Comparing him to the generals that served under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, conservative author Mark Levin blasted Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley as a "pathetic, incompetent blowhard" on Sunday's "Life, Liberty & Levin."
Levin discussed Milley with Kash Patel, former chief of staff of the Secretary of Defense under President Donald Trump.
“Mark Milley has made the mission exist to serve his ego,” Patel said. “He is going out there constantly leaking to books, to media, to say that he is the one saving the republic."
Below is a transcript of Life, Liberty & Levin:
Kash Patel: “When was the last time in U.S. history you remember a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff being in the media so much? You hit it right on the head: his job is to advise the president of the United States on military matters when asked, and he reports to the Secretary of Defense because that's the national command authority.
“Mark Milley has made a name for himself, not just now, not just with Afghanistan, not just with Jan. 6, but he’s constantly in the media and his cronies are leaking to the media.
“Here’s the thing that ticks off my military friends the most, that I served with, that I led, the 3 million people at the Department of Defense: no one cares about their name. Everyone signs up to do the mission and execute the protection of this country and Mark Milley has made the mission exist to serve his ego. He is going out there constantly leaking to books, to media, to say that he is the one saving the republic. And what I say to that is, ‘Why are you even talking to the media? Why is your name even out there?' And if you want to clear up this matter, no problem. Let me tell you how that phone call goes with Chinese leadership.
“There’s 2 dozen people on each side of that phone call: there’s a transcript, there’s stenographers, there’s people in the room, there’s people listening in. Have everyone on the American side of that phone call go to Capitol Hill and testify, and let’s see what they say because the one thing Mark Milley has not done is deny the statement in the book that he executed operational command authority with his Chinese counterpart, which is a violation of the law.”
Mark Levin: “You know, if any other officer did this, they would strip them of their colors, any stars on their shoulders, they’d pull those off too. They’d kick their ass out of the Pentagon and they’d bring them up on charges.
“The problem is, he’s the cover of the American media and the Democrat Party, who do not care about the Constitution, who will use anything to try and take out the former commander-in-chief and do anything to protect this commander-in-chief.
“As a matter of fact, this commander-in-chief issued a one-sentence statement when he said that he has full faith in Mark Milley. Now shouldn’t the American people have known about Mark Milley before this Afghanistan debacle? Mark Milley's involved in Lafayette Park issuing his opinions?
“Mark Milley is a very, very busy man. He’s pushing critical race theory on our Armed Forces and so forth.
“I’m going to give you my opinion. I study history, I see Lincoln with his generals, I see FDR with his generals; I have never seen -- my opinion -- a more pathetic, incompetent blowhard as a general in my life. And you know, when it came to Afghanistan, we needed a [Gen. George S.] Patton, we needed somebody like that.
“And we had one, General Miller, the commander on the ground in Afghanistan, who opposed the idea of withdrawing, especially the way that they withdrew, and predicted exactly what would happen.
“Mark Milley blew him off, apparently, Joe Biden blew him off, and now we have American citizens, American allies, American green card holders in enemy territory being held as hostages.”
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