(USA Features) Nearly 90 retired U.S. military general and admirals are demanding that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley resign following a deadly attack that killed 13 personnel outside the airport in Kabul on Thursday.
The open letter from Flag Officers For America asked the two men to resign due to “negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
“As principal military advisors to the CINC [Commander-in-Chief]/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms,” the letter says.
“If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign,” the flag officers continued.
“Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement,” the letter said.
The “hasty retreat,” the letter states, not only left thousands of Americans and Afghan allies vulnerable at the hands of the Taliban but also led to the “catastrophic” loss of “billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies.”
“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,” the letter continued.
“The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions,” the letter stated. “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. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged,” the flag officers added.
The damaged trust will now give confidence to U.S. enemies who are “are emboldened to move against America due to the weakness displayed in Afghanistan.”
“China benefits the most followed by Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and others. Terrorists around the world are emboldened and able to pass freely into our country through our open border with Mexico,” the letter continued.
The flag officers also lashed out at the current military leadership’s focus on “wokeness,” which they said is harming U.S. military readiness, viability, and cohesion as a fighting force.
“In interviews, congressional testimony, and public statements it has become clear that top leaders in our military are placing mandatory emphasis on PC ‘wokeness’ related training which is extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and war fighting capability,” the letter states.
“Our military exists to fight and win our Nation’s wars and that must be the sole focus of our top military leaders.”
“For these reasons we call on the SECDEF Austin and the CJCS General Milley to resign,” the flag officers write in conclusion.
“A fundamental principle in the military is holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their actions or inactions. There must be accountability at all levels for this tragic and avoidable debacle,” they added.