As Biden administration officials and leaders face a growing backlash over the chaotic withdrawal in Afghanistan, and the subsequent stranding of Americans and Afghan allies in the Taliban-controlled country, more retired military leaders are calling for resignations from Generals Mark Milley and Lloyd Austin.
A letter was released on Thursday by the Flag Officers 4 America calling for the Biden administration military officials' resignations, with 130 retired US military generals and admirals signing.
"The retired Flag Officers signing this letter are calling for the resignation and retirement of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) based on negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan," the letter begins.
The letter estimates that around 15,000 Americans and around 25,000 Afghan allies have been stranded in Afghanistan, despite the Pentagon stating that they don't know for sure how many are left in the country.
The letter argues that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley and Secretary of Defense Austin should resign if they did not do everything within their power to advise President Joe Biden against the "dangerous withdrawal," or that if they had done everything, they should resign in protest.
"The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time," the letter states.
"The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions. The loss of billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies is catastrophic," the letter continues.
The letter states that the damage caused to the United States' reputation is "indescribable."
"We are now seen, and will be seen for many years, as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged," the letter reads.
"Moreover, now our adversaries are emboldened to move against America due to the weakness displayed in Afghanistan. China benefits the most followed by Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and others. Terrorists around the world are emboldened and able to pass freely into our country through our open border with Mexico," the letter continues.
The retired generals and admirals also slammed the US military for its new emphasis on "PC 'wokeness,'" which they argue is "extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and war fighting capability."
Earlier this week, a similar call for resignations was released by the Flag Officers 4 America, with nearly 90 retired generals and admirals signing that letter. The list has grown by 40 in under a week, highlighting the growing disapproval Americans have of the Biden administration's handling of the situation.