(RepublicanPress.org) – The Afghan withdrawal was a fiasco from start to finish. Military commanders in Afghanistan left nearly 100 military vehicles, 73 aircraft, and hundreds of American citizens and Afghan allies in the war-torn country in their haste to meet President Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline. Now a group of retired generals is demanding accountability.
On August 30, a group of retired admirals and generals from Flag Officers 4 America released an open letter calling for the resignations of Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Initially, about 90 people signed the letter, but that number grew to 130 in the following days.
INBOX: 90 retired Generals and Admirals call for Milley and Austin to resign immediately pic.twitter.com/9Sm4eLKoC6
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) August 30, 2021
The officers cited the two men’s dereliction of duty, saying they left behind roughly 15,000 American citizens and about 25,000 Afghans who supported US military forces in Afghanistan. As of August 31, reports have indicated it’s unknown exactly how many people still need to be evacuated. According to Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, there are an estimated 100 to 200 Americans still trapped in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a report from The Wall Street Journal suggests as many as 60,000 Afghan allies and interpreters were left behind after the deadline.
The letter said as Biden’s main military advisors, Milley and Austin should have done everything in their power to persuade the president to rethink his dangerous withdrawal plan, or withdraw in protest if unsuccessful. Instead, they allege the leaders aided and abetted the president’s flawed plan.
The retired generals also pointed out the ramifications of the failed withdrawal would “reverberate for decades.” For instance, they argue that trust in America has been irreparably harmed. As a result, the nation’s adversaries are emboldened by the weakness displayed by military leaders in Afghanistan.
Flag Officers 4 America concluded their letter with a call for “accountability at all levels” for the “tragic and avoidable” errors committed during the withdrawal.
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