Gen. Milley to testify for second day about Afghan withdrawal

By Emily Crane | New York Post

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is set to be grilled by lawmakers for a second day when he testifies Wednesday about the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Gen. Mark Milley is scheduled to appear before the House Armed Services Committee at 9:30 a.m. to review the 20-year Afghanistan war and the botched withdrawal that ultimately led to the deaths of 13 US service members.

He will testify alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of Central Command who oversaw U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

It comes just one day after Milley, the top U.S. military officer, acknowledged during a tense, six-hour Senate hearing that President Biden had been advised to leave at least 2,500 troops behind to prevent the Taliban from a rapid takeover of Afghanistan — advice he ignored.

Republicans on the committee pointed to Milley’s testimony as evidence Biden had lied in an ABC interview last month when he denied that military advisors wanted troops to remain, telling George Stephanopoulos, “No one said that to me that I can recall.”

“Your top military advisors warned against withdrawing on this timeline,” Stephanopoulos said to Biden on Aug. 18. “They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops.”

“No they didn’t,” Biden shot back. “It was split. Tha — that wasn’t true. That wasn’t true.”

“They didn’t tell you that they wanted troops to stay?” Stephanopoulos pressed.

The president denied again, saying, “Not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a timeframe all troops. They didn’t argue against that.”

The “Good Morning America” co-host pushed Biden further, asking one more time if any of his military advisors told them the US should keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.

“No,” Biden said. “No one said that to me that I can recall.

The contradiction was brought up and slammed throughout the hearing, with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) accusing Biden of lying to the American people.

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