90 retired officers call on Generals Mark Milley, Lloyd Austin to resign over Afghanistan

Nearly 90 retired Generals and Admirals signed a letter Monday calling for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley to resign over their roles surrounding the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

In the letter, the flag officers stressed that as the principal military advisors to the US commander-in-chief Joe Biden, both the United States Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs of Staff General “should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms. If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign.”

The letter furthermore goes on to add, that if the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley and Defence Secretary Austin did not advise US President on the dangerous outcome of hasty withdrawal, they still should resign “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 letter says.

“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 concludes by calling for Austin and Milley to resign in the name of “holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their actions or inactions.”



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