Did you know? The Patriot Post is funded 100% by its readers. Help us stay front and center in the fight for Liberty and support the 2024 Independence Day Campaign.

August 26, 2021

Shameful Presidential Dereliction of Duty

SecDef Austin and CJCS Milley must resign.

How is it possible, even conceivable, that our nation’s president and commander-in-chief could cave to the Taliban and order the removal of all U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan, while leaving American citizens and our Afghan partners at the mercy of the barbaric Taliban?

That question is even more pressing now, given the attack today resulting in the death of 10 Marines, 2 Army soldiers and a Navy corpsman, and more than 100 civilian casualties. Make no mistake about Joe Biden’s spin on this deadly attack – there is NO distinction between the so-called “Taliban government” thugs and their ISIS and al-Qa'ida surrogates.

In just seven short months in office, Biden has surely made the most significant presidential blunders in the history of America. And now comes his colossal failure in Afghanistan, undermining our standing with global partners and emboldening tyrants around the world.

His decision-making regarding the withdrawal from Afghanistan is derelict, cowardly, and un-American — all so he could take a withdrawal victory lap ahead of the 20th observance of al-Qaida’s devastating attack on our nation. The perilous irony is that Biden just restored a likely safe haven for the deadliest terrorists in the world.

Biden has harmed our country, ruined our international standing, and put us at greater risk from emerging international security threats. He is surely responsible for the totally inexcusable deaths of American citizens and our partners in Afghanistan — both today and in the days to come. His conduct is shameful and cowardly. He should be impeached and removed from office immediately and criminal charges should be considered.

Additionally, as the president’s appalling political decisions have been framed as military orders down the line, one after another, including the foolish abandonment of Bagram Air Base prior to the safe evacuation of all civilians, our military leaders and commanders, from SecDef Lloyd Austin to Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley to the senior commanders at Central Command, should have long since resigned in protest. To date, not one of them has tendered their resignation — zero. Stunning.

And now it’s getting worse. Biden has reaffirmed that all U.S. military personnel will be out of Afghanistan by August 31 — and this appears to be regardless of whether all U.S. citizens and committed Afghan partners (translators, workers, etc.) are out of harm’s way. If this happens, it is high treason.

With this latest inconceivable decision to potentially abandon American citizens and partners behind enemy lines to be tortured or murdered by the Taliban and its al-Qaida terrorists, those same military leaders and commanders who should have resigned in protest earlier must now refuse these latest orders and resign. They cannot be party to the making of this continuing outrageous tragedy.

For God’s sake, military leaders and commanders, demonstrate your love of country, adherence to warrior ethos, and resign. At this tragic point in our nation’s history, once a beacon of Liberty to the world, nothing less is acceptable.

(B.B. Bell, General, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a member of The Patriot Post’s National Advisory Committee. He served in uniform for almost four decades, including extended deployments overseas in both peace and war.)


Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2024 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.