The path that led to this moment was paved with years of mistakes, from our catastrophic pivot to Iraq, to our failure to handle Pakistan’s support for the Taliban, to the flawed Doha Agreement signed by President Trump. — Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee
The path that led to this moment was paved with years of mistakes, from our catastrophic pivot to Iraq, to our failure to handle Pakistan’s support for the Taliban, to the flawed Doha Agreement signed by President Trump. — Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee

There was no one who said, five years from now we could have 2,500 troops and that would be sustainable. And I think that's important for people to know and to understand. — White House press secretary Jen Psaki
There was no one who said, five years from now we could have 2,500 troops and that would be sustainable. And I think that's important for people to know and to understand. — White House press secretary Jen Psaki

Top military leaders testify on Afghanistan for first time since withdrawal
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Frank McKenzie, leader of US Central Command, were grilled on the chaotic withdrawal. Here are some key moments:
  • Defense secretary reflects on the 20-year war.
  • Milley says he clearly warned Biden and Trump that a quick withdrawal could lead to Afghan government collapse.
  • Milley defended calls to China during Trump administration.
  • Doha Agreement impacted morale and performance of Afghan forces, according to Milley and McKenzie.
  • US CENTCOM head says he takes responsibility for drone strike that targeted wrong vehicle.
  • Military leaders' testimony on Afghanistan troop levels appears to conflict with Biden's statements.
“There was no one who said, five years from now we could have 2,500 troops and that would be sustainable. And I think that's important for people to know and to understand,” Psaki said.

The press secretary said the conversation at the time was part of a risk assessment, but ultimately it is up to the President to make strategic decisions and Biden decided it was time to end America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan.

“These conversations are about a range of options, about what the, the risk assessments are about every decision. And of course, there are individuals who come forward with a range of recommendations on what the right path forward looks like. I'm not going to detail those from here, they're private conversations and advice to the President of the United States. Ultimately, regardless of the advice, it's his decision. He's the Commander in Chief,” Psaki said.
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