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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley (left) testifies alongside Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin and Marine Corps General Kenneth F. McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, before the House Armed Services Committee on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 29, 2021. (Olivier Douliery/Pool via Reuters)

Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley reportedly suggested that the State Department was culpable for the botched evacuation out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s rapid takeover and the Afghan government’s collapse.

In a confidential meeting, he said State Department officials “waited too long” to facilitate the airlift out of the Kabul airport, two sources directly familiar with the briefing told Axios. 

Milley’s private comments stand in stark contrast to his public testimony before Congress, in which he stated that the timeliness of the State Department’s order to commence evacuation is an “open question that needs further exploration.”

The past two days of hearings with Milley, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, have exposed the differences in opinion that were held by the State Department and the Pentagon surrounding the Afghanistan evacuation. It has also highlighted the reality that the nation’s top military advisors and President Biden were not always on the same page regarding the logistics and conditions of the withdrawal.

For instance on Tuesday, McKenzie testified before the Senate Armed Services committee that he initially recommended President Biden maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, contradicting the president’s assertion that the military unanimously supported total withdrawal.

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