U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) got right down to it and asked General Milley why he hasn’t resigned after the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
At the end of his questioning, Senator Tom Cotton concluded with, “I can only conclude that your advice about staying in Afghanistan was rejected. I’m shocked to learn that your advice wasn’t sought until August 25 on staying past the August 31 deadline. I understand that you’re the principal military advisor that you advise, you don’t decide, the President decides. But if all this is true, General Milley, why haven’t you resigned?“
Milley explains why he hasn’t resigned with, “Senator, as a senior military officer, resigning is a really serious thing. It’s a political act if I’m resigning in protest. My job is to provide advice, my statutory responsibilities, provide legal advice, or best military advice to the President. And that’s my legal requirement. That’s what the law is.”
“The President doesn’t have to agree with that advice. He doesn’t have to make those decisions just because we’re generals. And it would be an incredible act of political defiance for a commissioned officer to just resign because my advice is not taken”
“This country doesn’t want generals figuring out what orders we’re going to accept and do or not, that’s not our job. The principles of civilian control of the military is absolute. It’s critical to this republic, in addition to that, just from a personal standpoint, you know, my dad didn’t get a choice to resign, in Iwo Jima, and those kids there at Abbey Gate, they don’t get a choice to resign, and I’m not going to turn my back on them.”
“I’m not going to resign, they can’t resign, so I’m not going to resign, there’s no way. If the orders are illegal, we’re in a different place. But if the orders are legal from civilian authority, I intend to carry them out.”
Dave Brown shared the clip on Twitter, “Milley explains why he didn’t resign over Afghanistan. Says his father couldn’t resign at Iwo Jima and troops in Kabul didn’t have a choice either. “I’m not going to turn my back on them. They can’t resign so I’m not going to resign. There’s no way.”
Milley explains why he didn’t resign over Afghanistan. Says his father couldn’t resign at Iwo Jima and troops in Kabul didn’t have a choice either. “I’m not going to turn my back on them. They can’t resign so I’m not going to resign. There’s no way” pic.twitter.com/jtlhF8r0Je— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) September 28, 2021
Milley was not consulted on whether to stay longer in Afghanistan or not until August 25th with the deadline set to August 31st. According to him, his recommendation was to stay longer. His advice was not taken and the United States ended its presence in Afghanistan on August 31st.
Many Americans view our exit from Afghanistan as horribly executed and disastrous. President Joe Biden has called the Afghanistan withdrawal an “extraordinary success”. This assessment by the president is insulting to the American people and as U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) put it, “voters are genuinely pissed off about this.”
Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) on botched Afghanistan exit: "voters are genuinely pissed off about this."— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) September 28, 2021
This circus doesn’t appear to care what the American people think, and it seems unfathomable to many how the exit from Afghanistan can be called an “extraordinary success” in anyone’s mind.
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