Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Says U.S. ‘Failed to Grasp’ How Quickly Afghanistan Would Submit to Taliban: We Couldn’t Give Them ‘Will to Win’

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin defended the Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan while blaming their government’s weakness for the nation’s fall to the Taliban.

Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley appeared before the Senate Armed Service Committee on Tuesday to testify on how the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated as the United States moved to withdraw forces from the country. In his opening statement, Austin defended the tactical decisions from the withdrawal as
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