Top generals contradict Biden. Top generals said Tuesday that they had advised President Joe Biden to keep 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan even after the Aug.31 withdrawal deadline, contradicting the president’s statement last month that no one urged him not to withdraw the military from the country.
Top generals contradict Biden on Afghanistan
Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both admitted during public congressional testimony that they agreed with the advice of Army Gen. Austin Miller that 2,500 U.S. military be left in Afghanistan, though they declined to detail what they recommended President Joe Biden directly.
“I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion, and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation. I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. And I also recommended earlier in the fall of 2020 that we maintain 4,500 at that time. Those are my personal views,” McKenzie said.
McKenzie said it had been his opinion that the full US withdrawal would cause the collapse of Afghan troops and government.
When asked if Miller presented his proposal with President Joe Biden, McKenzie told lawmakers he believed his comments “have been heard clearly.”
Milley later affirmed in the hearing that he agreed to the proposal to leave behind a force of several thousand militaries. He said that if US troops had remained in Afghanistan before August 31, the risk of attacks on both US citizens and the military would have increased. In addition, staying in Afghanistan would have required 15,000 and 20,000 service members and a move to re-establish control of Bagram Airport, he said.
Top generals consistently recommended that Biden keep the Aug. 31 withdrawal date on Aug. 25, Milley added, as Biden was considering extending the deadline to match the evacuation mandate.
When asked by Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., if he should resign after Biden went against his recommendation to fully withdraw from Afghanistan, Milley dismissed the idea and said it would have been “a political act if I’m resigning in protest,” and the president is under no obligation to agree to his military advice.
Republican lawmakers repeatedly raised the issue amid Biden’s August interview with ABC News in which he denied that his top military commanders advised him to leave 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.
“Your top military advisers warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops,” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos told the President in the interview.
“No, they didn’t,” Biden answered. “It was split. That wasn’t true.”
“Your military advisers did not tell you, ‘No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that’?” Stephanopoulos later asked.
“No one said that to me that I can recall,” Biden responded.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Tuesday afternoon that leaving 2,500 troops in Afghanistan would have intensified the conflict given the Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban to withdraw troops. She pushed back again that Biden deceived the public about what his military advisers were suggesting, and said reporters had not covered the entire Biden’s interview.
“The president made clear that the advice was split,” she replied. “If there’s conflicting advice given, by necessity some peoples’ advice will not be taken.”
“The president is always going to welcome a range of advice. He asks for candor. He asks for directness. And in any scenario he’s not looking for a bunch of ‘yes’ men and women,” Psaki told reporters. She also said that Biden would decide “what’s in the best interest of the United States.”
Their testimony comes as Biden has received intense criticism domestically and skepticism abroad over his administration’s handling of the troop withdrawal and failure to predict the Taliban’s fast return to control. The remarkable testimony sets top generals against the president as the Biden administration continues to confront tough questions about what critics have called a failure withdrawal.
Biden defends Afghan withdrawal as ‘best decision’ for America
In April, Biden declared to end the 20-year war in Afghanistan by Sept. 11. American forces completed the withdrawal on August 31, leaving a chaotic and tragic end after the Taliban had taken control of Kabul earlier the same month.
The withdrawal of the U.S. troops has directly led to the death of 13 American military members, scenes of chaos at the Kabul airport, the abandonment of American civilians, and thousands of Afghan allies in the war-torn country.
When America ended its 20-year war in Afghanistan, Biden gifted the Taliban with $80 billion-plus” in the U.S-made equipment and weapons including nearly 2,000 Humvees and trucks, more than 50 armored fighting vehicles, Boeing-manufactured drones, MRAPs, and more.
The result of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan that the group the United States expelled 20 years ago is not only back in power but is also better equipped than ever to repel the enemy and enforce its rule of repression.
Is it the best decision for the United States? President Joe Biden has still defended his decision to withdraw the military out of Afghanistan, saying it was the best decision for the US national interest.
While top military leaders recommended Biden keep several thousand troops in Afghanistan but he ignored and still pulled all of the U.S militaries, which led to chaos in the country and the deaths of hundreds of Afghan citizens, including women and children, and left American civilians surrounded by terrorists.
The failure of Afghanistan and many other of his policies has decreased Biden’s approval rating. Eight months since Biden took office, his job approval rating has dropped six percentage points to 43%, the lowest of his presidency.
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