Calls For Mass Resignations In Biden Team From Retired Admirals And Generals Grows To The Hundreds Over Afghanistan Fallout

More and more retired generals are demanding mass resignations in President Joe Biden’s team amid the recent debacle in Afghanistan related to the withdrawal of US troops from the country.

From under 90 just a few days ago, more than 130 retired admirals and generals are now calling for Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Mark Milley to step down citing “negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

The letter mentioned the numerous US citizens and Afghan allies who had been left behind by the administration when they left the country earlier this week, including the man who helped rescue then-Senator Joe Biden in 2008 when his helicopter was forced to land in a dangerous area in Afghanistan due to severe weather.

The Flag Officers argued that Milley and Austin should have forcefully resisted Biden’s plans and, if Biden refused to heed their warnings about the possible outcome of such actions, they should have resigned and come out in public about the issue.

Damage to US reputation “indescribable”

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 letter said.

“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 generals also pointed out that with the messy outcome of the US withdrawal in Afghanistan, its enemies are now “emboldened” to move against America.

“Now our adversaries are emboldened to move against America due to the weakness displayed in Afghanistan. China benefits the most followed by Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and others. Terrorists around the world are emboldened and able to pass freely into our country through our open border with Mexico,” they added.

“Besides these military operational reasons for resignations, there are leadership, training, and morale reasons for resignations. In interviews, congressional testimony, and public statements it has become clear that top leaders in our military are placing mandatory emphasis on PC “wokeness” related training which is extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and war fighting capability,” the statement further said.

“Our military exists to fight and win our Nation’s wars and that must be the sole focus of our top military leaders,” the more than 130 retired generals argued.

The 130 former admirals and generals who signed the petition aren’t the only retired flag officers who want Milley and Austin to quit.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Keith Kellogg also urged Biden to removed his national security team following the fallout in Afghanistan as he earlier noted that the Democrat president “owns the Afghanistan withdrawal disaster” and that the Afghan power vacuum Biden left behind is “much worse” than the power vacuum in Iraq that spawned the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“I think it’s very fair to ask for accountability for senior leaders, and that includes the military leaders as well as the national security advisor and the secretary of state. Somebody needs to be held accountable,” Kellogg said in a Fox interview.

“I think it’s up to them to resign. If not, I think the president should remove them. It would help the American people if he changed out his national security team because we don’t know what ground truth is,” he added.

Kellogg pointed out the statement Biden said this week that it was “the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and of all of our commanders on the ground to end our airlift mission as planned.”

“If it was unanimous, that means all of them are accountable for the action,” Kellogg said. “If they all thought it was a good idea and it’s a bad idea, then maybe they should all leave,” the retired general, who also served as former acting national security advisor to President Donald Trump, added.

The calls for Milley and Austin’s resignation has been mounting as the public outcry over the disastrous Afghanistan pullout continues — which earlier culminated with the death of 13 US servicemen and at least 90 Afghan nationals.

Others are also demanding that President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and State Secretary Antony Blinken all step down to take responsibility for the Afghanistan disaster.

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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