Gen. Milley names ‘fundamental flaw’ in Afghanistan withdrawal

by ian

The Afghanistan pullout continues to haunt President Joe Biden.

Yesterday, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Mark Milley testified before Congress. There, the retired general testified that, against his advice, the administration chose not to maintain a military presence in the days leading up to the pull-out.

Milley told House lawmakers it was poor planning and timing that led to the deaths of 13 U.S. troops in Kabul and created a power vacuum quickly filled by the Taliban. He said, “The fundamental mistake, fundamental flaw was the timing … I think that was too slow and too late.”

This mistake also resulted in $80 million of equipment being left behind and, by Milley’s admission, an unknown number of Americans.