Did Bob Woodard Strike Again?

By Donald A. Collins | 18 September 2021
Church and State

A new book says General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took steps during the Trump administration to prevent a war between the US and China. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

This time Woodward (and Bob Costa) didn’t have “Deep Throat”, just a lot of eye witnesses with guts to finally tell the truth even as key GOP leaders wouldn’t.

Was President Trump going nuclear, as he proclaimed 11/3/20 election fraud and urged his followers to create a January 6th Capitol insurrection?

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, didn’t know for sure but unlike our faulty intelligence at the time those 9/11 terrorists prepared their assault on the NY Trade Towers, he wasn’t going to not act.

Trump may have tried a coup to take another term as President for which he should be tried, but now he wants Milley tried for treason which shows how upside down the GOP has gotten thanks to The Donald.

You recall that we have no January 6th Commission approved as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked empaneling a Commission, something that had been routinely approved after the Nixon Watergate scandal and after the 9/11 attack on the Trade Towers.

Now we can surely understand why McConnell was nervous about finding out the January 6th facts about a President who had already been impeached twice.

Trump’s record of dodging what for most pols would be lethal election bullets has been extraordinary, beginning even before his election with his comments about women all the way to his call for an insurrection on January 6th.

You can read about his “Women’s call” here.

And you may wish to read his speech calling for a Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021 here.

So maybe now we will have a full investigation of General Milley, learning about his mind set as he sorted through the unthinkable mind set of a power crazed potential despot.

Meantime, however, President Biden expressed his full confidence in Milley which you can read here.

Democrats turned out in an off year impeachment election on Tuesday September 14th in huge numbers to retain Governor Newsom in California, which could be a sign that more voters are finally realizing the continuing dangerous offshoots of the Trump legacy.

I have ordered a copy of “Peril”, the Woodward-Costa book, to read for myself the case against or for General Milley, but certainly previous exposes of Trump, a driven and vicious power seeker, suggest that nothing is off the table when his perceived personal interests are on the line.

Is that madness or just a Neo-Nazi mindset?

The Washington Post reported on the largely partisan response, but Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s noted that Milley’s precautionary calls were clearly warranted.

One commentator I heard suggested Woodward would hype the Trump war threat case to sell books.

I await the chance to read Peril, but such a cynical comment seems to diminish Milley’s professionalism in using his authority to explore and forestall any dangerous consequences from a person many identified, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as manic about losing on November 3rd.

Meanwhile, the CNN coverage of 9/14 is quite comprehensive; read it here.

Doesn’t the January 6th insurrection speak volumes about Trump’s possible willingness to pull off a coup, even as his doxy VP decided, after getting solid advice from former Republican VP Dan Quale, that no rules allowed Pence any latitude in acknowledging the Electoral College results.

That alone is another indication of Trump’s mental state in the final days of his Presidency.

His behavior since leaving office in continuing efforts to undermine our democracy with false election fraud claims should soon awaken even the most venial GOP leaders that this may not be a winning GOP midterm election strategy.

The accumulation of Trump’s dangerous, disruptive behavior surely must be penetrating the consciousness of many on the fence GOP voters as the midterms approach. They may like the alleged political power Trump offers, but many will likely realize his presence on a Presidential ballot would be better filled by a Trump clone.

Is my contention correct that Trump’s political power is now set for a rapid and permanent decline? Will Woodward and Costa’s book have the same impact as the one on Nixon. No, but surely it has caused discomfort, as it should, on those who keep kissing Trump’s ring at Mar-a-Lago.

As I have stated before, our democracy has not been so threatened since the Civil War.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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