A group of nearly 90 former generals and admirals has written a letter calling for the resignations of Biden’s secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff over the disaster in Afghanistan.
The letter was released on Monday just as the evacuation was completed and many Americans were left behind. The letter is a strong rebuke over the way the evacuation was handled.
It was like they went in with no plan and had no idea how to proceed.
The letter accused Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley of culpability in the bungled evacuation and the deaths of 13 servicemen and women:
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. 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. 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.
The letter went on to say that the terrorist enemies of America had been emboldened by the show of weakness from the Biden administration and from Biden himself. There has always been a steadfast rule that you never negotiate with terrorists and Biden went far beyond that by letting the Taliban run the show.
We are the greatest military power in the world and yet we let terrorists make demands of us. By the way, has Gen Milley ordered pink uniforms for our male soldiers yet?
Also on Monday President Joe Biden issued a statement, citing commitments that the Taliban had made to providing “safe passage” to the hundreds of Americans who were stuck in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Taliban was declaring victory after seizing control of billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military equipment and vehicles.
Twenty years after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Taliban is back in control of the war-torn nation.