When 90 of the brightest minds in your field think that you’re completely unfit to do your job, you’ve done something wrong.
And this time, that “something” is definitely withdrawing military personnel from Afghanistan while leaving thousands of Americans behind with no protection and the violent Taliban newly-armed with American military technology.
As the United States officially pulled out of Afghanistan, that’s exactly what happened to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley.
Nearly 90 retired American generals and admirals signed an open letter calling for both of their resignations, effective immediately.
With the world laughing at America, the letter argued that this blunder has ruined our credibility and will “reverberate for decades.”
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. The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions. In addition, the loss of billions of dollars in our 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 will be seen for many years as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.
Moreover, now our adversaries 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 energized and can pass freely into our Country through our open border with Mexico and among the inadequately vetted Afghan refugees.
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