General Milley's Emphatic Defense of Constitutional Allegiance

Mark Milley addressed a large gathering to reflect on his time in service, the dedication of the armed forces, and the commitment to the U.S. Constitution.

by Faruk Imamovic
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General Milley's Emphatic Defense of Constitutional Allegiance
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In his recent retirement speech at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley addressed a large gathering to reflect on his time in service, the dedication of the armed forces, and the commitment to the U.S.

Constitution. The event was not without its share of controversy, as Milley's remarks seemed to take direct aim at former President Donald Trump.

An Oath to the Constitution, Not to Individuals

Throughout his military career, Milley has consistently emphasized the importance of upholding the Constitution.

This sentiment resonated powerfully in his speech. He poignantly stated, “We don’t take an oath to a king, or a queen, or to a tyrant or dictator, and we don’t take an oath to a wannabe dictator. We don’t take an oath to an individual.

We take an oath to the Constitution, and we take an oath to the idea that is America, and we’re willing to die to protect it”. Elaborating further on the ethos of American service members, Milley elaborated, “Every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, guardian, and Coast Guardsman commits their very life to protect and defend that document, regardless of personal price.

And we are not easily intimidated”. His impassioned address served as a reminder of the sacrifices that service members make daily in their commitment to defend the nation and its foundational principles.

Recent Controversies and Accusations

Tensions between Milley and the former president have been palpable in recent times.

Last Friday, Trump took to the media, labelling Milley “a Woke train wreck who, if the Fake News reporting is correct, was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States”.

He further expressed his outrage by saying, “This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH!” It's important to note that allegations of General Milley communicating inappropriately with foreign nations remain unverified.

The general's remarks and the subsequent accusations highlight the ongoing debates and tensions about the balance of power and the responsibilities of those in top leadership positions. In an era characterized by political division and controversial public statements, Milley's retirement speech offered a timely reminder of the unwavering dedication of the U.S. military to the Constitution and the nation it represents.

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