Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz had a full-blown, bone-rattling smackdown on Gen. Mark Milley and Lloyd Austin during a Senate hearing this week on the failed departure from Afghanistan.
“You really blew that call, didn’t you, General?” Gaetz asked Austin.
“I believe that that was an issue of strategic stalemate and that if we had remained in Afghanistan with the advisory levels of effort then the government of Afghanistan…” Austin replied.
“That’s an interesting answer to a question. It’s just not one I asked you. You spent more time with Bob Woodward on this book than you spent analyzing the very likely prospect that the Afghanistan government was going to fall immediately to the Taliban, didn’t you?
And that was the mild part. Gaetz unleashed the anger many Americans still hold over the Biden administration’s failed departure of Afghanistan that left 13 military members dead, killed 10 innocent people in a drone strike and left hundreds—if not thousands—of Americans abandoned and at the mercy of the Taliban.
Despite the answers of military leaders, there need to be some consequences over the terrible exit after two decades in the country. There was no need to leave Americans in danger or to hand over the nation to the Taliban nearly overnight. So far, all Gaetz has received are excuses, and he’s tired of hearing about it as the video clearly reveals.