Almost 100 retired military generals and admirals are demanding Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to resign over their “negligence” as top military officials in connection surrounding the “disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
“The retired Flag Officers signing this letter are calling for the resignation and retirement of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) based on negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan,” the 87 retired top-ranking military officials wrote in the open letter released Monday night.
The group called “Flag Officers 4 America” specifically slammed Austin and Milley for not doing “everything in their authority” to stop this “dangerous” and “hasty withdrawal” in the strongest possible term. They noted that if the two attempted to persuade President Biden not to go through his botched plan that resulted in 13 U.S. service members being killed in the final days but were largely ignored, they should resign in “protest as a matter of conscience and public statement.”
“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 reads.
Besides military reasoning, the group is also calling on Austin and Milley to resign over their “leadership, training, and morale” emphasis, slamming the top leaders for “placing mandatory emphasis on PC ‘wokeness’ related training which is extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and war fighting capability.”
As of Monday night, the 87 signatories who signed onto the letter includes retired Navy Rear Adm. John Poindexter, a former national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan; Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), a former Navy rear admiral and White House physician under former Presidents Obama and Trump; and retired Army Brigadier Gen. Donald Bolduc, a Republican Senate candidate running in New Hampshire.
The letter comes as Biden faces widespread condemnation from both sides of the aisles over his botched withdrawal handling of U.S. troops in Afghanistan that ultimately became a chaotic hastily evacuation of American citizens and Afghan allies amid the Taliban rapid takeover of the war-torn country, Republicans in both the House and the Senate have called for Biden to resign, while a handful is demanding his impeachment, calling on Biden’s Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment for the president to be impeached.
Pentagon officials on Monday announced the final U.S. military evacuation flights had departed Kabul’s International airport, just 24 hours before Biden’s artificial self-imposed withdrawal deadline, acknowledging that they are leaving behind hundreds of American citizens and Afghan allies in the now Taliban-controlled country.