Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) took Pentagon leaders to task over the botched Afghanistan withdrawal during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday.
He blasted Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley for speaking to journalist Bob Woodward for his book Peril: “You spent more time with Bob Woodward on this book than you spent analyzing the very likely prospect that the Afghan government was going to fall immediately to the Taliban.”
He also blasted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the withdrawal, noting that he oversaw the Pentagon program in 2015 meant to train a force of Syrian rebels that produced only four or five fighters.
“It just seems that you’re chronically bad at this,” Gaetz told Austin.
He noted that Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller sits in a military jail for questioning military leadership for the botched withdrawal:
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