Col. John Mills on China Preparing For Something But What?

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Brannon Howse: Colonel Mills, welcome back to the broadcast. Thank you for joining us.

Colonel John Mills: Hey, thank you. Brandon, always an honor to be with you.

Brannon Howse: You as well, sir. Let's talk about Kissinger. Henry Kissinger today has come out and shocked many people. Of course, Henry Kissinger, according to The New York Post, is one of the people that influenced and mentored Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum. Henry Kissinger shocked many people when he came out and said, "Ukraine is going to have to give up some land to Russia." Did you see that?

Colonel John Mills: Yes, I did, Brannon. I just think it's time for Kissinger just to get off the stage. You know, I just, I think he did some past well-intended work. But you've got to admit, during the late 60s and the early 70s, he did some good work. I think one piece of work which has turned out to put us in a state of war, and I always call this a state of war we are in today, was his trip to China. Which created everything we're dealing with today. That was a bad call on his part. A bad call.

Brannon Howse: Yeah. Wow. All right. So, give us the latest. We have you on to give us updates on China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Ukraine. Let's start with China. What do you make of the Indo-Pacific-Pak and apparently reports that Joe Biden is doing something with the Indo-Pacific-Pak that is going to somehow or the Pacific-Indo-Pak, however you say it, that's going to somehow basically throw Taiwan to China? What are your thoughts there? What is that?

Colonel John Mills: Shameful. (Pointing to a pin on his lapel) I started wearing this when I was doing the Taiwan bilats when I was in the Department of Defense. It's the flag of the country, of Taiwan and America together, which supposedly we weren't allowed to do. I didn't see that in law. I said, "We're going to start doing that. We're going to start doing that to show our solidarity." There is a law called the Taiwan Relations Act, which is routinely misinterpreted, misunderstood, and not even read by a lot of the bureaucrats at the State Department and Office of the Secretary of Defense and unfortunately, by a number of my colleagues. Well, there's one China.

There's only one China. That's right. That's right. Taiwan hasn't called itself China for a number of years. It's offensive to refer to Taiwanese as Chinese. They are offended. So, them being left out of the trade pact was a, I think, a bad idea. I think it was really bad, and then we have Biden, who, you know, they like to act all sophisticated. "We're going to continue strategic ambiguity." Okay.

There's a difference between strategic ambiguity, which has been passed down really since essentially the Reagan days after Carter signed the TRA, the Taiwan Relations Act with Taiwan. So, we have Mr. Magoo occupying the White House. Mr. Magoo is not strategic ambiguity, and for those of you, I know Brandon, I'm a lot older than you are here. You probably don't remember Mr. Magoo.

Brannon Howse: Oh, I do remember Mr. Magoo. He had a hard time seeing even during the daylight.

Colonel John Mills: Yeah, and he was an utter disaster. Everything he touched was a disaster. So, Mr. Magoo, I think it is not strategic ambiguity.

Brannon Howse: I think it was Thurston Howell III was his voice, wasn't it?

Colonel John Mills: Yeah, you're right. You're right. Some people are offended that I would make fun of that because Thurston Howell, of course, we would not have the immortal Gilligan's Island without Thurston Howell III.

Brannon Howse: That's right.

Colonel John Mills: But you know, Mr. Magoo.

Brannon Howse: I mean, by the way, aren't you shocked I know all that?

Colonel John Mills: I know and you fact-checked me on the Jim Brown run and the Dirty Dozen, too, which I'm still hurting from.

Brannon Howse: I know far more pop culture than people probably realize. Don't get me started on Elvis because I do know a lot about him too. But of course, I'm right here in Memphis, so I should know a lot about him.

Colonel John Mills: Ive got to be on my tiptoes around you. I mean, you keep me fighting trim here because I've got to be on my toes around you. You'll zing me here, so, yeah, Mr. Magoo is not strategic ambiguity. Mr. Magoo is in danger of starting a nuclear conflict. Again, I assert the conflict with China has already started. It is underway. There may not be bombs and missiles going off in the Pacific. Everybody's distracted by Ukraine. But the war has already commenced, and they've already swept us on our left flank through the Solomon Islands and through the Federated States of Micronesia, through Kiribati.

They're essentially under Hawaii right now, south of Hawaii. This is ridiculous. I was just on with Frank Gaffney earlier today on Securing America, and we received a very disturbing; it's out in the open press. It's a translation. It's a videotape and a translation of essentially what I would call a military mobilization meeting in Guangdong province in China. Guangdong is essentially the manufacturing hub of China. That is the large province just north of Hong Kong. But, you know, a few years ago, 60% of the industrial output of China came from Guangdong. That is a huge part of China. Very important. All your DJI drones come from there.

The Silicon Valley, Shenzhen, right above Hong Kong, is there. It was a disturbing film about a military meeting about mobilization, and it was unclear if the mobilization was for offensive war or is it for defense? Is it to secure the regime? Are they afraid of coups? What is going on? A very disturbing video.

