Now that the remaining U.S. troops have all been pulled out of Afghanistan, in arguably the most humiliating foreign policy blunder by a U.S. president in modern history, the analysis of what exactly went wrong and what should be done about it is in full force.
As the Daily Caller reported, many are taking aim at President Joe Biden’s top military commanders, as there are a growing number of voices demanding that some, or all of them resign or be fired. The New York Post, on Sunday, published a scathing op-ed calling on Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley to resign for his role in the debacle.
The Post’s argument for Milley’s termination revolves around his role in deciding to close Bagram Airfield, which many believe would have given U.S. forces a significant advantage in both evacuation and defense capabilities.
Biden was pressed on multiple occasions on the questionable decision to go with the airport in Kabul instead of securing Bagram. Each time, Biden deferred to his top commanders, telling reporters that he followed and agreed with their guidance.
“They concluded — the military — that Bagram was not much value added, that it was much wiser to focus on Kabul,” the president told the press. “And so, I followed that recommendation.”
The Post’s editorial board argued that Milley shoulders the brunt of the responsibility, no matter if Biden is telling the truth, or if the president was lying to reporters.
“If Biden is telling the truth, this disaster is on Milley’s watch. Or Biden is lying … and Milley failed to do his duty and push back against a commander-in-chief who is making deadly decisions,” the Post’s editorial board wrote.
It added: “Either way, he is derelict in his duty — and must either take responsibility for what went wrong or tell Americans the truth about their president.”
Only time will tell if, as they say, “heads will roll” as a result of the botched Afghanistan situation on Biden’s watch, but with possibly hundreds of Americans still stranded in the Taliban-occupied country, Americans will demand accountability, one way or another.