Joint Chiefs chair sparks backlash after stating U.S. has 'achieved a modicum of success' in Afghanistan
Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley said during a Brookings Institution event Wednesday that after nearly 20 years in Afghanistan, the US has had "a minimum of success" with its military operations in the country. That is true, he argued, despite a current "state of strategic stalemate" and the inability to defeat the Taliban militarily.
The comments that come when the military tries to carry out President Trump's partial troop withdrawal order sparked a backlash, with critics - some more explicitly - pointing out that a "minimum" is a pretty paltry amount of success to get for such a high cost to earn
Others added that Milley's analysis of the situation, while interpreted as defeatist, still downplayed the realities on the ground over the past two decades.
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