More than 80 retired senior military officers are calling for the resignations of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mark Milley following the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“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,” Flag Officers 4 America, a group of retired generals and admirals across all military services except the Space Force, Wrote in a statement Monday. “Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.”
The coalition of retired officers—which includes Reagan national security adviser and retired vice admiral John Poindexter, former rear admiral Rep. Ronny Jackson (R., Texas), and former four-star admiral and vice chief of naval operations Jerome Johnson—took aim at military leadership, saying adversaries such as China and Russia “are emboldened to move against America due to the weakness displayed in Afghanistan.”
“A fundamental principle in the military is holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their
actions or inactions,” the retired officers wrote. “There must be accountability at all levels for this tragic and avoidable debacle.” (Read more from “Top Retired Military Officers Call On Milley, Austin To Resign Over Afghanistan” HERE)
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