Pentagon leaders revealed during a Senate hearing on Tuesday that they recommended President Joe Biden should leave 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, contradicting the president’s words that no one told him to do so.
“I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan,” Central Command commander Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said during the hearing.
“I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan,” Gen. Frank McKenzie said.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) September 29, 2021
“I also had a view that the withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces and eventually the Afghan government,” McKenzie added.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley also stated he believed there should be 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.
On August 19th…
ABC NEWS: “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.”
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— Chad Gilmartin (@ChadGilmartinCA) September 28, 2021
The contradicting views pointed out that both the military leaders and Biden cannot both be right. At least one of the two views is inaccurate.
Not That I Can Recall
Will Biden admit he lied or will he simply argue he can’t “recall” hearing the information?
Gen. McKenzie: “I recommended we keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.” Gen. Milley later said same thing.
Defense Secretary Austin later told Sen. Cotton this “input was received by the president.”
President Biden told ABC last month: “No one said that to me that I can recall.”
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) September 28, 2021
Biden has certainly been known for forgetting a few things, but this issue is not going away. Instead, the Senate hearing renewed the calls from many lawmakers for Biden’s resignation, claiming he lied to the American people.
Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn is among those who has called for Biden’s resignation. She has also called for the resignation or firing of several of the military leaders involved in the Afghanistan departure.
— America Reports (@AmericaRpts) September 28, 2021
The Senate hearing has once again brought attention to the disastrous departure from Afghanistan that left 13 soldiers dead in a suicide bombing, left Americans behind and handed over Afghanistan to the Taliban.