Top ranking members of the U.S. military are demanding the resignation of Gen. Milley and Sec. Austin after a botched evacuation mission left 13 American troops and countless Afghans deceased. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of American citizens remained stranded behind enemy lines without any assistance from Biden’s military.
The list of retired admirals and generals demanding resignations from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley has grown significantly in the last few days, going from under 90 just a few days ago to ballooning to 130 by Thursday.
The retired admirals and generals said that both Milley and Austin need to resign “based on negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
The letter noted the numerous U.S. citizens and Afghan allies, including the man who helped rescue then-Sen. Joe Biden in 2008 when his helicopter was forced to land in a dangerous area in Afghanistan due to severe weather, who had been left behind by the administration when they pulled out of the country earlier this week.
The Flag Officers said that Milley and Austin should have strongly pushed back on Biden’s plans and, if Biden refused to heed their warnings about what would happen, they should have immediately resigned and made a public statement about the matter.
The letter reads:
AROUND 90 RETIRED GENERALS AND ADMIRALS SIGN LETTER CALLING FOR SECDEF AUSTIN AND CJCS GENERAL MILLEY TO RESIGN pic.twitter.com/ScuKlBxo1G
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A notable passage in the letter excoriates Biden’s military officials for their adherence to ‘woke’ training principals and a study of Far-Left ideology.
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. Our military exists to fight and win our Nation’s wars and that must be the sole focus of our top military leaders.
The 130 former admirals and generals who signed onto the letter are not the only retired Flag Officers to demand resignations from Milley and Austin.
On General noted that “commander in chief” 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.” Biden unwittingly blaming Lloyd and Milley for the horrid mismanagement of the evacuation mission.
“If it was unanimous, that means all of them are accountable for the action,” the former General said. “If they all thought it was a good idea and it’s a bad idea, then maybe they should all leave.”
It’s unlikely that Biden or any member of his defense team will face reprecussions for their decision to leave American citizens stranded in a war torn country. In fact, the Pentagon informed reporters last week that “Americans are stranded all of the time” in adversarial nations.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth