Remember when we pulled out of Afghanistan? We were told that we left 100 Americans behind. How honest was that assessment? What do they say when they are under oath? Maybe 500? A thousand? How about 4,000?
Well, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was asked if we left 4,000 Americans behind, and his answer to Congress was that he could neither confirm nor deny that number. To me, it seems Austin was careful about what he said in order to avoid perjury charges.
“I personally don’t believe that there are 4,000 American citizens still left in Afghanistan, but I cannot confirm or deny that, Senator.”
He doesn’t believe there are 4,000, so how many are there? 3,999? He was careful to say what he believes the number is? It certainly sounds like more than one hundred, don’t you think? He was pressed to answer by Senator Jin Inhofe.
He did his best to get an answer, but, he was scared because he had already testified against Joe Biden over whether or not they advised him to leave 2.500 troops in Afghanistan while they evacuated Americans and SIV visa holders.
Inhofe hit Austin with the fact that the White House originally said that there were 10,000 to 15,000 Americans in Afghanistan. They evacuated, which would mean there is a minimum of 4,000 Americans in Afghanistan. Austin refused or deny that number.
Biden doubled down again today, saying there are only 100 Americans who want to leave the country.
Committee alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command. The trio was tasked with explaining how President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan turned from “safe and orderly” to deadly and frantic.
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Austin’s statement came moments after McKenzie undercut Biden’s claim that no one had advised him to maintain a presence of 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
“Senator, again I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president but I will give you my honest opinion, and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation,” McKenzie said, responding to questions from Inhofe. “I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, and I also recommended earlier in the fall of 2020 that we maintain 4,500 at that time.”