The top military officer in the U.S., Gen. Mark Milley, has reportedly been in talks with his Russian counterpart concerning a possible offer from the Kremlin set to aid the U.S. in its response to the mounting terror threats throughout Afghanistan.
Reportedly, the Biden administration received an offer from the Kremlin concerning an opportunity to let the U.S. military operate out of Russian bases within the Middle East in order to react to multiple terror threats in the wake of the U.S. fully withdrawing its military presence from Afghanistan, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. As the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley was in contact with Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov concerning the offer at the request of Old Uncle Joe himself and the U.S. National Security Council.
“The previously unreported exchange comes as the Biden administration is searching for ways to strengthen its capability to monitor and respond to potential terrorist dangers in Afghanistan now that U.S. forces have left the country,” reported the Wall Street Journal.
“While the U.S. and Russia share concerns about the threat of terrorism, the idea of working with Russia on counterterrorism is fraught with challenges, particularly politically. Congress enacted legislation several years ago that precludes close cooperation between the U.S. and Russia militaries as long as Russian troops are in Ukraine, unless the secretary of defense issues a special waiver,” continued the news source.
This news concerning the meeting with Russia pops up as legislators prepare to hear testimony from Milley along with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin coming up on Tuesday concerning the Biden administration’s chaotic and horribly handled withdrawal from Afghanistan. Milley, specifically, is expected to be slammed with exceptionally hard questions from lawmakers concerning his role in Afghanistan and his judgment concerning the reported conversations he had with the Chinese in the last few weeks of the Trump administration.
Bob Woodward and Robert Costa from the Washington Post pointed out that Milley had allegedly called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, two times in the last couple of months of the Trump administration. As part of the second call, Milley stated he would be sending a warning if then-President Donald Trump planned to order a surprise attack against the Chinese.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” stated Milley, reportedly. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”
The Pentagon released a statement in defense of Milley’s phone calls. A spokesperson for the Pentagon stated:
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with the Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia. These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict.
His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability. All calls from the Chairman to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency.
Also in keeping with his responsibilities as senior military adviser to the President and Secretary of Defense, Milley frequently conducts meetings with uniformed leaders across the Services to ensure all leaders are aware of current issues. The meeting regarding nuclear weapons protocols was to remind uniformed leaders in the Pentagon of the long-established and robust procedures in light of media reporting on the subject.
General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution.