In a new Op-Ed for USA Today, writer Gregg Zoroya claims “Gen. Mark Milley’s secret calls to China deserve a medal.”
In the piece, Zoryoa claims “those calling for the head of Mark Milley have it all wrong. The four-star general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff may well have saved American lives by thwarting a deadly Chinese miscalculation in the closing weeks of the Trump administration.”
Milley spoke twice with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, during this period, according to “Peril,” a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post.
Both times, it was to caution Li not to make a terrible mistake.
China claims control of 80% of the South China Sea, something the United States and other nations reject. The result is that American naval forces conduct fleet exercises in those waters or sail through to demonstrate freedom of navigation rights.
The Chinese hate this, complain bitterly and yet accept these are not acts of war.
But what if one day they concluded otherwise? What if they decided, because of a wider-ranging series of extreme circumstances, that a U.S. destroyer steaming into the sea was this time part of some coordinated attack. They would believe that every second they failed to act only compounded the hazard to Chinese lives.
They might sink it. The United States would be compelled to respond in equal or greater measure. China might then do the same, and where would the violence end? Might there be war?
Several on social media did not agree with Zoroya’s premise.
No, No, No; no excuses or insane reasoning is acceptable.
He jumped the COC and deserves to be Court Martialed. RT: Preventing war: Why Gen. Mark Milley's secret calls to China deserve a medal https://t.co/1XgA6s5Qz6
— Cynical Mike (@CynicalMike) September 19, 2021
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