90 Retired Generals & Admirals Sign Open Letter Urging Gen. Milley & Def Sec. Austin to Resign
Some 90 retired generals and admirals have signed their names to an open letter urging Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to resign over their roles in the Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The letter’s signatories, who belong to a group called “Flag Officers 4 America”, state: “The hasty retreat has left initial estimates at 15,000 Americans stranded in dangerous areas controlled by a brutal enemy along with 25,000 Afghan citizens who supported American forces.”
Therefore, the nearly 90 retired and admirals who signed the letter are calling for “the resignation and retirement of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff based on negligence in performing their duties primarily involving the events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan”.
The letter notes that Milley and Austin failed to submit recommendations “against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms”, and because they “did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign”.
Calls for the resignation of Milley and Austin came on Monday as the last U.S. flight out of Afghanistan lifted off from Kabul airport, marking the end of the United States’ two-decade-long combat mission in Afghanistan.
The open letter goes on to explain the “enormous” consequences of Biden’s botched withdrawal, including the billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment now in the hands of the Taliban.
“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… The death and torture of Afghans 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. The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable… Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.”
The generals and admirals also slammed Austin and Milley for “placing mandatory emphasis on PC ‘wokeness’ related training which is extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and warfighting capability.”
“Our military exists to fight and win our Nation’s wars and that must be the sole focus of our top military leaders,” the letter concludes.
On Monday, speaking sometime after the Pentagon announced that the evacuation at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport had been completed, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken indicated that some 200 Americans were left behind in Afghanistan, despite the fact that they had made attempts to leave. Presently, it’s not entirely clear how many of those U.S. citizens are still there.
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