‘These women are braver than General Mark Milley ever was’: Gorka shares protest by women in Kabul

Sebastian Gorka, who was former President Donald Trump’s “deputy assistant for strategy,” shared a video online Tuesday while taking a hard jab at Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In the footage, Afghanistan women are seen marching in the streets of Kabul against Taliban restrictions while advocating for women’s rights.

“These women are braver than “General” Mark Milley ever was,” Gorka added in the tweet.

To call these women “brave” is pretty much an understatement, as the consequences to their actions could include death — as it was, Taliban fighters violently suppressed the protest by beating a number of women, according to Human Rights Watch.

 

On Tuesday, the Taliban announced the formation of a hardline government for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and declared that women would not be allowed to hold senior positions in the new government.

“We decided to protest to demand our basic rights: the right to education, to work, and political participation,” said a young Kabul woman, according to HRW. “We want the Taliban to know that they cannot eliminate us from society.”

“The Taliban have told women that they have no place in the new order,” said another protester. “We told them that we want to continue working, but they say only female nurses and teachers are allowed to work. We are engineers and lawyers and we want to work in our professions, but they say we cannot and should stay at home instead.”

As HRW reported, Taliban security forces “reacted violently to these protests. In Kabul they stopped the women and beat at least 10 of them.”

While the left in America frequently talks about “fighting” for rights they claim are being denied, and being willing to take whatever risks necessary to be heard, the rhetoric pales in comparison to the very real dangers women in Afghanistan face for speaking out.

Reuters shared video of the Taliban firing their weapons into the air to disperse the protesters.

As for Milley, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and the principal military advisor to the president, many point to him for the debacle in Afghanistan, where 13 U.S. servicemembers lost their lives — including 11 U.S. Marines — and hundreds of Americans were left behind, as was more than $85 billion of military equipment and weapons.

While President Biden made the ultimate call, a Marine infantry officer and battalion commander, who resigned in a video posted online after being relieved of his command for calling for accountability from top brass, said it best.

“People are upset because their senior leaders let them down and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘we messed this up,’” said Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who has since been discharged.

“I’m not saying we’ve got to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did any of you throw your rank on the table and say ‘hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone,’” Scheller said in the Aug. 26 video.

Yet, Milley has had time to read the works of authoritarian anti-capitalists including Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Zedong, as he informed Congress back in June while testifying. He also seemingly embraced critical race theory and commented on “white rage” while talking about the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

“First of all, on the issue of critical race theory…I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read,” Milley said. “I wanna understand white rage. And I’m white. And I wanna understand it.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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