A group of nearly 90 retired generals and admirals called for the resignations of the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff over the disaster of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The letter was released as the Pentagon announced on Monday that the last flight out of Kabul airport had taken off to the skies, ending the war that lasted two decades.
The letter accused Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley of culpability in the disastrous withdrawal that has already cost the lives of 13 U.S. service members.
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 and ineffectuality in Afghanistan. They cited recent reports criticizing Milley for defending military training that included critical race theory.
“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 read.
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.
Here’s more about the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal:
U.S. completes withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan