[December 28, 2021] The image of U.S. Army Gen. Chris Donahue departing Afghanistan will forever connect his actions to America’s ignominious retreat from Afghanistan. Major Gen. Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, stepped aboard a C-17 transport and left Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 30, 2021.
History will not be kind to those in senior leadership positions that made or supported the decision to make a sudden, unannounced retreat. Losing a war by giving up when you have the best military in the world is tantamount to treason perpetuated on an innocent public.
Betrayal is the first word that comes to my mind; betrayal to the people of America, citizens of Afghanistan, to our Allies, and the world. Some folks will argue the point, but only the dumbest will do so because it is hard to ignore reality.
If you see evil and do nothing about it, you are part of the problem.
I write this article at the end of December to go on record, again, that I strongly oppose the way President Joe Biden retreated from Afghanistan. Of course, I have no say, but I do have the obligation to remind people that an evil was done here and those associated with this evil had better be part of the solution or are in league with it.
President Joe Biden, Gen. Mark Milley, SecDef Lloyd Austin, and those directly in decision-making should forever be tied to America’s failure and the rise of the Taliban. They have directly supported arming and encouraging more evil than they know about. I believe, frankly, these men don’t care.
What should they have done if they disagreed with President Biden? They should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms. If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the retreat, they should throw their stars on the President’s desk and resign.1
Alas, failure to resign will enhance their careers but at the cost of failing to do something about evil. And, that is what our problem is today with senior military officers and why the American public no longer trusts the U.S. military.2,3
- Remember Vietnam and our retreat from that war. The loss of trust and confidence in our military took decades to overcome. https://www.theleadermaker.com/u-s-retreating-from-afghanistan-redux/
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