…from Defense One…..
The Army’s chief of staff wants a review of the decisions that led to the fall of Kabul and the U.S. military’s withdrawal.
The last few weeks have been “heartbreaking” for soldiers who fought there, including members of his own family, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said during the Defense One State of Defense event, his first extensive public comments since the war’s end. “Let the cards fall where they fall.”
But the general also stressed that the Army and Americans concerned about “forever wars” should be prepared for “infinite competition” against terrorism and nation-states, and that leaders should reconsider what happens when American forces who have trained and supported foreign armies are pulled out.
“The capacity was there,” McConville said of the Afghan armed forces who eventually gave up, and so was the equipment. But, he continued, “did they have the will to fight” after 20 years?
“I think that’s a lesson to be learned,” he said. “The thing I’ve also learned in my time, my time in Afghanistan, is—with many of our allies and partners, when American troops are on the ground with them, they will fight. And, you know what happens after we’re gone? We have to take a look at it.”
President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. forces, the collapse of Afghanistan’s government, and the disintegration of Afghan armed forces that Americans had spent billions to train and equip have sparked worldwide criticism and commentary about the worth of the entire war. As Taliban leaders in Kabul begin to establish a government of once-wanted terrorists that Americans were fighting just weeks ago, McConville said he hopes U.S. soldiers remain “proud” of their service…..
This COULD be a Pandora’s box thing ….
We’ll see if it actually gets done ….
Such a report gets politically derailed…..