That is the humbling statement of Joint Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley. He regrets taking the walk that ended up with President Trump’s controversial June 1st photo op. The event took place on the grounds of St. Johns Episcopal Church, just moments after the peaceful protesters were dispersed with tear gas and pepper spray, The impression was one of a military intervention.
Three days later Milley used the opportunity of his National Defense University commencement address to make his personal position distinct from the image being offered by the White House. Milley admitted that the military should not ever be used in domestic matters. He offered his apology to the world along with advice to the graduates from an Army officer of 40 years.
|“As many of you saw the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week, that sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society. I should not have been there,”|
|“My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics,” Milley added. “As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it.”|
|“We must hold dear the principle of an apolitical military that is so deeply rooted in the very essence of our republic,” Milley stated. “It takes time and work and effort, but it may be the most important thing each and every one of us does every single day.”|
According to Milley, he thought the purpose of the outdoor press event was to inspect the damage that the Church had experienced from rioters earlier in the week. It is not known what effect Milley’s public statement will have on his military career. He has risked the wrath of the president who resents any criticism directed his way, but he did the right thing.
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General Mark Milley
General Mark Milley was born on a Wednesday in the zodiac sign of Gemini. This means that Mercury is the ruler of his INNER and OUTER selves, although it responds somewhat differently in the two realms. An INNER Wednesday is basically aware and alert. An OUTER Gemini is a good communicator or researcher, however it can become confused or compromised regarding worldly issues.
Individuals who have the same planetary ruler for their INNER and OUTER selves are usually all or nothing types. They don’t tend to get involved unless they can see themselves completing the task successfully. They need to feel that they are informed and correct in their opinions. The field of this double effect depends upon the innate nature of the ruler. Milley’s doubled ruler is Mercury.
Mercury is the smallest but fastest moving planet in the solar system. In ancient times it was seen as a messenger racing between the gods. In Astrology Mercury represents the level of intelligence and the activity of communication. It gives a great flexibility with the ability to turn on a dime. Today Mercury has been discovered by astronomers to of great extremes due to its proximity to the Sun.
Mark Milley is a U.S. Army general and the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As the highest ranking and most senior military officer in the U.S. Armed Forces, he is the principal military advisor to the President, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council and the Secretary of Defense. Today the duties of this position is to ensure the personnel readiness, policy, planning and training of their respective military services for the combatant commanders to utilize.