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Pentagon whistleblower publishes open letter to Biden, calling for averting war over Taiwan
Published: Jun 23, 2021 05:16 PM
Photo taken on Feb. 19, 2020 shows the Pentagon seen from an airplane over Washington D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Photo taken on Feb. 19, 2020 shows the Pentagon seen from an airplane over Washington D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Franz Gayl, a retired US Marine major and Pentagon whistleblower, published an open letter to US President Joe Biden on Linkedin Wednesday suggesting the US should refrain from engaging in a major war with China over the status of Taiwan and emphasizing his transparent anti-war motivation for submitting OpEds to Global Times. Gayl is now under counterintelligence investigation by the Marine Corps after publishing two opinion articles that disagree with Taiwan policy of current US government. 

In his letter, Gayl warned that Washington risks entangling America in a major war with China over the status of the island of Taiwan. He appealed to the US President to avert conflict and resist the temptation of a Taiwan Caucus-led groupthink, which was "motivated by the political, financial, and ideological benefits arising from preparation for and war with China." 

"The arguments made by Congress' bipartisan, bicameral Taiwan Caucus encouraging U.S. interference in China's unresolved civil war are like those once proffered by the American Friends of Vietnam (AFV) lobby," Gayl wrote, adding that during the Vietnam war, 60,000 American patriots and over three million Vietnamese were sacrificed. He believes the US would lose a war with China over the island of Taiwan as "Taiwan's reunification with the PRC will always mean more to China than preserving the island's democracy means to the U.S."

He suggested the US should refrain from militarily intervening if by accident or design the Chinese civil war reignites and threatens to escalate. 

Gayl sent numerous OpEds on the subject to US newspapers and electronic media outlets, but each was rejected, according to his open letter. He submitted two articles to the Global Times as a last resort. The two opinion pieces were published on April 27 and May 27. 

However, after the articles were published, his security clearances were suspended and he is under a counterintelligence investigation. He is also being called by some journalists and on-line commentators as, "Beijing mouthpiece, a Communist, and a traitor." 

Gayl responded to these accusations in the letter. He said his motivation is to prevent fellow Marines and American patriots from being harmed for "another cause that lacks both justification and a path to victory." 

Gayl told the Global Times he thought the open letter may be his "last chance to have any impact on preventing war," emphasizing he is certain that he is now in big trouble, but he wants to do the right thing while still has the opportunity. 


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