US General Expressed Concerns Over Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal During Senate Hearing
September 30, 2021
Top US Generals have claimed that they warned US President Joe Biden that a hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan would put Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and security at risk.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee that an accelerated withdrawal would increase the risks of regional instability, Pakistan’s security, and its nuclear arsenals.
“We need to look into the role of Pakistan as a safe haven,” the general said, emphasizing the importance of looking into how the Taliban resisted US military pressure for 20 years.General Milley and US Central Command Commander General Frank McKenzie also warned that the Taliban Pakistan will now have to deal with will be different from the one they dealt with previously, complicating relations.
The US and Pakistan are currently negotiating the use of a critical air corridor to access Afghanistan, according to the Centcom chief.
“We’ve been able to use what we call the air boulevard to go in over western Pakistan for the last 20 years, and that’s become something that’s become vital to us, as has certain landlines of communication,” he said.And in the days and weeks ahead, we’ll be working with Pakistanis to figure out what that relationship will look like in the future.
Both generals, on the other hand, declined to elaborate on their concerns about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and the possibility that they could fall into terrorists’ hands.They stated that they would meet with senators in private to discuss this and other sensitive issues.
Earlier in the hearing, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told senators that while the US assisted in the creation of a state, it failed to create an Afghan nation, which is why they were blind to the country’s collapse in mid-August.
This was the first time US generals testified in front of Congress since the end of America’s longest war in Afghanistan.Secretary Austin responded to a question from the committee’s chairman, Senator Jack Reed, by saying, “We helped build a state, but we couldn’t forge a nation.We completely missed the Afghan military and government collapsing in 11 days,” General Milley added.
The majority of (our) intelligence assessments indicated that it would happen in the late fall or early winter, with Kabul possibly holding on until next spring.
Military assessments, he acknowledged, indicated that thelikely outcome of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan would bea collapse of the military, a collapse of the government.
Before blaming anyone for the fall of Kabul, Secretary Austin urged Americans to “consider some uncomfortable truths.We did not fully comprehend the depth of corruption and poor leadership in their senior ranks, nor did we comprehend the damaging effect of President Ashraf Ghani’s frequent and unexplained commander rotations,” he added.
We didn’t anticipate the snowball effect caused by Taliban commanders’ deals with local leaders in the aftermath of the Doha agreement, or that the Doha agreement itself would demoralize Afghan soldiers.
The vast majority of Afghan troops “put their weapons down and melted away in a very, very short period of time,” according to General Miley.He, too, blamed the previous Afghan government for the soldiers’ lack of motivation.The vast majority of Afghan troops “put their weapons down and melted away in a very, very short period of time,” according to General Miley.
He, too, blamed the previous Afghan government for the soldiers’ lackTerrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could regroup in “ungoverned spaces” and attempt to attack the US homeland within the next 12 to 36 months, according to the top US general.
Secretary Austin stated that the US still has “over the horizon” capabilities, which he defined as assets and target analysis that take place outside of the country where the operation takes place.General Milley admitted that the Afghan war did not end the way the United States had hoped. of motivation.