In a powerful display of unity of thought Monday, roughly 90 retired generals and admirals signed on to a letter calling for the resignations of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley over the disastrous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
The retired officers contend that it was their job to either convince Biden to do the right thing, or having failed to do so, resign.
The retired flag officers did not hold back in their scathing letter calling for Austin and Milley to step down.
“If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the [president] to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement.”
The letter continued, the tone at one point sounding as though there needed to be a reminder of one of the basic functions of the military, to hold those in charge accountable for their actions, or the lack of them.
“A fundamental principle in the military is holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their actions or inactions. There must be accountability at all levels for this tragic and avoidable debacle.”
The retired flag officers also referred to long-term effects the chaotic exit by the United States from Afghanistan will have, not just on the credibility and reputation of the U.S. itself, but as events unfold in the region well into the future.
“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 officers also addressed America’s standing with our allies going forward: “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.”
It seems some of those latter results are already rolling in.
Some of the most stinging remarks have come from Great Britain. German officials have expressed anger that the U.S. did not consult with coalition partners.
The calls for, as the retired generals and admirals have said, “accountability,” are growing.
On Friday, following the horrific suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 13 American servicemen, Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and Andy Harris (R-MD) filed articles of impeachment against Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The articles cite Blinken’s “failure in leadership over the Afghanistan situation.”
The Articles of Impeachment continue, “Secretary Blinken has failed to faithfully uphold his oath and has instead presided over a reckless abandonment of our nation’s interests, security, and values in his role in the withdrawal of American forces and diplomatic assets from Afghanistan.”
Outspoken Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene also wasted no time in filing articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden for his inept and incompetent handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Greene announced her filing of articles of impeachment last week during an appearance on former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s podcast. Greene seemed to voice the anger and frustration of millions of Americans when she stated, “I have my team right now working on articles of impeachment. Because I’m so disgusted with Joe Biden. You know I’ve already filed one set of articles of impeachment. But his failure as a president is unspeakable.”
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