Gen. Austin Miller, the Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told Biden that the intel saying that the Afghanistan Army could hold off the Taliban for 1 to 3 years was bad. It was closer to 1 to 3 days.
So, now we know the CIA, the Kabul embassy staff, and Gen Miller all told him the Afghan government would fall quickly, but Biden still did not take any of their advice in planning his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Gen Miller told Biden that it was necessary to keep at least 2,500 troops on the ground until the evacuation was complete. Even Gen “Miss” Milley told Biden that. But Biden believes what the lamestream press has said about him being smarter than those he surrounds himself with.
Of course, with the people he surrounds himself with, he could be. But, with all the advice he had gotten about how quickly the Taliban could overthrow the Afghan government, you would think he would have been prepared.
Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich said that Miller made the remarks during a classified Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday.
This was confirmed by multiple witnesses that watched the hearing on Tuesday.
Yet, Joe Biden claims that no one could have predicted how quickly the Taliban could defeat the Afghan troops. Seems to me practically everyone did.
“According to two members present for the hearing, Gen Miller passed his recommendations through the chain of command — that the US should keep a level of troops on the ground (2500 was the number at the time) in order to maintain stability given the Taliban threat assessment. Miller’s view was troops should maintain holding pattern – potentially supplemented by add’l forces from allied nations – given the threat. Miller shared no recommendation on how long forces should have stayed, making clear he didn’t know what the end timeline would be.”
“Miller also said that he strongly dissented with the intel assessment that Afghanistan would fall to the Taliban between 1-3 years, saying he thought it would go much, much faster. Miller also said once his recommendation was turned down, it became his job to execute on the withdrawal order – and eventually, decisions like abandoning Bagram were made because of constraints and troop caps imposed by the President’s orders.”
Miller's view was troops should maintain holding pattern – potentially supplemented by add'l forces from allied nations – given the threat. Miller shared no recommendation on how long forces should have stayed, making clear he didn’t know what the end timeline would be.
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) September 15, 2021