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By Waiting to Evacuate US Citizens, Afghan Allies Made a Huge Mistake

During part of an interview with ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz that will air on Sunday’s edition of “This Week,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, said he agreed with former CENTCOM commander Gen. Frank McKenzie. (Ret.) that it was a grave mistake not to evacuate U.S. citizens and at-risk Afghans sooner.

Raddatz asked, “The general. McKenzie said it was a big mistake not to begin evacuating our embassy staff, American citizens and at-risk Afghans sooner. Are you OK with that?”

Milley replied: “Yeah, I’m OK with that, of course.”

Raddatz then asked, “So it was a mistake in the takedown?”

Milley responded: “I think looking back, I think some decisions about moving the embassy and the State Department could have been made a little bit earlier, for sure. »

In another part of the interview, Milley said that “getting 124,000 people out is an incredible logistical feat, it’s true. And that goes beyond the one who came from Vietnam during Operation Whirlwind, and those people are free today because of the courage and bravery of everyone who was on the ground at the airport.

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