The hearings today with the top military brass are shocking for a lot of reasons. One is that the top brass all threw Biden under the bus. It is clear that Biden and Biden alone owns this mess. Although they dumped on Trump, as expected, they admitted that Trump was at least listening to them. They also admitted monumental failure of their own leadership:
In his opening statement Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin admitted that our entire effort in Afghanistan was a failure:
“We helped build a state, Mr. Chairman, but we could not forge a nation,” he said. “The fact that the Afghan army we and our partners trained simply melted away — in many cases without firing a shot — took us all by surprise. And it would be dishonest to claim otherwise.”
They directly contradicted Joe Biden:
Milley: “My assessment was back in the fall of ’20 and remained consistent throughout that we should keep a steady state of 2,500, could bounce up to 3,500, something like that, to move towards the negotiated gated solution,”
McKenzie: I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. And I also recommended earlier in the fall of 2020 that we would maintain 4,500 at that time — those are my personal views. 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,”
Biden: “no one” that “he can recall” advised him to keep a force of 2,500 troops behind.
Milley did not actually justify himself regarding the call with China, but in attempting to save himself, he threw Nancy Pelosi completely under the bus:
Here is what the “book” says Pelosi told Milley:
“He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy,” Pelosi reportedly said, adding, “[I]s there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?”
Milley: “Pelosi in January called him to “inquire about the President’s ability to launch nuclear weapons. I sought to assure her that nuclear launch is governed by a very specific and deliberate process.”
The top US general said Pelosi was “concerned and made various personal references characterizing the President.” Milley underscored to Pelosi that the president has unilateral authority to launch nuclear weapons “but he doesn’t launch them alone,” he said.
Milley added that he also told Pelosi, “I am not qualified to determine the mental health of the president of the United States.
Milley confirmed that Trump was rational and was not issuing insane demands:
“I know, I am certain, President Trump did not intend on attacking the Chinese and it is my directed responsibility to convey presidential orders and intent.”
“My task at that time was to de-escalate. My message was consistent: calm, steady, de-escalate,” Milley said. “We re not going to attack you.”
So, if anyone attempted an insurrection, it was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who literally called the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and told him to ignore commands from the President of the United States because she thought he was crazy. She also made insulting reference to President Trump’s weight, which is not actually evidence of insanity.
Somethings are clear. There is bi-partisan outrage at this. Even Democrats are questioning the threat to National Security because of the relationship between the Taliban and Pakistan since Pakistan is reported to have 150 nuclear weapons.
One thing I have noticed is that Democrats are not exactly carrying the water for the Biden Administration. While some have tried to shift some of the blame to Trump, no one is pretending this was a good result. There is bi-partisan concern and outrage.
This will not go unnoticed, even by the MSM. Jake Tapper even talked about focusing totally on Donald Trump regarding the 2022 elections because otherwise Democrats are in deep trouble. That is an open admission that the MSM is on a mission to cover-up for Democrats and an admission that they are finding the task increasingly difficult.