This week alone, the number demanding resignations jumped from 90 to 130. They detailed their plea in an open letter published by Flag Officers 4 America, which argues that the principal military advisors should have “recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms.”
“If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign,” the letter states, asserting they should have resigned “in protest” if they did, in fact, “do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America.”
The letter continued:
The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time. The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions. The loss of billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies is catastrophic. The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable. We are now seen, and will be seen for many years, as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.
Moreover, now our adversaries are emboldened to move against America due to the weakness displayed in Afghanistan. China benefits the most followed by Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and others. Terrorists around the world are emboldened and able to pass freely into our country through our open border with Mexico.
Besides these military operational reasons for resignations, there are leadership, training, and morale reasons for resignations. In interviews, congressional testimony, and public statements it has become clear that top leaders in our military are placing mandatory emphasis on PC “wokeness” related training which is extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and war fighting capability. Our military exists to fight and win our Nation’s wars and that must be the sole focus of our top military leaders.
“For these reasons we call on the SECDEF Austin and the CJCS General Milley to resign,” the letter added, citing the military’s fundamental principle of “holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their actions or inactions.”
“There must be accountability at all levels for this tragic and avoidable debacle,” the letter concluded.
Similarly, several high-profile politicians have called for mass resignations. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), for example, called for the resignations or impeachment and removal of President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as well as Austin, and Milley:
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin and General Milley should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) August 26, 2021
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has also joined a number of elected Republicans in calling for Biden’s resignation, specifically:
Calling on the leader of the free world to resign his office immediately weighs heavy on my heart, but this must happen to restore American’s safety both at home & abroad, our honor, & faith in the Chief Executive to faithfully execute the duties of the Presidency.
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— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) August 23, 2021
A Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday found a majority of American voters expressing the belief that Biden should resign over his administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.