On July 21, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said during a press conference that the Afghanistan military was fully capable of defending the country from an insurgent Taliban or any Islamic terrorists.
On Friday, the Taliban entered Kabul and have taken over Afghanistan’s two largest cities, effectively taking over the country in a matter of days with little or no resistance at all from the Afghani military.
Milley said on July 21, “General Miller and his team, along with CENTCOM and many others in the joint force, have paved the path for a safe, orderly and responsible transition.”
“The Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country, and we will continue to support the Afghan Security Forces where necessary in accordance with the guidance from the president and the secretary of defense,” Gen. Milley claimed.
The general continued, “The future of Afghanistan is squarely in the hands of the Afghan people, and there are a range of possible outcome in Afghanistan.”
“And I want to emphasize repeatedly, and I’ve said this before, a negative outcome, a Taliban automatic military takeover, is not a forgone conclusion,” Milley continued. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make adjustments as necessary.”
As we now know, the Afghan Security Forces put up almost no resistance, and Taliban effectively controls the entire country after just a few days of fighting.
Many commentators in the last few days have wondered how the current situation in Afghanistan is possible.
The U.S. has been in the country since October, 2001. Trillions of dollars have been spent on the occupation, including training the Afghani military. How could it all crumble in just a few days?
How could our country’s top military leader appear to be so clueless about the state of the situation?
Maybe it’s because America’s elites and brass were focused on other things.
Milley has been a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump and a symbol for those who worry that the U.S. military is being infiltrated with toxic left dogma.
In June, Milley defended Critical Race Theory texts being part of a suggested reading list for U.S. Navy members, claiming that such materials might be necessary to understand the “white rage” the general believes inspired the Capitol riot on January 6.
“I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read,” Milley said.
“And the United States Military Academy is a university,” he continued. “And it is important that we train and we understand – and I want to understand White rage.”
Milley added, “And I’m White… So, what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that?”
“I want to find that out,” Milley finished.
Perhaps it is too simple to suggest that Milley should have been more focused on finding out how trillions of dollars and decades of training went out the window nearly overnight.
Then again, maybe not.
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