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Here's the real crime Gen. Milley exposed: the cowardice of Senate Republicans

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Milley probably went outside the Constitution — but he revealed that 50 Republicans were Trump's co-conspirators
The Joint Chiefs chairman, Gen. Mark Milley, stepped outside the realm of his constitutional power to prevent Donald Trump from starting nuclear war with China or Iran. It was definitely unconstitutional and probably illegal. But he's not the true villain in this story; the true villain is almost never mentioned in the press.

Trump's advisers aren't the villains, either, although Trump was just the latest Republican president advised by Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, whose partner in the years after they advised Nixon, Lee Atwater, had passed away from brain cancer after making a public apology for all the damage he did to our nation in the service of Nixon's party and, later, George H.W. Bush (Willie Horton, et al).

And Nixon, too, presented such a threat to world peace and democracy in America that his own defense secretary, James Schlesinger, took actions remarkably similar to Milley's, as was revealed by the Washington Post on Aug. 22, 1974. Schlesinger and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs George S. Brown (who'd just taken that post on July 1, 1974), the Post wrote, "kept a close watch to make certain that no orders were given to military units outside the normal chain of command."

Specifically, Schlesinger and Brown were worried that Nixon would start a nuclear war to stay in power as he became increasingly under siege in the Watergate scandal. Congress relieved them of that burden when Sen. Barry Goldwater walked over to the White House and informed Nixon that both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate were going to vote to impeach and…
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