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KOLB: Is Mark Milley Today’s Gen. Al Haig?

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What is it about four-star generals and chains of command?

Is it possible that they just can’t help themselves and, given an opening (or perceived opening), they insert themselves?

Congress should hold hearings as soon as possible about the recent allegations concerning Gen. Mark Milley, Trump’s chosen Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this role, Milley is the principal military adviser to the president of the United States. He does not, however, play a role in presidential succession in the event of presidential incapacity or in the nuclear chain of command.

If accurate, the revelations in the new book by “Washington Post” reporters Bob Woodward and Bob Costa suggest that Milley overstepped his role in conversations with his Chinese counterpart, with U.S. military officials associated with nuclear-weapons launch protocols and with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Then there’s Milley’s role in our hasty departure from Afghanistan. What did Milley advise the president and when? Was his advice followed? Were there contingency plans? How did our Department of Defense preparedness square with the Department of State’s diplomatic efforts and intelligence gathered by our numerous intelligence agencies........

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