Dereliction of Duty
By Kathy Platoni, PsyD, DAAPM, FAIS, COL (Ret), US Army
*This is an article from the Fall 2021 issue of Combat Stress
God have mercy on the United States. The abrupt withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan had disaster written all over it, precipitating a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions, rivaling its twin on the southern border. Add to this the gross negligence of an immense intelligence failure as the classified information concerning troop withdrawal was revealed by megaphone to the entire world, precipitating the catastrophic fall of the Afghan government in little more than days and giving rise to the advance of the ruthless Taliban as a superpower. This has colossal defeat written all over it, launching a new rule of government that operates by systematic house to house executions as revenge killings, the mass slaughter of innocents, sexual enslavement, human rights violations, and tidal waves of refugees across the globe who may very well be delivering an entirely new and equally lethal brand of terrorism to American soil. The most fortunate will be those who do not survive unimaginable means of torture.1 The recent video of a US sympathizer flying by his neck on the rails of a Blackhawk helicopter, is only the beginning. Rest in peace, “I will never leave a fallen comrade.” This has been rendered meaningless.2
We are now sitting ducks for the Taliban, as we gifted them an entire army and a complete air force. Our weapons, aircraft, vehicles, and war machines are now in their hands, all $86 billion worth, as we handed over the keys of three major airfields in Afghanistan to the enemy. What is to come will be incomprehensible. Is this part of the grand plan of the left to dismantle the United States, and the White House’s contempt for the Constitution and our basic liberties, that have just sold our souls to the enemy with a rabid attack by the deep state? We are treated to a daily dose of White House whoppers, which are piling up as our stability as a nation continues to erode. Dire warnings were ignored for months, as the Taliban began their advance across Afghanistan. It should also be mentioned that once released from the detention camps during the Obama years from Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 732 detainees were free to reconstitute as one of the most lethal terrorist forces in the Middle East, back to where they began 20 years ago and fueled with the promise of vengeance. (I was stationed at JTF-GTMO from 2003-2004. There were approximately 775 detainees at Camp America at that time.) We should have expected nothing less. The current American president has brought shame and dishonor to every single Service Member who has donned the uniform and served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, every family who has lost loved ones in time of war, and every warrior who has sustained the wounds of war. There simply is no prosthesis for amputated spirits of this magnitude. This is the very lowest point in US history, as in our weakened and vulnerable state, we have been disgraced on the world stage as the laughingstock at the hands of a demented and incompetent president who has committed NO LESS than treason. His ineptitude and botched troop withdrawal has already cost 13 innocent lives. Biden’s body bags will multiply by geometric progression.3 He has failed the American people as no other president preceding him. The hasty withdrawal of American forces has created a vacuum that has the potential to bring an end to life as we know it. At the hands of the Biden administration, we have effectively surrendered to the Taliban. His bungled plan of action has put the entire country at very great risk for far worse than what 9/11 brought 20 years ago, overshadowing this nation with a litany of dark days to come. He allowed the entire Afghan Army to collapse and closed down the Bagram Air Base, which he was advised absolutely not to do by military authorities. Two more airbases followed as American troops were forced to desert and abandon them, as if the War in Afghanistan never really happened. It’s time to lay out the welcome mat for them once again.
Add to this the treasonous acts of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Shame, General Mark Milley, who would sell his soul to the devil to maintain his position as the highest ranking military officer in these entire United States for the purpose of self-interest and self-advancement. “This pursuit of partisan politics….are a violation of an officer’s sacred duty and have no place in the United States military.”4 In a disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination, General Milley conducted secret communications with the Chinese government, promising to provide them advance warning if President Trump ordered an attack on their communist regime believing that Trump was in a state of cognitive deterioration.5 Unfortunately, he named the wrong president, whose cognitive abilities have repeatedly demonstrated his gross incompetence and negligence of the office to which he has been entrusted. Once found out, the despotic Milley should have resigned immediately. Regardless, he should be tried for treason for acting behind the back of an American president to offer the promise of notification of an attack on our most powerful enemy; this in order to save this country from Donald Trump….and his self-appropriated status as chief negotiator, while attempting to seize power from the White House. Isn’t this what insurrection looks like?
During General Milley’s testimony before Congress on 28 September 2021, this turncoat had the audacity to blame the president for refusing the advice of the Joint Chiefs under oath. US Central Command’s General McKenzie seconded this, and the fact is that both recommended leaving 2,500 sustainment forces in place. There will be no repercussions for these Pentagon perjurers, who would stop at nothing to preserve and promote their careers. The president, of course, denied that he was ever provided this information. In other words, zip accountability rules. No one will ever pay for the incalculable damages done to national security or to the lives so unnecessarily lost. Somebody needs to tear all those ill-gotten medals off the uniforms of these traitors and to demand their immediate resignations, not to exclude Secretary of Defense Austin. The catastrophic failure of the withdrawal from Afghanistan has left Americans stranded behind enemy lines who are desperately trying to get out before it’s too late. It may already be just that (https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/afghanistan-withdrawal-milley-austin).6
And here is the worst of it. As a survivor of the November 2009 Fort Hood Massacre, this is one of the most egregious outcome of the Biden administration’s global failure. The shooter took another day on the world’s stage to proclaim that his Taliban brothers had won, singing high praises to the All-Mighty Allah and congratulating them on their victory over those who despise supreme Shariah law.7 Live from his cell on death row, he directed his attorney to forward his handwritten letter to the Taliban leadership, electrified that the Biden administration is now willing to negotiate with them. We should live in fear that this could really happen at the hands of a tyrannical and incompetent presidency.
How much time do we have left? Is it time to fly the American flag upside down as a national distress call? The Biden administration is well on its way to issuing a death warrant to the United States.
- Brands, H. (2021, August 13). Retrieved from AEI. (2021, August 13). Retrieved from https://www.aei.org/op-eds/bidens-afghan-withdrawal-achieved-nothing-but-disaster/?gclid=CjwKCAjw-sqKBhBjEiwAVaQ9a8ar8WTTq4saWp2GVBTklLPom0d8K963HaSJ9CM8xk7sCyR__DchzBoCWhMQAvD_BwE.
- Admin.(2017, August 29). What does this mean to us as leaders: Leave no man or woman behind? www.exkalibur.com. Retrieved September 29, 2021, from https://www.exkalibur.com/leave-no-man-behind/.
- Creitz, C. (2021, August 27). Ingraham: Afghan CRISIS results in ‘Biden’s body Bags’ AS ‘band of incompetents’ affects real lives. Fox News. Retrieved September 29, 2021, from https://www.foxnews.com/media/ingraham-afghan-crisis-bidens-body-bags.
- Singman, B. (2021, September 15). Trump acting Defense Secretary Miller says he ‘did NOT’ authorize MILLEY China CALLS, says he should resign. Fox News. Retrieved September 15, 2021, from https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-acting-defense-sec-miller-says-he-did-not-authorize-milley-china-calls-says-he-should-resign.
- Fox News Network. (2021, September 28). Afghanistan withdrawal: Milley, Austin testify in front of Congress on decision: Live updates. Fox News. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/afghanistan-withdrawal-milley-austin.
- O’Neil, T. (2021, September 9). Fort Hood shooter congratulates Taliban from Death Row. Fox News. Retrieved September 9, 2021, from https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fort-hood-shooter-congratulates-taliban-from-death-row.