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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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Crime has been spiking at an aberrant rate, hitting the highest murder rate in 25 years. Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis are among the large liberal cities shattering records for 2021 murder reports.
Data analyst Jeff Asher examined FBI data, reported by the New York Times, which shows the 2021 murder rate was estimated to be 6.9 murders per 100,000 people. That is a mere .5 percent lower than the 1997 murder rate of 7.4
Rising crime rates have prompted policy makers to focus on the increasing mental health and homeless crises sweeping the nation. Some say that is not helpful for a full and comprehensive approach.
Former New York Police Department Commissioner Howard Safir said there is more to be looked at such as “cancel culture and wok mentality that assumes the police are racist and brutal.”
Not only that, liberal policy makers have been incredibly soft on crime, as well as unsupportive of law enforcement. “If crimes continue to be committed in large numbers, and police continue not to have the backing of politicians and the public, then they’re not going to do their job the way they did when I was commissioner” Safir told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
The murder of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer in broad daylight as she worked at a luxury furniture store in Los Angeles last week points to a huge failure in our justice system. The young UCLA student was knifed to death by a homeless man, Shawn Laval Smith, who not only has a lengthy rap sheet from across the country, but “was currently free on a $1,000 bond from a misdemeanor arrest in Los Angeles County in October, 2020, sheriff’s records show” reports the Daily mail.
Smith has also been arrested and charged with violent crimes in at least three states. He was also free on a $50,000 bond from Charleston, South Carolina, after allegedly firing a weapon toward an occupied vehicle in 2019.
Murders in Los Angeles last year reached 397, the highest it’s been in 15 years. The NYPD reported its highest number of murders in ten years, with 488.
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