim

A few top military officials said Tuesday they advised President Joe Biden that 2,500 troops should remain in Afghanistan, contradicting Biden’s previous claims.

During their congressional testimony, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and head of the US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie said they agreed with Gen. Austin Miller’s recommendation that 2,500 troops remain in the country.

“I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion, and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation. I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan,” McKenzie said.

Milley echoed that assessment to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I am required, and the military commanders are required, to give our best military advice, but the decision-makers are not required to follow that advice,” Milley said.

However, Biden said during an interview with ABC News in August following the withdrawal.

“Your top military advisers warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops,” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos told Biden in the interview.

“No, they didn’t,” Biden said. “It was split. That wasn’t true.”

“Here’s what I’ve learned so far, number one, the president of the United States lied to the American people about the advice that you gave to him about the military judgment that you provided,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said. “I think you’ve all testified to that effect now repeatedly.”

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Gen. Milley says Biden ignored request to keep some troops in Afghanistan, contradicting earlier Biden claim

September 16, 2021

Multiple calls for Gen. Mark Milley’s resignation amid China claims

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley faces calls for his resignation amid reports of “secret” phone calls with China. New information from the upcoming book “Peril” claims that Milley contacted his Chinese counterpart toward the end of Trump’s term, promising he would provide advance notice of any impending military strikes.

Retired Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, a noted Trump critic, took to social media to voice his opinion on the matter.

“If this is true GEN Milley must resign,” Vindman tweeted. “He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called on President Joe Biden to fire Milley. Rubio released a statement arguing that Milley “worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief.”

“These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately,” Rubio wrote.

Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said that if reports of Milley’s “anti-Constitutional involvement in foreign policy prove true, he must resign immediately.”

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Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says Gen. Milley ‘must resign’ if his secret calls with China occurred

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