LIVE: General Milley and Sec Def Austin answering on botched Afghanistan withdrawal

UPDATES:

First, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) asked Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley exactly when President Biden consulted with him over Afghanistan. Milley admitted that he was not solicited to advise Biden until August 25th. Meanwhile, all troops evacuated by August 30th.

“If all this is true,” Cotton said. “Why haven’t you resigned?”

“It would be an incredible act of political defiance for a commissioned officer to just resign because my advice is not taken,” Milley responded. “This country doesn’t want generals figuring out what orders we are going to accept and do or not. That’s not our job.” 

In addition, he gave a more personal response. “My dad didn’t get a choice to resign at Iwo Jima, and those kids at Abbey Gate don’t get a choice to resign,” Milley said.