More than 80 retired generals and admirals signed a letter Monday asking Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley to resign over the failed departure of the U.S. military from Afghanistan.
“The hasty retreat has left initial estimates at ~15,000 Americans stranded in dangerous areas controlled by a brutal enemy along with ~25,000 Afghan citizens who
supported American forces,” the letter read.
“As principal military advisors to the CINC/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms.
“If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. 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 added.
Following the withdraw of U.S. troops, the Taliban quickly took over power of Afghanistan. Thousands of Americans were still in the country, requiring 6,000 troops sent back to Afghanistan to assist with evacuations.
A suicide bombing killed more than 100 people last week, including 13 U.S. military members. After leaving on Aug. 31, a small number of Americans remain trapped within the country.
A growing number of voices have called for resignations from President Joe Biden or other top leaders over the botched exit. So far, no major firings or resignations have taken place.
The president is expected to address the nation on Tuesday afternoon. However, it is unlikely any leaders will be asked to resign, instead celebrating America leaving Afghanistan after two decades.