Lawmakers clash with Pentagon leaders over Afghanistan
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley will appear before the House and Senate Armed Services this week to answer what are expected to be conflicting questions over the US military exit from Afghanistan. .
The high-profile hearings – before Senators on Tuesday and House lawmakers on Wednesday – are the first appearances of the two top Pentagon leaders on Capitol Hill since the military mission in Afghanistan ended on August 31.
Lawmakers have had a series of closed-door briefings on the subject in recent weeks, but also expressed frustration at the lack of public information from Defense Ministry officials about the missteps in the process. evacuation and work in progress to remove allies left behind.
Milley is also expected to be asked about revelations from reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in the new book “Peril” which suggest the Joint Chiefs Chairman worked against former President Donald Trump during his last days in office.
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