‘Strategic failure’ – Top US general says America lost 20-year war in Afghanistan
Gen. Milley says US lost war through miscalculations spanning multiple administrations
WASHINGTON – US general, and Biden’s top military adviser said the Afghanistan war was lost, but mentioned that keeping forces in the war-torn country would not have led to a ‘different outcome’.
It was the first time that any US general has bluntly stated that the 20-year war ended in defeat. He made the statements during the House Armed Services Committee meeting as he along with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin were grilled about the decisions they made amid the chaotic evacuation effort in the Afghan capital.
Gen. Milley, who termed the war a strategic failure, didn’t hold troops individually responsible saying around 6,000 of them helped evacuate 124,000 people in the final weeks. He also added that the US ‘forever war’ was lost due to a number of factors spanning over 2 decades.
“It is clear, it is obvious to all of us, that the war in Afghanistan did not end on the terms we wanted, with the Taliban in power in Kabul”, however, mentioned that “It wasn't lost in the last 20 days or even 20 months”.
On Tuesday, Gen Milley and McKenzie told the Senate committee that they personally recommended Us President keep around 2,500 troops on the ground in Afghanistan. Gen Milley added that the US had been taken by surprise by the sudden Afghan government's collapse.
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