Peril revelations: How a possible war stoked by Trump was averted
According to the book titled ‘Peril’, two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley took secret action to prevent Trump from ordering a dangerous military strike.
The United States and the People’s Republic of China have been at loggerheads for as long as one can remember. The Cold War between the two is more to do with economy than armed might, as both push to take control of the world economic affairs.
The United States currently holds the title as the largest economy, and is set to cross the $25.3-trillion mark by 2024, China is not too bar behind as it is set to inch up to being 81% ($20.6 trillion) of the US economy by 2024, as compared to being 65% in 2018. This means a humungous jump of 16% in just 6 years for the South-Asian economic giant.
This constant economy tug of war between the two nations means that even if there is one-hot headed person heading one of the two countries, it could mean a devastating war. That is exactly what a new book titled “Peril” has revealed. Authored by two journalists, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, the book is already making headlines for its revelations.
The ‘Peril’ Revelations
According to “Peril”, two days after the attack on the US Capitol on the 6th of January 2021, President Donald Trump’s top military adviser and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff Gen. Mark Milley, took extraordinary secret action to prevent Trump from ordering a dangerous military strike or launching nuclear weapons.
“Milley was clear that Trump had gone into a catastrophic mental deterioration in the aftermath of the election, with him now all but insane, yelling at officials and building his own parallel reality about endless election conspiracies,” according to Woodward and Costa.
The writers further reveal that Gen. Milley was concerned that Trump might ‘go rogue’, so he warned his senior staff, “You never know what a President’s trigger point is.”
Milley responded by convening a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to evaluate the military action procedure, including the firing of nuclear weapons. Milley told top military officials in command of the Pentagon’s war room, the National Military Command Center, not to receive orders from anyone unless he was there.
“You follow the method regardless of what you are told. You have to follow the protocol. And I’m a part of that protocol,” Milley told the officers, the book said. He then went around the room, looking each officer in the eye and asking them to confirm their understanding vocally.
“Peril” is based on more than 200 interviews with direct participants and witnesses, and it depicts Trump’s final days in power in a terrifying manner. The book describes behind-the-scenes moments of a Commander-in-Chief who was erratic and combustible, swearing at key advisers and aides as he desperately tried to cling to power.
It also includes fresh details regarding Trump’s January 5 Oval Office clash with Vice President Mike Pence, as well as unique reporting on the events building up to January 6 and Trump’s reaction to the uprising.
Interestingly, Donald Trump is the only POTUS in the history of the United States to be impeached twice.