Lloyd Austin reacts with awkward silence when asked if he has regrets about Afghanistan withdrawal

Do you have any regrets about the Afghan withdrawal?” Baier asked Austin during a keynote discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, 캘리포니아.

After a silence that lingered for nearly 10 초, Austin replied, “브렛, I regret the fact that we lost 13 of our finest at Abbey Gate. I regret that we lost 10 civilians in an errant strike.

Having said that, 브렛, I want to make sure that we don’t lose sight of the fact that our American forces, 에 17 일, evacuated 124,000 people from Afghanistan,” Austin continued.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pauses while speaking during a media briefing at the Pentagon, 수요일, 11 월. 17, 2021, 워싱턴. (AP 사진 / Alex Brandon)

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pauses while speaking during a media briefing at the Pentagon, 수요일, 11 월. 17, 2021, 워싱턴. (AP 사진 / Alex Brandon) (AP 사진 / Alex Brandon)

The Reagan Forum included remarks by foreign policy experts and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on Biden’s break from the Trump administration’s “아메리카 퍼스트” strategy — which some officials argue has weakened the standing of the U.S. on the world stage.

Top experts warned at the Reagan Forum that the standing of the U.S. 로 “partner of choiceamong global allies has waned since the chaotic withdrawal from 아프가니스탄.

vacuees wait to board a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, 수락, 아프가니스탄, 8월. 23. (우리. 해병대 사진 Sgt. 이사야 캠벨)

vacuees wait to board a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, 수락, 아프가니스탄, 8월. 23. (우리. 해병대 사진 Sgt. 이사야 캠벨)

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