Sen Cotton Discovers Jaw-Dropping Info On Why Americans Were Trapped Afghanistan
You would think that a president would ask general officers their opinions BEFORE agreeing to evacuate a country his Nation's military has occupied for 20 years. Call me crazy, but that's what I would expect.
However, that was apparently not the case as Senator Cotton found out. Cotton was questioning General Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and General Kenneth as to when Biden asked them to weigh in. The answer? August 25th.
Kabul fell on the 15th—That means Biden sat on his hands for 10 days.
"General Milley, Joe Biden has said that it was the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs that we not maintain a military presence beyond August 31. We've heard testimony that affects today as well. When was that unanimous recommendation sought and presented to the President?"
"You turn about the 31 August? So we're getting on 25. August, I was asked to make an assessment to provide the best military advice—" Milley answered. Cotton pressed for specificity. "On August 25, I was asked to provide best military assessment is whether we should keep military forces past the 31st," Milley said.
"Secretary Austin, was anybody asked before August 25 if we should keep troops at the Kabul airport?" Cotton asked."This is the president tasked us to provide an assessment on whether or not we should extend our presence beyond August 31," Austin said. "And as General Milley just said, that assessment was made, we tasked him to make that assessment on the 25th. And he came back and provided his best military advice."
"Kabul fell on August 15," Cotton said. "It was clear that we had thousands of Americans— clear to members of this committee. We're getting phone calls that we had thousands of Americans in Afghanistan behind Taliban lines on August 15. And it took 10 days to ask these general officers. If we should extend our presence? I suspect the answer might be a little different. If you're asking them 16 days out, not five days out."
It was previously uncovered that Biden ignored military advice to leave Troops in Afghanistan to secure an evacuation— Which he ignored. Now, this? Biden waited 10 days to consult his military advisors on how to proceed with evacuations?
No wonder we still have so many stranded Americans in Afghanistan.