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Fri Sep 29, 2023, 12:45 PM Sep 2023

General Milley: We don't take an oath to a wannabe dictator. [View all]


General Mark Milley, the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke on Friday at his relinquishment and retirement ceremony at Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall and delivered powerful words in defense of American democracy. After being threatened with execution by criminally indicted former President Donald Trump in recent days, Milley made his loyalties clear.

"We don't take an oath to a country. We don't take an oath to a tribe. We don't take an oath to a religion. We don't take an oath to a king, or queen, or a tyrant or a 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," Milley told the crowd.


When asked about Trump's threats on a recent episode of 60 Minutes, Milley commented, "I'm not gonna comment directly on those, those things. But I can tell you that this military, this soldier, me, will never turn our back on that Constitution."

Gen. Milley has made similar remarks in the past. In November 2020, following Donald Trump's loss in the election and amid growing concerns that Trump would use the military to stay in power, Milley told CNN, "We are unique among armies. We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual."


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The General would be a good candidate in some future position, if he's interested. I like him, SWBTATTReg Sep 2023 #1
I am glad he acted in the way he did, but no Recycle_Guru Sep 2023 #2
"A pistol polishing glory seeker"? Seriously? Ocelot II Sep 2023 #3
a)because of who chose him; b)his behavior marching with Trump Recycle_Guru Sep 2023 #10
He has apologized publicly for that incident, which he was sort of sandbagged into Ocelot II Sep 2023 #11
+1,000,000 highplainsdem Sep 2023 #12
Plus - I strongly suspect he went along in case Cheetolini ordered anyone TO FIRE at crowds peppertree Sep 2023 #23
"pistol polishing glory seeker" ?? Disaffected Sep 2023 #7
Politics sometimes reveals what is hidden in a person. WheelWalker Sep 2023 #8
I don't jump on bandwagons either kevinore Sep 2023 #13
There's no indication from him that he is looking at a career in politics. Ocelot II Sep 2023 #15
Do you have any evidence that he's not who he says he is? MarineCombatEngineer Sep 2023 #22
Wow. His entire career screams sacrifice, dedication and American heroism. Yes he made hlthe2b Sep 2023 #21
I believe him wryter2000 Sep 2023 #4
We don't, but they have. spanone Sep 2023 #5
Amen sir! Initech Sep 2023 #6
That would be a good start housecat Sep 2023 #14
🇺🇸 underpants Sep 2023 #9
A modern day General Smedly Butler. gordianot Sep 2023 #16
THIS malaise Sep 2023 #17
I like it republianmushroom Sep 2023 #18
Tuberville's motive really about abortion? Aurum1799 Sep 2023 #19
Welcome to DU!! n/t GP6971 Sep 2023 #20
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