Former US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last month was "developed by a child’s mind," according to statements issued
to the media via email.
Earlier in the day, two top military officials and the defense secretary confirmed that President Biden was advised to keep at least 2,500 troops in the country to prevent the Taliban from overrunning the Western-imposed government. The president purportedly ignored the advice, given that he said he did not recall
such warnings from his generals.
According to the former president, such a "botched and embarrassingly incompetent withdrawal
from Afghanistan had nothing to do with past administrations or things that happened ‘from 20 years ago,’ (other than we should not have been in the Middle East in the first place!)"
In his Tuesday testimony, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin justified the pullout
before the Senate Armed Services Committee, arguing that retaining forces in Afghanistan past the end of August "would have made it even more dangerous for our people, and would not have significantly changed the number of evacuees we could get out."
Trump claimed that the Taliban was "held at bay" at the time he stepped out of the White House in January.
“... we had as long as we wanted, there was no reason to rush, no soldiers were killed or even shot at for over 18 months, and if they didn’t meet certain conditions, we would have hit them very hard,” he insisted. “But then Biden and [General Mark] Milley removed the Military in one of the dumbest Military moves in history, and it all began. So sad for our Nation!”
In another statement, according to The New York Post
, Trump directed his vengeance at Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, especially in light of the general confessing to being interviewed for three books detailing the final weeks of the Trump administration.
Milley, for instance, spoke to The Washington Post's Bob Woodward for the book "Peril," which details the call
to Milley's Chinese counterpart with assurances that a nuclear strike against China would not be conducted.
The former president also compared
Tuesday's hearing with the continuing investigation by a House select panel of the events surrounding the mayhem that took place at the US Capitol on January 6.
"Rather than the political January 6th Unselect Committee of Radical Left Democrats and Democrat wannabes (Warmonger Liz Cheney and Cryin’ Adam Kinzinger), Congress should set up a ‘Commission On the Disastrous Withdrawal From Afghanistan,’ to 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 stated, according to the NY Post.
Trump, who concluded the peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, has repeatedly slammed the rather hectic summer US troop withdrawal from the war-torn country.
"This is without question something that needs to be investigated further. Thirteen dead AMERICAN HEROES, billions of dollars of equipment, and hundreds of Americans still left behind in Afghanistan with the Taliban!” the ex-president added.
Trump has repeatedly slammed the early abandonment of the military airport in Bagram, the chaotic evacuation of American citizens and collaborators from the country through the Kabul airport, as well as the fact that most of the military forces left the country before civilians, explicitly saying
that the government should have taken "the military out last, after all of the people are out."
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