James Miller – a Defense Department advisor who resigned over President Trump’s walk through Lafayette Square to St. John’s Church – is a Barack Obama and Bill Clinton-era political appointee who has donated to Obama’s 2008 and Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaigns, as well as a host of Democratic congressional candidates.
Media stories make Miller out to be a Pentagon staffer, when in fact he is an external advisor and a holdover from previous administrations at that.
Miller announced his resignation in a sanctimonious Washington Post op-ed entitled “A letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper,” insisting Defense Secretary Mark Esper “violated” his oath to “support and defend the Constitution” by participating in President Trump’s removal of protestors from the park adjacent to the White House so he could visit St. John’s Episcopal Church, recently set ablaze by rioters.
“As a concerned citizen, and as a former senior defense official who cares deeply about the military, I urge you to consider closely both your future actions and your future words,” he added.
While the Washington Post and their establishment media counterparts are keen to make Miller’s decision appear rooted in stern disapproval of President Trump’s actions as opposed to personal and political differences – much like they did with impeachment witnesses – his misgivings with President Trump long predate the events of June 1st, 2020.
To start, he’s a staunch establishment Democrat.
Over 12 years, he appears to have donated almost $10,000 to various Democratic races, presidential and congressional.
Totaling $1,100, he donated twice to Barrack Obama’s presidential Super PAC ‘Obama For America’ during the 2008 election cycle and $100 to ‘ActBlue,’ a nonprofit that donates to “Democratic candidates and committees and progressive organizations,” in 2015.
Between 2016 and 2019, Miller donated 12 times to four Democratic Congressional campaigns Josh Welle (who’s bashed Trump on environmental issues,) Jimmy Panetta (who voted to impeach President Trump,) Ed Meier (a former Hillary Clinton Adviser,) and Elissa Slotkin (who also voted to impeach President Trump.)
He’s also contributed to President Trump’s 2020 opposition – Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden. Twice.
Ideologically, he runs counter to President Trump: he’s a fixture of establishment foreign policy circles.
From 1997 to 2000, during the Clinton administration, Miller was a political appointee to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Requirements, Plans, and Counterproliferation Policy.
He then served as Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at Center for a New American Security (CNAS) from 2007-2009, which the Washington Post contended “in the era of Obama, however, CNAS may emerge as Washington’s go-to think tank on military affairs” and described the group as “advising Team Obama.”
He remains on the group’s Board of Advisors.
And Miller was a political appointee of yet another Democratic president – Barack Obama – serving first as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy before being confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position on May 25, 2012. There he “advised Secretaries Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel on strategy, policy, and operations, and serving as the department’s deputy for National Security Council policy-making and crisis management.”
During the Clinton and Obama years, he received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Medal for Distinguished Public Service four times.
Most recently, he was on the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board, a body established during the the Cold War, comprised of “nearly 50 retired senior military, government, and industry leaders, and has advised the Pentagon on issues such as acquisition, cyber and communication technology, and weapons of mass destruction.”
He also sits on the board of the globalist think tank Atlantic Council and is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, where he “leads a project on preventing war among great powers.”
Throughout most of these endeavors, he was President of Adaptive Strategies, LLC, “which provides consulting to private sector clients on strategy development and implementation, international engagement, and technology issues.”
And of course, total media blackout on any of Miller’s well-documented anti-Trump political leanings.