Brannon Howse: What is the video showing? Because we got reports from Mike Adams, who was talking to our mutual friend, Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who has contacts in Russia, I mean, in China, that they were loading up something, lots of armaments and lots of things, loading things up onto ships. They weren't military. They were some kind of cargo container or whatever.

Colonel John Mills: Yeah. In the briefing, they identify oftentimes; there are several references to RORO, roll-on and roll-off ships.

Brannon Howse: Okay. So, were talking about it sounds like the same story we were covering last night that Dr. Li-Meng Yan who was getting it from her sources still inside China.

Brannon Howse: What are they preparing for?

Colonel John Mills: Now, for those of you with military experience or with operations and planning at what we would call in America the combatant command level. I've served at combatant commands. I've been on the Joint Chiefs. I've been in the White House. We have doctrine. We have a policy. We have a format to do a plans brief. We would call this essentially a plans brief. I don't want to get too nerdy and wonky on the joint operational terms, but what is odd about this, about 75% of the briefing is essentially ideology. About 25% is actually actionable things that are to be carried out. This is just Maoist behavior.

Their ideology permeates everything they do. You would never see something like this in an American or a NATO operations order briefing. We have a very prescribed format the staff is supposed to follow when briefing these. We don't include a bunch of ideologies. So, a lot of this is just rambling ideology essentially, you know, continuing to essentially assure the survival of the regime. There are a number of specific references to cargo ships, but it doesn't say attack or invade Taiwan, but it constantly says secure the waters from the Straits of Taiwan down around to the South China Seas. So very disturbing.

Brannon Howse: So, do you believe they are getting ready to secure the area for a strike against Taiwan?

Colonel John Mills: It's unclear. But again, I would say it's already happened. And, you know, from a Sun Tzu perspective, why invade Taiwan when you can just bypass it, and you can essentially cut it off? Essentially what we did in World War II in the Pacific. If there's a hard nut to crack, just go Rabaul one of the Japanese strongholds in the South Pacific. We never invaded Rabaul. We just went right by it and cut it off. And, you know, they couldn't get resources to it. Food, fuel.

Brannon Howse: What are we going to stand by and watch the people of Taiwan starve to death, or what are we going to do?

Colonel John Mills: Well, you know, so they've not cut off Taiwan yet, but what they are doing is demonstrating that they have the ability to do that. They are strategically, and geographically in the position where they can do that if they choose to do so.

Brannon Howse: So, if we start seeing a humanitarian crisis in Taiwan, what is this regime that's bought and paid for by China going to do?

Colonel John Mills: Yeah, well, I'm more optimistic. I'm very unhappy with the policy decisions and behaviors of the Brandon administration. This has been shameful. We have never seen a president have so many statements rolled back. I mean, imagine Reagan at the Berlin Wall saying, "Tear down this wall," and all of his staffers running out and saying, "Oh, he didn't really mean that. We take that back." You know, "Gorbachev, don't worry about that. You know, we didn't really mean it."

This is utterly ridiculous. I mean, this is impeachable. This is 25th Amendment. This is unbelievable. We cannot have a senior executive, the leader of the nation, make statements that are so dangerous and so inflammatory and constantly have them rolled back by his staff. This is just, I mean, in January, we need to hit hard and address this. This is dangerous for America.

Brannon Howse: Okay, in closing. Where do you think, things are going to go with Ukraine and Russia?

Colonel John Mills: This is turning into a real meat grinder for Russia. I know we have our Russia fans out there, and I just say, "Americans, please do not get confused on this issue." That doesn't mean we take sides. You know, but Russia, this started out bad and it's gotten worse. Russia is in a very poor situation now. Again, five conditions before we gave this $40 billion now. We could have stopped this whole thing back in October if we had just given a thousand javelins at that time to Ukraine. We did nothing except shout invasion.

The Biden team shouted, "Invasion." Good for them. But they said at the same time, "It's going to be over in 72 hours." Well, you know, guys, you got it kind of half correct. You got it half wrong, and you did nothing to deter. We could have gotten out of this if they just would have put a thousand javelins at the border and said, "Ukrainians, here they are. Pick them up. Get ready." You know. So, it's a meat grinder for Russia. Five conditions before we give aid, secure our southern border, stop fentanyl, unleash American energy, return American industry, and just put the arsenal of democracy on overdrive to build deterrence. We have to have those five conditions.

Brannon Howse: Colonel John Mills, give your handles again where folks can find you.

Colonel John Mills: Well, thank you so much. It's @colonelretjohn on Gettr and @colonelretjohn on Truth. Daily Missive on Telegram and I'm regularly on Epic Times and Newsmax. I'm writing for Newsmax and also Daily Middle East, which is about to launch any moment, and then the Center for Security Policy. I'm all over the place. But yeah, the Center for Security Policy is the best compilation of all my media hits.

Brannon Howse: Excellent.

Colonel John Mills: Including yours, yours I always put up to the higher end of the display there.

Brannon Howse: Well, thank you. We'll keep having you on for sure. Thank you, Colonel. Look forward to our next report.

Colonel John Mills: You got it, Brannon. Thank you so much. Take care.

Brannon Howse: You too, sir. Colonel John Mills. Checking in.