Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s testimony before Congress this week drew some tough questioning from a few Republicans, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO).
President Donald Trump stated his website on Tuesday in response to the testimony from the top defense officials in the Biden administration.
Trump wrote that the “botched and embarrassingly incompetent” withdrawal had nothing to do with his or other administrations and was caused by taking the military out of the country before “American citizens and $85 Billion worth of the highest-grade Military equipment anywhere in the world” were withdrawn. He said that a “child’s mind developed the plan,” and Biden alone is responsible. Trump added that the Taliban was under control when he left office and that there was no reason to rush withdrawal, which was “one of the dumbest Military moves in history.”
Trump points out Biden’s excuses fallacy that the withdrawal plan boxed him in before he left office. Trump states that his plan included essential conditions, and if they were not met, “we would have walloped them.”
Milley confirmed during his testimony that the Taliban did not comply with the Trump conditions, including working out agreements with the Afghan civil government to co-exist peacefully. Once it became apparent that the Taliban did not intend to respect the agreement’s provisions reached with Trump, Biden’s claims about being left without options vaporized. Biden had no obligation, legal or otherwise, to shutter the U.S. base at Bagram.
Biden’s claims that he was left with “no plan” are ridiculous. He alone decided to change the plan he was left with multiple times, including changing the May 1 withdrawal date twice, ending August 31 under deadly and haphazard conditions.