What was SecDef Lloyd Austin thinking when he approved the retreat from Bagram AFB?
Every soldier knows that the first thing you fight for, and the last thing you abandon is your airfield. Bagram is about 44 miles from the US Embassy in Kabul. Even if HKAI could be open for traffic, having a secure Air Force base just minutes away could provide secure staging areas, depth of defense, and supply points that would be invaluable today.
Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley should answer tough questions about the decision-making that led to this debacle, immediately before they sign their retirement papers. Even after their long and distinguished military careers, this should put an end to it.