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Is the General Milley Story Really a Mark Esper Story?

Defense Secretary Mark Esper (left) listens as Joint Chiefs Chairman Army General Mark Milley addresses a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., April 14, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

As I noted yesterday, the Washington Post’s account of General Mark Milley’s conversation with the head of the Chinese military is, if true as reported, grounds for immediate termination of the general and possibly graver sanctions. Generals do not get to make their own foreign policy, no matter how much they disagree with the president. Alexander Vindman, a former military adviser to White House and key Trump critic, agreed that this would be grounds for General Milley’s termination.

The Post account is drawn from a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, based on anonymous sources. As our editorial noted,

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