Nearly 90 retired generals and admirals signed a letter demanding that Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Mark Milley resign immediately from their positions in the Biden administration. Under their leadership, the “events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan” occurred.
The letter was released on the same day that the Pentagon reported that the last flight out of Kabul airport had lifted off into the skies, bringing the two-decade-long war to an end, The Blaze reported.
“What should have happened upon learning of the Commander in Chief’s (President Biden’s) plan to quickly withdraw our forces and close the important power projection base Bagram, without adequate plans and forces in place to conduct the entire operation in an orderly fashion?” they wrote. “As principal military advisors to the CINC/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms.”
“If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement,” they continued. “The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time.”
According to the Daily Wire, the retired military leaders chastised the Biden administration for allowing Afghans to be killed and tortured, claiming that this “has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions.”
“The loss of billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies is catastrophic,” they continued. “The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable. We are now seen, and will be seen for many years, as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.”
Generals and admirals warned that America’s adversaries will be empowered more than ever due to the Biden administration’s weakness. “China benefits the most followed by Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and others,” they said. “Terrorists around the world are emboldened and able to pass freely into our country through our open border with Mexico.”
“Besides these military operational reasons for resignations, there are leadership, training, and morale reasons for resignations,” they continued. “In interviews, congressional testimony, and public statements it has become clear that top leaders in our military are placing mandatory emphasis on PC ‘wokeness’ related training which is extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and war fighting capability. Our military exists to fight and win our Nation’s wars and that must be the sole focus of our top military leaders.’”
According to the 86 former military officials, a “fundamental principle in the military is holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their actions or inactions,” which means Milley and Austin must resign for “this tragic and avoidable debacle.”
President Joe Biden also published a statement on Monday, Aug. 30, citing Taliban vows to provide “safe passage” to the hundreds of Americans trapped in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed triumph after taking possession of billions of dollars worth of U.S. military hardware and vehicles.
In an unknown location in Afghanistan, the Taliban seized a large cache of M4 carbines, LMGs, PVS-7D, night vision goggles, and assorted U.S. military equipment. pic.twitter.com/0jizGD8oHQ— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) August 18, 2021
A large cache of U.S. weapons was seized at a weapons depot in Herat by the Taliban. pic.twitter.com/4XknI20BKe— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) August 18, 2021
The #Taliban not only seized appr. a hundred US humvees and (MaxxPro) MRAPs at Kunduz airport, but also several US ScanEagle drones.— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) August 12, 2021
Billions of US tax payer $ going to Islamist extremists, thanks to the administration’s hasty withdrawal without a peace deal or follow up mission. pic.twitter.com/Fb5MTpdLKK
The Taliban has retaken control of Afghanistan, twenty years after the U.S. invaded the country in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.