By Duncan Smith

As it becomes more apparent that the Pentagon leadership and brass were culpable in Lord Biden’s disastrous evacuation from Afghanistan, after having had months to plan it better, the calls are increasing for some heads on a pike, figuratively speaking, of course.

Nearly 90 flag officers — generals and admirals — have signed onto a letter demanding that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley to resign after 13 U.S. military personnel were blown apart by an ISIS-K suicide bomber Thursday while trying to operate in an untenable, indefensible environment outside the Kabul international airport.

'As principal military advisors to the CINC [Commander-in-Chief]/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms,' the letter states.

'If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement.'

The Federalist adds:

This 'hasty retreat,' the letter continues, not only left thousands of vulnerable Americans and Afghan allies stranded at the hands of the Taliban but also contributed to the 'catastrophic' loss of 'billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies.'

'The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time. The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions,' the letter says. 'The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable. We are now seen, and will be seen for many years, as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.'

This damaged trust, the retired generals and admirals argue, while giving new confidence to U.S. enemies who 'are emboldened to move against America due to the weakness displayed in Afghanistan.'

'China benefits the most followed by Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and others. Terrorists around the world are emboldened and able to pass freely into our country through our open border with Mexico,' the letter says.

The point is, neither one of these men need their jobs: Austin worked for a defense contractor after retiring as a four-star Army officer (with a nice pension). Milley will get the same pension and a cush job in the private defense sector, as most of these schmucks do.

What they should have done is told Biden either to change his plans to ensure that U.S. forces were better protected (like — never leaving the Bagram Air Base to begin with) or they could have resigned rather than be a part of this debacle.

But no. They clung to their power instead, which tells us what kind of men they really are.

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