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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley and two other senior military officers face tough questions during Senate Armed Services Committee the hearing Regarding the US withdrawal from Afghanistan on Tuesday, defended his decision-making on several counts.

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meet described The outcome in Afghanistan as “a logical success but a strategic failure” during his testimony with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and US Central Command chief General Kenneth Mackenzie Jr.

McKenzie and Milley told the committee that they had advised 2,500 US troops to be grounded in Afghanistan. refute Remarks made by President Biden last month in which he denied receiving such a recommendation.

Austin said The rapidity of the collapse in Afghanistan took top officials by surprise, and they “did not fully understand” the extent of corruption and weak leadership in the government and the military’s lack of will to fight.

In response to a question from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Mille said He believed there would be an “almost certainty” of another terrorist attack on US troops if they remained in Afghanistan after August 31.

even met accepted Talking to the authors of three books that included details of her contact with President Trump, but could not talk about the accuracy of how she was portrayed because she has not read them.

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“The president doesn’t have to agree to that advice, he doesn’t have to make a decision just because we’re generals, and it would be an unbelievable act of political disobedience for a commissioned officer to resign just because I have advice. Didn’t take,” found said Asked by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) why he didn’t resign over the way he handled the situation in Afghanistan. “This country does not want the generals to know which orders we are going to accept and which are not. It is not our job. The principle of civilian control of the military is absolute, it is important for this republic.”

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US withdrawal from Afghanistan in August has been widely seen chaotic. Afghans desperate to escape fallen to his death after being glued to planes; had 13 service members killed attributed to Islamic State during the Kabul airport bombing; And a US drone strike was initially described as “righteous” and eventually determined as “righteous”.sad mistake“Which killed 10 innocent civilians, including an aid worker and several children, instead of Islamic State targets. America’s Longest War” Cost The lives of approximately 2,500 soldiers, more than 47,000 Afghan civilians, 66,000 members of the Afghan military and police, hundreds of aid workers and more. America is Estimated At least $2.3 trillion has been spent on the conflict. many americans citizens, Afghan allies and others Live In the country, something Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) called “disgrace” during the hearing.

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Milley also defended calls made with the Chinese military leadership during the final days of the Trump administration, telling the hearing that they were under former Defense Secretary Mark T. Arizona and was “coordinating” with key officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The general has come under scrutiny for those talks in recent weeks, although he repeated On Tuesday that “I was not at any time attempting to alter or influence process, usurp authority, or insert myself into a chain of command.”

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Milley was questioned on committee by Republican senators when he admitted to speaking with several authors of books about the Trump administration, including Bob Woodward. Washington Post columnist James Hohmann Speciality In the second part of the hearing as “too much partisan”. Holly and others indicated that Milley preferred to be “favourably portrayed by the DC Press Corps” over the situation in Afghanistan, and he called on Milley and Austin to resign. Milley explained his reasoning for speaking with members of the media, saying, “I think it’s important to make sure the American people are transparent with our government. That’s all. There’s nothing more complicated than that.”

what to see

The committee will continue to review the withdrawal from Afghanistan during a closed session on Tuesday afternoon and another hearing on Thursday.

Afghanistan withdrawal Senate hearing: Live stream and updates“(new York Times)

General Mark Milley testifies to Congress: Live Updates“(Washington Post)

Milley defends China’s call, says ‘I’m sure Trump didn’t intend to attack China’ – LIVE“(Guardian)

Top generals refute Biden, say they urged him not to withdraw from Afghanistan“(politician)

General Milley says Trump officials knew about China’s call(al Jazeera)