Gen. Mark Milley said the US still needs to identify what led so many US- and NATO-trained Afghan troops to melt from the Taliban advance in August.
Gen. McKenzie said it was his view the withdrawal of US troops "would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces."
Both Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said that the Doha agreement with the Taliban hurt Afghan troop's morale.
Gen. Milley defended the principle of civilian control of the military after Sen. Tom Cotton asked the JCOS Chairman why he did not resign.
"I am not qualified to determine the mental health of the president of the United States," Milley said he told Pelosi in January.
Milley defended his calls with his Chinese counterpart during Trump's final months in office as a step to de-escalate tensions.
It takes courage to stand up to your president. But doing so after the administration ends is useless.
Trump exploded at Secretary Mark Esper and yelled "you took away my authority!" after Esper threw cold water on bringing in active-duty troops.
Milley was reportedly buoyant at Biden's inauguration because "Trump was out of the presidency and it looked like another peaceful transfer of power."
Defense Secretary Mark Esper reportedly said they'd been "duped," and Colin Powell called Trump "a fucking maniac" while urging Milley not to resign.
Bolton said he could "only imagine" the pressure Milley was under after Trump's 2020 election defeat, and praised the general as a "patriot."
"I have an eye for aesthetics," Trump said as he ruffled his famous shock of hair, according to Woodward and Costa's book. "Can't you tell?"
The White House downplayed reports about Milley and said that President Biden has "complete confidence" in the general.
President Joe Biden is not "looking for the guidance" from those Republicans to make decisions, Psaki said.
Milley sought to assure his Chinese counterpart that the US would not start a war with China following Trump's election defeat, a new book reports.
Gen. Mark Milley downplayed the insurrection but secretly believed Trump was still looking for a "Reichstag moment," according to a new book.
Fox reported that there were 15 people on Milley's call, including a State Dept. representative, and its details were shared with the intel community.