Milley says calls to China were meant to ‘ease’ tension
Senate hearing begins with Milley and Austin
At the Senate hearing, Gen Mark Milley, together with the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, and the head of the US central command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, will face severe questioning from both sides during the chaotic final days of the 20 years United States Military presence in Afghanistan, and asked why many Afghans who had received special immigrant visas or had pending visa applications stayed behind to fend for themselves after Kabul fell to the Taliban.
McKenzie will also have to answer questions about a Drone strike on August 29 It was intended to attack an Islamic State car bomb, but instead killed 10 members of a family, seven of them children.
Milley will be asked why he deemed it a “fair hit” before all the evidence was available, and the three men will have to answer concerns that such deadly mistakes could become more concerning as the US recurs. to a focus beyond the horizon. to counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan in the future, conducting long-distance bombing sorties with little or no human intelligence on the ground to guide attacks.
The top US general will appear before Congress on Tuesday in what is expected to be the most heated questioning of a senior. United States Military official in more than a decade.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark milley, you can expect hostile questioning from Republicans in the Senate armed services committee after the accounts in a recent book who performed acts of insubordination to avoid Donald trump starting a war as a distraction from his electoral defeat last year.
In the book Danger, Washington Post journalists Bob woodward and Robert Costa He reported that Milley called his Chinese counterpart twice to assure him that the United States would not carry out a surprise attack and that the American general would alert Beijing if the president tried to order one.
Milley will face senior Republican senators who have been calling for his resignation since the book was published this month.
Some DemocratsWhile generally grateful that Milley stepped in to rule out a potentially catastrophic military diversion ordered by a volatile and defeated president, they are also concerned about the precedent it sets for the future balance of power between elected civilian leaders and American generals and admirals.