When we talk about things that are the right decision for the wrong reasons, this is a fantastic example of it.
I have a major problem with Milley deciding, “you know what, the President might be off his goddamn rocker, I’m circumventing the chain of command here to run through me.” That’s not Milley’s call to make. If he thinks the POTUS is unfit, he doesn’t address that by inserting himself as the final decision maker on something that the Constitution vests in the Executive Branch.
If Milley believes that Trump is that mentally unstable, he should have been on the phone with Congress, the VP and the Cabinet saying “I have grave concerns about Trump’s mental fitness, I believe you all need to sideline him because I think he could go off the deep end” and lay out all the evidence he’s got. Sure, the GOP would have ignored it all, but at least he’d have been on the record and could have communicated his concerns within the framework of the Constitution so that those tasked with exercising the 25th Amendment could take action if (DON’T LAUGH!) they wanted to.
Milley really should have been pounding the table during the 2nd impeachment discussion, saying “I’ve got evidence that Trump is unfit and may be trying to subvert the government, you all really should listen to me.” Instead, he elected to go John Bolton but without the book deal.
I’m glad Milley decided to route himself in as the final authority on decisions. The need to call China is … honestly, frightening. We don’t need to be telegraphing that kind of stuff to countries we’ve already got tepid relations with. Just STFU, keep things to yourself as much as possible, loop in those that you really need to in order to constitutionally sideline a lunatic.