Congress should thoroughly investigate what really happened during the Biden administration’s “disastrous” military withdrawal from Afghanistan, a former president said on Sept. 28.
Donald Trump wants lawmakers to find out exactly how 13 U.S. troops died and taxpayer-funded military equipment was abandoned while evacuating the Middle Eastern country.
“Congress should set up a ‘Commission on the Disastrous Withdrawal From Afghanistan,'” he said according to the Save America website. “[It should] figure out what went wrong, why so many of our warriors were killed, and why so much money ($85 billion dollars)–in the form of weapons and military equipment–was left behind for the Taliban to use and to sell to other countries.”
Trump rejected the Biden administration’s initial conclusion that the military withdrawal was a success. This is partly because many U.S. citizens and Afghan allies were left behind despite the risk of Taliban retaliation.
“This is, without question, something that needs to be investigated further,” he said. “[This includes] 13 dead American heroes, billions of dollars of equipment, and hundreds of Americans still left behind in Afghanistan with the Taliban.”
The Republican believes a commission will be able to thoroughly investigate how events unfolded, and offer more insight than any Democrat-led inquiry into the Capitol riots on Jan. 6.
Senior military officials recently told a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting they had warned the current president to keep at least 2,500 troops to maintain stability in Afghanistan. However, this information contradicts Joe Biden’s August remarks on national television where he recalled “no one” recommending a 2,500-troop presence.
Gen. Mark Milley, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie were also grilled about the death of 10 civilians in a drone strike. The attack was meant to target Islamic State-K terrorists on Aug. 29.
Milley refused to stop chairing the Joint Chiefs of Staff because it would be perceived as a political stunt.
“It would be an incredible act of political defiance for a commissioned officer to just resign because my advice is not taken,” he previously said. “My statutory responsibility is to provide legal advice or the best military advice to the president–that is my legal requirement [and] that is what the law is.”