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Retired US top military executives demand Secretary Austin resign

20:07, 31 August 2021
Retired US top military executives demand Secretary Austin resign Photo: Wikimedia

90 former generals and admirals have also called on the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to leave the post.


Almost 100 retired generals and admirals have signed an open letter urging Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to resign over the lousy withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan.

The letter has been uploaded to the net.

They accuse the executives of neglecting their duties and call the evacuation process a disaster.

The veterans reproach the current officials for not persuading US President Joe Biden into postponing the evacuation process and putting thousands of soldiers and civilians under threat. The generals suggest that Austin and Milley resign in case Biden refused to delay the operation.

“If they did do everything within their ability to persuade the 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 retired officers specifically blame the government for quitting the Bagram Air Base and leaving hundreds of pieces of equipment to the Taliban*.

The veterans make part of the group “Flag Officers 4 Freedom”. In May they accused Biden of stealing the elections.

On Monday night the US government announced that the last American plane left Afghanistan, thus marking the end of the longest US war.

The Taliban have announced Independence Day and are celebrating the victory against the “Western occupation.”

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.