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RESIGN: 130 retired flag officers now calling for Gens. Mark Milley and Lloyd Austin to step down



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By Jenny Goldsberry

Following a “disastrous withdrawal” from Afghanistan, a growing number of Flag Officers have joined the effort to demand the resignations of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley and Defense Secretary General Lloyd Austin. Since the last report, 40 more flag officers have joined the original 90 in the letter demanding that Milley and Austin resign from their posts.

In less than two days, the number of those who signed Flag Officers for America’s letter for the resignation of Milley and Austin ballooned to 130.

The Flag Officers said their decision was based on Milley and Austin’s “key roles involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan” and including, “the hasty retreat has left an unknown number of Americans stranded in dangerous areas controlled by a brutal enemy along with Afghans who supported American forces.”

“As the principal military advisors to the Commander In Chief/President, the SECDEF and CJCS were the two top military officials in a position to recommend against the dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Milley described the “brutal” situation in Afghanistan Wednesday during his first address since the U.S. military departed Afghanistan Monday.

“My pain and anger comes from the same as the grieving families, the same as those soldiers that were on the ground,” Milley said. “There are no words that I or the secretary [of defense] or the president or anyone else will ever do to bring the dead back.”

But Austin on the other hand, focused on thanking partners who “support[ed] the Afghanistan evacuation effort.” In a tweet Wednesday, Austin said “their help to save and shelter Afghan civilians has been critical to the success of the mission.”

Along with all military forces, the U.S. evacuated over 123,000 people from Afghanistan.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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BREAKING: House fails to pass stopgap funding bill to avoid government shutdown



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The House of Representatives failed to pass a continuing resolution negotiated between conservative and moderate House Republicans in an effort to avoid a government shutdown.

The Spending Reduction and Border Security Act was introduced by Republican Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida on Sept. 18, following negotiations between the conservative House Freedom Caucus and centrist Main Street Caucus, as a compromise between divided factions of the House Republican Conference to achieve unanimity while avoiding a government shutdown. The bill failed the House by a vote of 198 yeas to 232 nays, with all Democrats voting against the bill.

The bill would fund the government until Oct. 31 and cut public spending by 8.1285%, according to the bill’s text. This would yield $1.59 trillion for one month until the House and Senate pass 12 appropriations bills to provide permanent funding for the 2024 fiscal year.

The Biden administration issued a statement on Friday staunchly opposing the bill, claiming that its cuts to public spending were too severe. It indicated that President Joe Biden will veto the bill if it is presented to him, which means it is unlikely to be passed by the Democratic-led Senate, either.

The Senate has been working on its own bipartisan continuing resolution to fund the government, which includes funding for Ukraine. House Republicans have criticized the bill, with Donalds saying that it is “dead on arrival” in the House.

Continue reading: Daily Caller 



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