Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Milley Calls Afghanistan Withdrawal a ‘Strategic Failure’

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the evacuation of Americans, Afghans, and allies out of Kabul following the Taliban takeover last month was a “logistical success but strategic failure,” the Pentagon’s top military officer told Congress on Tuesday. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley made the remarks during a Senate hearing by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he was questioned on the Afghanistan withdrawal alongside others including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and U.S. Central Command commander Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie. The hearing saw lawmakers both criticize the handling of the final days of the 20-year Afghanistan war and praise the decision to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops by President Joe Biden’s self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline. Some 124,000 people, including roughly 6,000 Americans, were evacuated from Kabul last month. “It was a logistical success but a strategic failure,” said Milley, the nation’s top-ranking military officer. …Read More

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