Sen. John Kennedy: Gen. Milley a ‘smoked turkey’ if China allegations are true

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Who is General Milley?

Mark Alexander Milley (born June 18, 1958) is a United States Army general and the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He previously served as the 39th chief of staff of the Army. wikipedia.orgMark Milley - Wikipedia

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Louisiana Senator tells 'The Ingraham Angle' that if allegations against Milley are true, Republicans should be 'outraged'

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., spoke in no uncertain terms about Gen. Mark Milley on Wednesday night during an appearance on Fox News’ "The Ingraham Angle."

Kennedy asserted that the China allegations against the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as detailed in a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, were serious and could ultimately get Milley thrown "under the bus" by Joe Biden’s White House.

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Psaki rejects GOP calls for Gen. Mark Milley's dismissal, saying 'many of them were silent' as Trump 'fomented an insurrection'

Yahoo News 16 September, 2021 - 05:40am

The three start work by sharing with Canberra what is ultimately an American technology: supplying nuclear reactors to power submarines with the likely assistance of Britain’s Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems, a relationship that may also allow the Australians to ditch a troubled but lucrative A$90bn (£48bn) diesel engine agreement with a French contractor.

Australia’s new nuclear-powered submarines will not be nuclear-armed, and the country has no desire to be a nuclear power. But there are questions as to how precisely the enriched uranium required will be supplied and how the reactors will be decommissioned – or to put it another way, what will be done in Australia, the UK or the US. The three will spend the next 18 months trying to work it out.

In theory, it would have been perfectly possible for the US to work directly with their Australian counterparts on the sensitive technology transfer (a development so rare that it has only happened once before in history, when the US helped Britain start its own nuclear submarine programme in late 1958).

But as a senior White House official revealed, it was the UK that wanted this the most. “Great Britain has been a very strong strategic leader in this effort,” said one, speaking ahead of the announcement, helping “mediate and engage on all the critical issues” as the partnership was being thrashed out.

It is a vital endorsement after a tricky summer in which Anglo-American relations have been far from smooth during the Afghanistan crisis. British generals and ministers made little secret that they disagreed with Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from the country, effectively handing it over to the Taliban.

There was a lack of understanding of the tactical intentions of the White House. British sources complained it was unclear when the US would pull out of Kabul airport, and Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, a survivor of Wednesday’s reshuffle, even appeared to question if the US had the will to be a superpower any longer.

Now at least, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, can head over the US for the UN general assembly, and his first White House meeting with Joe Biden, with something else to talk about.

But for the UK there will be a price. What the US president wants is for the UK to be more present in the Indo-Pacific, even though it is thousands of miles away from home. The submarine deal is, the White House official observed, “a downpayment” on the “concept of global Britain”.

In June, Biden came to Europe for his first overseas tour as president, wanting western allies to sign up to a stronger posture against Beijing. Nato, traditionally focused on Russia, obliged and agreed to declare that China also poses a security risk at its annual summit. Yet the White House wants to go further.

The Pentagon has hardly been shy in pointing out that China, which has its own nuclear-powered submarines, now possesses the world’s largest navy. The US has repeatedly wanted allies to help: over the summer Britain’s new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier participated in muscle-flexing military exercises in the Philippine Sea.

A serious confrontation with China remains unlikely, but this is not the point. With access to European markets not as friction-free as before, the UK is choosing to build a political and industrial strategy based in part on defence and helping longstanding but far-flung allies, starting with supplying nuclear-powered submarines.

US, UK and Australia form partnership to tackle China | First Thing

The Guardian 16 September, 2021 - 05:16am

The US, UK and Australia are setting up a trilateral security partnership aimed at confronting China, which will include helping Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines.

The initiative, called Aukus, was announced jointly by US president Joe Biden and prime ministers Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, joined virtually by videoconference. They presented it as the next critical step in an old alliance.

Morrison said teams from the three countries would draw up a joint plan over the coming 18 months for assembling the new Australian nuclear-powered submarine fleet, which will be built in Adelaide.

Why these three countries? Speaking from London, Johnson said the three countries were “natural allies” even though “we may be separated geographically”.

Was China mentioned specifically? No, but there was no doubt that the initiative was a response to China’s expansionist drive in the South China Sea and increasing belligerence towards Taiwan.

What was Biden’s view? He said: “We need to be able to address both the current strategic environment in the region, and how it may evolve, because the future of each of our nations and indeed the world, depends on a free and open Indo-Pacific enduring and flourishing in the decades ahead.”

Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, also defended phone calls he made to his Chinese military counterpart in the tumultuous final months of Trump’s presidency, signaling that the hitherto secret conversations were in keeping with his duties.

“I have great confidence in General Milley,” Biden said at the White House, when asked if the military leader had done the right thing by intervening.

What was the Republican reaction? Some Republicans called for Milley’s resignation, accusing him of undermining the constitution by trying to put guardrails on Trump’s behavior during his final days in office.

Who uncovered the phone calls? The Milley phone calls were described in excerpts that emerged on Tuesday from the forthcoming book Peril by the Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

Any other interesting tidbits? Woodward and Costa say Milley was “certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election”.

Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, is serving an effective life sentence after abusing dozens of athletes under his care, including Biles and Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. On Tuesday, they appeared in front of a senate committee to give searing testimony at the hearing into the FBI’s failed 2015 investigation into the case.

Biles, widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time, withdrew from several events at this summer’s Olympics to maintain her mental health. She told the court: “The scars of this horrific abuse continue to live with all of us.”

How is the abuse affecting the athletes? Raisman said: “I don’t think people realize how much it affects us, how much the PTSD, how much the trauma impacts us … I feel like my mind isn’t working. I feel like I have no energy at all. I’m 27 years old and my 80-year-old grandfather has more energy than I do.”

What is the FBI accused of? Maroney said the FBI made fabricated her statement in the summer of 2015 to cover up the abuse. She said: “They chose to lie about what I said and protect a serial child molester rather than protect not only me, but countless others.”

How serious are the claims against the FBI? Very. A US justice department investigation found that Nassar was able to abuse up to 70 athletes between the time the FBI first learned of the allegations and September 2016 when he was fired by his main employer, Michigan State University.

Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister has dismissed claims by the rapper Nicki Minaj that a cousin’s friend had become impotent after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, saying that health officials in the Caribbean country had found no evidence that any patient had reported such side-effects.

French president Emmanuel Macron has said French military forces have killed the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. Last year, Sahrawi personally ordered the killing of six French charity workers and their Nigerian driver.

Promising Afghan footballer Zaki Anwari was one of the people who was captured in horrifying images falling to his death from a US transport plane during the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The 17-year-old’s family, who could not stop his desperate bid to escape, are haunted by his death.

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Trump was fixated on the Navy's new supercarrier and ranted to military leaders that the ship 'just doesn't look right': book

Business Insider 15 September, 2021 - 12:00am

Insider obtained an early copy of the book, "Peril," which is set to be released next week.

The book said that Trump was fixated on the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford and regularly expressed dissatisfaction with the ship's high cost of more than $13 billion, the weapons elevators, the catapults, and the placement of the flight command center, known as the ship's "island," on the flight deck.

"The generals and admirals were horrible businessmen, Trump complained repeatedly, and particularly terrible at acquisition and deal making on ships, ensuring the military was always being ripped off," the book said.

In one meeting with military leaders, Trump reminded them that he had been in the construction business. "I know about elevators," he told them, according to the book. "If water gets on them," elevators on the ship could malfunction, he said.

The advanced weapons elevators on the Ford, which move weapons and ammunition on the ship and are part of a suite of new technologies, have long been trouble spots for the new supercarrier, though problems have been more with integration rather than the presence of water.

Throughout his presidency, Trump also complained, sometimes in public, about the catapult system.

Among the new technologies on the Ford is the electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), which relies on electrical currents to catapult aircraft off the flight deck instead of steam, which is used on the older Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.

Trump complained that the system — which has experienced problems during development but is designed to be more effective and efficient than the older steam catapults — was too complex, so much so that "you have to go to MIT to figure out how this damn thing works."

In another instance, he said that "you have to be Albert Einstein to really work it properly."

He was particularly upset though about the placement of the ship's island, Woodward and Costa reported. "It doesn't look right. I have an eye for aesthetics," the president told Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a dinner.

The book said that Trump then rubbed his own hair and said, "Can't you tell?"

Naval officers tried to explain to Trump why the island was positioned the way it was and how its placement to the rear made it easier for pilots to land aircraft by giving them more runway space. Also, moving the island so late in the building process would cost a significant sum.

"It just doesn't look right," Trump insisted, according to the book.

The book said that Trump complained about the Ford often and that Milley sat and listened. "What was there to say," the book said. "The president did not like a ship's look. [Milley] had to endure it, just let him vent."

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