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.”|
|Trump and his entourage, including General Milley|
According to Milley, he thought the purpose of the outdoor press event was to inspect the damage that the Church had received from rioters earlier in the week. It is not known what effect Milley’s public statement will have on his military career. He certainly has risked the wrath of the president who resents any criticism directed his way, but Miley has cleared things up.
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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 doubled ruler of his INNER and OUTER selves, although the planet responds somewhat differently in the two realms. An INNER Wednesday is basically aware and alert. A Mercury ruling an OUTER Gemini is a good communicator or researcher, however on occasion it can become confused or compromised regarding worldly issues.
Individuals with the same planetary ruler for their INNER and OUTER selves are all or nothing types. They tend not to get involved unless they can see themselves completing the task successfully. When the doubled ruler is Mercury, as in the signature of General Miley, there is a strong need feel to feel informed and correct in their opinions.
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. Now Mercury is seen as representing our individual intelligence and forms of communication. The zodiac sign in which Mercury is placed adds definition. General Miley’s Mercury is placed in Taurus giving him a firm mental nature which works equally well for both his INNER and OUTER Selves.
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 are to ensure the personnel readiness, policy, planning and training of their respective military services for the combatant commanders to utilize.