Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to resign over the debacle in Kabul as the full story comes out during Congressional testimony.
She said: “Biden lied when he told Stephanopoulos no one advised him against his timeline-based withdrawal. His recklessness resulted in the deaths of 13 US servicemembers and the abandonment of countless citizens and allies. Biden can’t avoid the consequences of his actions. He must resign.”
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie both testified that they recommended keeping some U.S. troops in Afghanistan. They made clear that while they would not reveal exactly what they said their views were well known in the admin.
“I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation,” McKenzie told lawmakers. “And I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.”
“I also have a view that the withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces and eventually the Afghan government,” he added.
This is what Joe Biden said on ABC:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But your top military advisors warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops.
BIDEN: No, they didn’t. It was split. Tha– that wasn’t true. That wasn’t true.
STEPHANOPOULOS: They didn’t tell you that they wanted troops to stay?
BIDEN: No. Not at — not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a timeframe all troops.
They didn’t argue against that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no one told — your military advisors did not tell you, No, we should just keep 2,500 troops.
It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that.
No one said that to me that I can recall.
Look, George, the reason why it’s been stable for a year is because the last president said, We’re leaving.
And here’s the deal I wanna make with you, Taliban.
We’re agreeing to leave if you agree not to attack us between now and the time we leave on May the 1st.