Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) relentlessly grilled General Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during a hearing on President Biden’s catastrophic and bloody withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“February 26, 2020, House Armed Services Committee, General Mark Milley. ‘We know we’re not going to defeat the Taliban militarily and they’re not going to defeat the government of Afghanistan militarily.’ You really blew that call didn’t you general?” Gaetz explosively began.
“You spent more time with Bob Woodward on this book than you spent analyzing the very likely prospect that the Afghanistan government was going to fall immediately to the Taliban, didn’t you?” he bluntly said to the general. Milley denied the assertion.
“Oh really? Cause you said right after Kabul fell that no one could have anticipated the immediate fall of the Ghani government. When did you become aware that Joe Biden tried to get Ghani to lie about the conditions in Afghanistan? He did that in July. Did you know about that right away?” he asked Milley. Again, Milley waffled and denied.
(Video Credit: The Hill)
Then Gaetz turned to Austin and asked him if was capable of assessing if someone has the will to fight. Austin answered that he couldn’t and Gaetz said that was extremely disappointing in a military sense. He pointed out their failures in both Afghanistan and Syria and brought Austin’s leadership into question as well.
“It seems like you are chronically bad at this,” Gaetz told Austin. “When people in the military like Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller stand up and demand accountability… when they say you all screwed up and they point out that General Milley’s statement, ‘The government of Afghanistan is not going to get defeated by the Taliban,’ he ends up in the brig and you all end up in front of us and your former employer Raytheon ends up with a lot of money and we have poured cash and blood and credibility into a Ghani government that was a mirage,” he railed.
“It fell immediately. While the guy sitting next to you was off talking to Phil Rucker and was off doing his thing with Bob Woodward, we were buying into the big lie… the big lie that this was ever going to be successful and we could ever rely on the Afghanistan government for anything at all,” Gaetz commented. He also stated that Milley had undermined the chain of command
“You said yesterday that you weren’t going to resign when senators asked you this question. I believe that you guys probably won’t resign. You seem to be very happy failing up over there. But if we didn’t have a President that was so addled, you all would be fired. Because that is what you deserve. You’ve let down people who wear the uniform in my district and all around the country, and you are far more interested in what your perception is and how people think about you in insider Washington books than you care about winning,” he said accusing Milley.
Gaetz’s time expired after he epically called Milley and Austin out for incompetence.
Then Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) began her allotted time by saying, “I apologize for the behavior of my colleague.”
Gaetz was applauded on social media for calling Milley and Austin out:
I saw this live but I really want to put it on eternal repeat! Also, our wonderfully savage @MarshaBlackburn of the great state of TN! They both need to conduct the entire hearings! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Karen Grant (@KarenGr97484043) September 29, 2021
Gadaaaaim moping the floor with them @RepMattGaetz 🤣👍
— Bodo (@Bodo23208043) September 29, 2021
Spot on ! I wish the question of why that marine that questioned The incompetence of the Afghanistan withdrawal is in the brig .
— The Original Total Package (@Koran5David) September 29, 2021
That is how we keep people in the Military from running amuck. The Military is not a Social experiment. Unfortunately, this General thinks it is. If he spent more time playing General instead of Politically Correct issues like CRT he would not be sitting in front of Congress!
— Ray Langella (@ray_langella) September 29, 2021
That’s was awesome, great job 👏
— iceman24 (@cpitt2025) September 29, 2021
— Pamela Swanson (@PamelaSwanson17) September 29, 2021
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