2 hr 39 min agoRep. Liz Cheney apologizes for Republicans who questioned Gen. Milley’s loyalty to US ConstitutionFrom CNN’s Ellie Kaufman and Core James
(Rod Lamkey/Pool/Getty Images)Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, apologized for members of the Republican party who have questioned Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday.
Cheney referenced the insurrection on the Capitol on Jan. 6, calling it an “effort to stop the constitutionally prescribed process of counting electoral votes.”
She said it was “the first time in our nation’s history that we did not have a peaceful transfer of power.”
“General Milley you found yourself in your constitutionally prescribed role, standing in the breach. And for any member of this committee for any American to question your loyalty to our nation to question your understanding of our Constitution, your loyalty to our Constitution, your recognition and understanding of the civilian chain of command is despicable,” Cheney said.“I want to apologize for those members of this committee,” she added.
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2 hr 28 min agoMilley says he was not consulted on Trump’s November order to withdraw all troops from AfghanistanFrom CNN’s Jennifer Hansler
Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told lawmakers Wednesday he was not consulted on President Trump’s Nov. 11 order to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan by mid-January.
“I wasn’t consulted on the 11 November order that I received,” Milley said, noting he went to the White House with Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller and Kash Patel “to discuss that order.”Asked if he had been consulted on the Trump administration’s decision “to open negotiations solely with the Taliban to the exclusion of the Afghan government,” Milley said he was told “very, very late in the game,” just days before the signing of the Doha Agreement.
Milley said he “dutifully executed” the drawdown plans outlined in that agreement.
He and the head of the US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie told the House Armed Services Committee that they developed plans for non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) but those plans did not initially account for large-scale evacuations of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders.
“We had a plan to bring out mainly American citizens and people associated with the embassy. Planning later began to encompass the larger population, the at-risk Afghan population, the SIV population. But initially, to like every other plan, it’s centered on American citizens and their families,” McKenzie said.
He said planning for evacuated the larger population began “no later than early spring of this year.”
3 hr 52 min agoTop military officials say they knew civilians were killed in US drone strike hours after it occurredFrom CNN’s Ellie Kaufman
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and the top general of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie all said they knew that civilians had been killed in a US drone strike in Kabul hours after the strike occurred and it was days later when they knew the strike was an error.
Since the strike, the US military acknowledged that the strike did not hit an ISIS target but targeted civilians, killing ten people, including seven children. The strike took place on Aug. 29 in Kabul.
McKenzie said they did not know the strike was an “error” until a few days later, but they did know civilians were killed a few hours after the strike.
“Well, so, we knew the strike hit civilians within four or five hours after the strike occurred. And US central command released a press release saying that. We did not know the target of the strike was an error, a mistake until some days later, but we knew pretty soon,” McKenzie said.
4 hr 7 min agoMilley says he doesn’t regret speaking to Woodward, says he has done his “best to remain” apoliticalFrom CNN’s Michael Conte
(Olivier Douliery/Pool/AP)Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said that he is “concerned” that Bob Woodward’s book may mischaracterize him as being willing to “become politicized,” a characterization he disputes.
“I have done my best to remain personally apolitical, and to try to keep the military out of actual domestic politics, and I made a point of that from the time I became the chairman and especially beginning last summer,” Milley said at a House Armed Services hearing on Afghanistan.Asked by GOP Rep. Jim Banks if he regretted speaking to Woodward, Milley said he did not.
“I think that it’s important for me to speak to the media,” he said. “I am trying to stay apolitical, and I believe I am.”
4 hr 24 min ago”Many” Taliban prisoners released under Doha agreement rejoined the Taliban, Secretary of Defense saysFrom CNN’s Jennifer Hansler
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin indicated that the Doha agreement allowed the Taliban to gain strength, telling House lawmakers that “many” Taliban prisoners, who were released by the Afghan government as a condition of the deal, went back to join the ranks of the militant group.
��As a part of that agreement, we agreed to cease conducting air operations against the Taliban. So the Taliban got stronger. They increased their offensive operations against the Afghan security for
Cheney apologizes for Republicans who questioned general’s loyalty to Constitution
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