The war in Afghanistan is over but military leaders are still trying to hide their failures, by Jeff Shogol

The buck stops nowhere in the modern military. It’s easier to find a 12-leaf clover than leaders who will step up and take some responsibility for the Afghanistan fiasco. From Jeff Shogol at

No more excuses.

Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, US top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, gestures during an official handover ceremony at the Resolute Support headquarters in the Green Zone in Kabul on July 12, 2021. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images).

ith the Taliban in total control of Afghanistan, Americans deserve to know how the Afghan security forces collapsed in little more than a week despite a nearly 20-year and $88 billion effort by the U.S. military to train, equip, and mentor Afghan troops and police.

Army Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the last commander of all U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan, could provide lawmakers with some of the answers when he testifies next week before Congress – but the broader American public won’t hear any of that. The hearing will be behind closed doors.

This enforced secrecy has become the norm for Miller and other military leaders, who made it nearly impossible to get basic information about the state of the war in Afghanistan for at least the past three presidential administrations.

The war in Afghanistan is over but military leaders are still trying to hide their failures
Army Gen. Scott Miller, the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, waves upon his return on July 14, 2021 at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Miller stepped down on July 12, 2021 and transferred command duties to Gen. Kenneth McKenzie as the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan continues. (Photo by Alex Brandon – Pool/Getty Images)

Miller never briefed the Pentagon press corps while he served as the top commander in Afghanistan from September 2018 until this July. While he spoke to Afghan media often, it was rare for him to engage with American or western reporters.

After this story was first published, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Task & Purpose that the Senate Armed Services Committee had requested that Miller’s hearing be held in a closed session.

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