A letter signed by more than 80 retired generals and admirals in the United States armed forces is calling for the defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley to resign.
According to the Conservative Brief, the high ranking military officials cited their contributions to the “disastrous withdrawal” of U.S. forces from Afghanistan as cause for the call to resign.
The open letter post on Monday called out both Austin and Milley for “negligence in performing their duties,” that resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. service members at the hands of terrorists in Kabul.
“The retired Flag Officers signing this letter are calling for the resignation and retirement of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) based on negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan,” the letter began.
“The hasty retreat has left initial estimates at ~15,000 Americans stranded in dangerous areas controlled by a brutal enemy along with ~25,000 Afghan citizens who supported American forces.”
They continued: “What should have happened upon learning of the Commander in Chief’s (President Biden’s) plan to quickly withdraw our forces and close the important power projection base Bagram, without adequate plans and forces in place to conduct the entire operation in an orderly fashion?”
“The death and torture of Afghans have already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions,” they wrote. “The loss of billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies is catastrophic. 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,” the letter continued. “Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.”
According to the leaders, if either Austin or Milley “did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal,” they should resign their positions, immediately in protest, “as a matter of conscious 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.”