Suggested Viewing for General Milley | National Review

Suggested Viewing for General Milley | National Review

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army General Mark Milley at a news briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. August 18, 2021
(Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Here’s having a crack at offering an unsolicited recreational suggestion for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, because it proves timely and irresistible: On Tuesday, September 28, at 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time, the good folks at Turner Classic Movies will broadcast the highly regarded 1964 movie, Seven Days in May, its plot centering on a fictional Joint Chiefs boss, played here as a plotting, far-right egomaniac and quite well by Burt Lancaster, who schemes with military and big-tech higher-ups to oust the Constitution-loving liberal president, played quite well, also, by Fredric March.

By lore, director John Frankenheimer was encouraged by President John Kennedy to turn the 1962 novel (of the same name) by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey – who used General Curtis LeMay as a model for the fictional General James Mattoon Scott – into the cautionary cinematic tale.

Admittedly, there’s a good chance that General Milley may have already seen it, back before he started to spend his time reading books to bone up on the realities of white rage. If so, let the suggestion apply to all: It’s a well-made and entertaining movie, and a reminder of that long-ago time when liberals strutted as the protectors of America’s founding documents. Hey, here’s the trailer:

Seven Days in May (1964) trailer, via YouTube

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