Psaki REFUSES to say whether Biden ignored and lied about Pentagon advice to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and instead says he was given a ‘range of options’
She said the president was presented with a ‘range of options,’ but ‘ultimately, regardless of the advice, it’s his decision.’
‘He’s the commander in chief. He’s the president. He makes decisions about that what’s in the national interest, and he believed we should end the war.’
Both Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mark Milley and head of US Central Command Frank McKenzie said that they had voiced an opinion to keep a small number of troops in Afghanistan to stave off 탈레반 제어.
Psaki had tried to defend the president against the admissions even before her daily briefing.
‘As @POTUS told ABC, ending the war in Afghanistan was in our national interest. He said advice was split, but consensus of top military advisors was 2500 troops staying meant escalation due to deal by the previous admin., the Chairman, and GEN McKenzie all reiterated,’ she wrote on Twitter.
Pressed on what she meant by ‘split’ during the news briefing, Psaki said: ‘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.’
White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say whether any military official advised President Biden that some 2,500 troops should be left in Afghanistan in a briefing Tuesday
Both Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mark Milley and head of US Central Command Frank McKenzie said that they had voiced an opinion to keep a small number of troops in Afghanistan to stave off Taliban control
McKenzie said he recommended 2,500 troops remain in Afghanistan. He said he’s confident Biden heard his advice, after the president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he couldn’t recall anyone advising him to leave troops in the country.
‘I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan …. I also have a view that the withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces, and eventually the Afghan government.’
‘I was present when that discussion occurred and I’m confident that the president heard all the recommendations and listened to them very thoughtfully.’
‘I stated consistently that my position was, if you go below 2500 you’re going to look at a collapse of the Afghan military,’ he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
‘I did not foresee it to be days … I thought it would take months.’
Milley said that his ‘assessment was, back in the fall of , and remained consistent throughout, that we should keep a steady state of 2,500 [군대], and it could bounce up to, ...에 3,500 maybe, something like that, in order to move to a negotiated gated solution.’
‘My analysis was that an accelerated withdrawal without meeting specific and necessary conditions risks losing the substantial gains made in Afghanistan, damaging U.S. worldwide credibility and could precipitate a general collapse of the Afghan government, resulting in a complete Taliban takeover or general civil war,’ 밀리가 말했다.
‘That was a year ago, my assessment remained consistent throughout.’
He declined to say exactly what he told the president.
약간 3500 우리. troops were in the country when President Biden was inaugurated.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley said: ‘Here’s what I’ve learned so far: 첫번째, the president of the United States lied to the American people about the advice that you gave to him, about the military judgement that you provided for him.
‘I think you’ve all testified to that effect now repeatedly.’
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pressed the president on reports his top commanders had warned him against a full withdrawal during a sit down with the president on Aug. 19, four days after Kabul fell to the Taliban.
'당신의 최고 군사 고문들은 이 일정에 철수하지 말라고 경고했습니다. 2,500 군대,’ 스테파노풀로스는 바이든에게 말했다.
'아니, 그들은하지 않았다,’ 대통령은 뒤로 물러났다.. '분할됐다.. 그건 사실이 아니었어. 그것은 사실이 아니었다.’
'아니, 그들은하지 않았다,’ 대통령은 뒤로 물러났다.. '분할됐다.. 그건 사실이 아니었어. 그것은 사실이 아니었다.’
'그들은 당신에게 군대가 머물기를 원한다고 말하지 않았습니다.?’ 스테파노풀로스가 물었다.
'아니, 우리가 일정 시간 안에 나갈 것인지 여부가 아니라 모든 군대, 그들은 그것에 대해 논쟁하지 않았다,’ 바이든은 반복했다.
Republicans accused President Biden of lying to the American people after senators heard on Tuesday that the commander-in-chief was told his senior generals believed 2500 우리. troops should stay in Afghanistan to prevent a Taliban takeover.
이것의. Tom Cotton brought up the interview during the hearing, asking Austin whether Biden was telling the truth when he said that no senior military adviser told him to leave a small military presence.
After saying that Biden was an ‘honest and forthright man’, 그는 인정했다: ‘Their input was received by the president and considered by the president, for sure.
‘In terms of what they specifically recommended senator, as they just said, they’re not going to provide what they recommended in confidence.’
But Austin said he believed leaving those last 2,500 would have led to a fight with the Taliban that would lead to a greater surge in troops.
‘If you stayed there at a posture of 2,500 certainly you’d be in a fight with the Taliban and you’d have to reinforce yourself.’
그 동안에, Biden has repeatedly declared that the degradation of Al Qaeda meant the original mission of U.S. troops in Afghanistan had been completed.
But senators were told that the Taliban remained a terrorist organization and had never broken its ties with Al Qaeda.
‘I have no illusions who we are dealing with,’ said Milley during his opening statement.
‘It remains to be seen whether or not the Taliban can consolidate power or if the country will further fracture into civil war. But we must continue to protect the United States of America and it people from terrorist attacks coming from Afghanistan.
‘We must remember that the Taliban was and remains a terrorist organization and they still have not broken ties with Al-Qaeda,’ Milley told lawmakers.
‘A reconstituted Al-Qaeda or IS with aspirations to attack the United States is a very real possibility,’ 그는 말했다, adding that opportunities for attack ‘could present themselves in the next 12-36 months.’
Asked if President Biden was being truthful when he said that al-Qaeda was no longer in Afghanistan, both Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that al-Qaeda has been and continues to be in Afghanistan, in a diminished state.
While President Biden’s reasoning for the hasty withdrawal has often been a Trump-era peace deal with the Taliban, Milley said that the Islamist group had not even been holding up their end of the deal.
Asked by Sen. Tom Cotton why he didn’t resign in protest of the withdrawal, Milley replied that such an act of ‘political defiance’ is a ‘serious thing,’ as he said that ‘My job is to provide advice … the president doesn’t have to agree with that advice.’
‘My advice is, don’t put specific dates’ on withdrawals, 밀리가 말했다, noting that two presidents had made the devastating mistake. ‘Make things conditions-based.’
President Biden set a deadline of August 31 for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, extending Trump’s former May deadline.
The announcement triggered a whirlwind advance by the Taliban who claimed the capital Kabul on August 14, and a terrorist attack shortly thereafter took the lives of 180 사람들, 포함 13 US service members.
The two senior commanders also said the Doha agreement – signed under President Trump after negotiations with the Taliban in the Qatari capital – had a negative impact on the morale and performance of the Afghan security forces.
It essentially set a deadline for the U.S. withdrawal in return for the Taliban agreeing not to attack American forces.
As senators probed whether the Biden administration should have had a clearer idea of the fragile nature of the Afghan military, McKenzie and Milley pointed to the agreement and its damaging fallout.
McKenzie said: ‘It’s my judgement that the Doha agreement did negatively affect the performance of the Afghan forces, in particular by some of the actions the government of Afghanistan was required to take as part of that agreement.’
The deal required Kabul to release 5000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1000 Afghan government troops, as well as starting the withdrawal of thousands of American contractors who had supported local forces.
Milley added that in his assessment the Doha deal ‘did affect the morale of the Afghan security forces.’