On Tuesday, during a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting, General Mark Milley (Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and 2 other senior U.S. military regulators dealt with tough inquiries regarding the United States evacuation from Afghanistan.
The chairman Mark Milley explained that the result in Afghanistan was a logistical triumph but a strategic disaster during his demonstration with the head of American Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., and Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense.
Mark Milley and Kenneth McKenzie Jr. described to the Senate Armed Services Committee that they had recommended keeping twenty-five hundred U.S. military soldiers in Afghanistan, denying remarks given by Joe Biden (American President) earlier month in which Biden rejected getting such instruction.
The Secretary of Defense described that the quickness of the failure in the country took top military officials by surprise, and they didn’t completely understand the level of frail leadership and corruption in the government, and the U.S. military’s deficiency of willingness to fight.
Risk of another terrorist attack on troops
In reaction to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s question, the Joint Chiefs of Staff described that he thought there would have been high confidence of another terrorist assault on the U.S. military in case if they didn’t evacuate the country until 31st August.
When Mark Milley asked by Senator Tom Cotton why he had not quit the job over the way the condition in Afghanistan was handled, then he replied that Joe Biden does not have to agree with that guidance; he does not have to give those decisions just because they are generals, and it will be an absurd activity of political disobedience for a military officer to just quit the job because his advice isn’t taken.
He added that this nation does not want military generals solving what directives they are going to accept and do or not, and that isn’t their job. Moreover, Milley said that the principle of civilian control of the U.S. military is absolute, it is critical to this republic.
American evacuation from Afghanistan in the previous month has been globally seen as chaotic. The people of Afghanistan are extremely desperate to go out of the country. Furthermore, thirteen service members lost their lives in bombings at Kabul. Besides this, a US drone strike explained as righteous was ultimately came as a tragic mistake that had taken 10 innocent lives, including several kids, and an aid employee.