On Tuesday, Gen Frank McKenzie and Gen Mark Milley confirmed that Joint Chiefs recommended the US President to keep a force of 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.
This Revelation comes to question by the Senate armed services committee to the Gen and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.
This is in sharp contradiction to Joe Biden’s denial of any such advice being delivered to him, while he spoke to ABC journalist on 19 August.
The statement comes weeks after a suicide attack at Kabul airport killed 182 people including 13 US Personnel and 169 Afghans. On the question of whether the President’s comments were a “false statement”, Gen Milley refused to take sides. “I’m not going to categorize a statement of the President of the United States,” he said.
White House spokeswoman Jan Psaki, defending Joe Biden, said “The President values the candid advice of the joint chiefs and the military, that doesn’t mean he always agrees with it.” She anticipated a war if US troops would have remained in Kabul.
Meanwhile, Gen Milley confessed that the U.S. withdrawal was a “strategic defeat”. It resulted in power in hand of the militant group, Taliban.
In late 2001, the United States, supported by its close allies, invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban government but Washington’s withdrawal in 2021, is a clear victory of the latter.