Gen. Milley has weighed in on the subject of military bases whose names are associated with the Confederacy. He also adds some value judgements, presumably his own, regarding Confederate Officers and soldiers:
“Like the country it serves, the U.S. military is fighting an internal battle against racism, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Thursday, but old names and symbols of that enemy are present and strong enough to sow division.
“Divisiveness leads to defeat,” Milley told the House Armed Services Committee.
“There is no place in our armed forces … for symbols of racism, bias or discrimination.”
The Civil War was an “act of treason,” he said. The south’s military leaders betrayed their nation profoundly, and still, many military installations bear their names, according to Milley.
“It was an act of treason at the time against the union, against the stars and stripes, against the U.S. Constitution, and those officers turned their back on their oath.”
He goes on to support the removal of Confederate names and presumably symbols from the defence forces.
I am unlettered in the details of the War Between The States. I would have thought however that the treason charge is unsupportable.
I think it is plain now that Miley is explicitly supporting BLM and the revolutionaries. The least we can deduce is that he will try to prevent any Federal military intervention in what might pass for domestic insurrection. In other words, he appears to be a supporter of Antifa and the associated mob rule. Perhaps worse, citizens militias could find the American military arrayed against them.
An alternative explanation might be is that he is concerned regarding preserving the loyalty, cohesiveness and morale of military units to the point of appeasement, or is he an aspiring politician?
I know not which. I do think though that this is ominous. I am reminded of the Imperial Russian army that refused to take action in St. Petersburg during the Russian revolution. They sat back and watched as the revolutionaries made the country ungovernable. What sayeth SST?