Retired American generals have called for the resignation of the Pentagon leadership in connection with the irreparable damage to the reputation of the United States caused by the circumstances of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, according to the organization Flag Officers 4 America.
According to a statement published on the organization’s website, about 90 retired generals and admirals signed a letter calling for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley. The authors of the letter indicate that “as a result of a hasty retreat, an unknown number of Americans found themselves in dangerous areas controlled by a brutal enemy.”
The top military leadership should have prevented the mistakes made during the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The authors of the appeal believe that if they did everything possible but the president did not listen, they should immediately resign.
“The consequences of this catastrophe are great and will be reflected for decades,” the letter says.
“The loss of billions of dollars of our modern military equipment and materials that fell into the hands of our enemies is catastrophic. The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable. For many years, we will be considered as an unreliable partner in any international agreement or operation,” the letter says.
The opponents of the United States, because of the “weakness shown in Afghanistan,” will find the courage to speak out against the country, and Russia and China will benefit the most, the retired militaries say.