Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said on Saturday during a “Fox Report” interview that the disastrous evacuation at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan was one of the plans in response to the Taliban taking power of the nation.
“The collapse of the Afghan Army happened at a much faster rate and very unexpected, by pretty much everybody, and then with that is the collapse of the Afghan government. So, that was definitely a surprise,” Milley admitted.
“But I will say that there was an awful lot of planning done, ROC drills, rehearsals, etc. And what you saw unfold with this noncombatant evacuation operation was one of the contingency plans,” he added.
The revelation seemed to contrast earlier reports that the military had been advised to reject previously developed plans to safely evacuate Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan.
Most concerning was a suicide bombing outside of the Kabul airport that killed more than 100 people, including 13 U.S. military personnel.
Many conservative lawmakers have called for President Joe Biden and other leaders to resign or to be fired over the failed evacuations that have left Americans behind enemy lines. Hundreds of Americans reportedly remained in Afghanistan after the Aug. 31 deadline.
Milley’s comments seem directed to justify the military’s actions in Afghanistan, but the results remained the same. The botched departure has left many Americans angry, as well as some Americans left at the hands of the Taliban.