by Frank Holmes, reporter
Dozens of men who earned the military’s highest distinction are demanding that heads roll after President Joe Biden chose to pull the U.S. military out of Afghanistan in defeat and left hundreds of Americans stranded in Taliban-controlled territory.
No less than 90 generals and admirals from across the branches of the U.S. military have called on the main leaders and architects of America’s withdrawal to resign.
“A fundamental principle in the military is holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their actions or inaction,” the distinguished military servicemen wrote in an open letter to the administration. “There must be accountability at all levels for this tragic and avoidable debacle.”
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“The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time,” says the letter from Flag Officers 4 Freedom. “The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions.”
The generals point out the human cost of Biden’s bungling: He left 40,000 American citizens or Afghan allies “stranded in dangerous areas controlled by a brutal enemy,” the letter says. That includes an estimated 15,000 Americans and 25,000 Afghans who helped U.S. forces during the two-decade-long war.
And they’re not just lobbing a blanket condemnation. They’re not just saying “mistakes were made.” They’re naming names—and insisting that they tender their resignations.
The generals are informing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley that their time is up, and they should give President Biden their resignation letters—just like they gave him terrible advice by signing off on his evacuation debacle.
The generals’ letter says that these Biden administration advisers “should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms.”
The military brass say these political appointees should step down regardless of what they did.
“If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign,” the letter says. “If they did do everything within their ability to persuade (President Biden) 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” at the time.
Either way, they should be gone.
“The retired Flag Officers signing this letter are calling for the resignation and retirement of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) based on negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan,” they write.
The military men who co-signed this letter know what it’s like to be national leaders—a few of them are even nationally known figures. One of them is a top aide to former President Ronald Reagan: his National Security Advisor, Vice Admiral John Poindexter.
Another is Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Tex., the former White House physician who cared for Barack Obama and President Donald Trump who called on medical authorities to administer the cognitive test on Joe Biden.
There’s no way Biden could pass a cognitive skills battery that tests whether someone has dementia, Jackson has said.
He’s not the only person in the House calling for Biden to be removed from office. Multiple Republican congressmen have demanded that Joe Biden resign the presidency over his inept planning and flawed execution of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The list includes U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Josh Hawley of Missouri, and Roger Marshall of Kansas; as well as U.S. Congressmen Chip Roy of Texas, Byron Donalds of Florida, Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Jody Hice of Georgia, Claudia Tenney of New York, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, Kat Cammack of Florida, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Lee Zeldin of New York, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Brian Babin of Texas, Jackie Walorski of Indiana, Andy Harris of Maryland—and even more.
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Everyone demanding accountability for killing soldiers and stranding U.S. citizens is a Republican, of course.
The Democrats—who jumped to impeach President Trump over a phone call—have had nothing to say about the debacle, or the blood that’s on their party leader’s hands.
By signing this letter demanding that Biden’s advisers resign immediately, these 90 generals continue to serve their country.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”