Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark A. Milley; Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, and Central Command leader, Marine Corps General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. testify before the House Armed Services Committee, September 29, 2021. Pentagon photo by Chad J. McNeeley.


Is Joe Biden a congenital liar, or is he simply in desperate need of memory care?

Either option is disturbing, but it’s one or the other after recent Capitol Hill testimony by America’s top military leaders who were grilled before congressional oversight panels. 

These warriors’ remarks last Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee could not have contrasted more with Biden’s claim that no one ever advised him to leave a modest deployment of American GIs as control rods within the veritable atomic pile that is Afghanistan.

George Stephanopolous of ABC News spoke with Biden on August 18, as pandemonium reigned in Kabul:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But your top military advisors warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops.

BIDEN: No, they didn’t. It was split. Tha– that wasn’t true. That wasn’t true.

STEPHANOPOULOS: They didn’t tell you that they wanted troops to stay?

BIDEN: No. Not at — not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a timeframe all troops. They didn’t argue against that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no one told — your military advisors did not tell you, “No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that”?

BIDEN: No. No one said that to me that I can recall.

So, Biden repeatedly and definitively claimed that the top brass never urged him to keep 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan, to prevent the exact bedlam that erupted after American GIs began to decamp ahead of Biden’s order to withdraw by August 31.  

Not so fast! replied Biden’s leading military advisors and his Pentagon chief.

These current and former generals said that they would not disclose their private counsel to the commander-in-chief. Immediately after those disclaimers, they disclosed their private counsel to the commander-in-chief.

“I don’t discuss exactly what my conversations are with the sitting president in the Oval Office,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley, told the senators. “But I can tell you what my personal opinion was, and I am always candid.”

Milley added: “My assessment was, back in the fall of 2020, and remained consistent throughout, that we should keep a steady state of 2,500, and it could bounce up to 3,500, maybe, something like that, in order to move toward a negotiated solution.” 

“I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion, and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation,” said Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, head of Central Command and supervisor of US forces in Afghanistan. “I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.” 

McKenzie also forecast the dire repercussions of ignoring his conclusions: “My view is that 2,500 was an appropriate number to remain, and that if we went below that number, in fact, we would probably witness a collapse of the Afghan government and the Afghan military.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III, a former Army general, verified that Biden heard Milley and McKenzie loud and clear. Austin told Senator Tom Cotton (R – Arkansas), “Their input was received by the president and considered by the president, for sure. In terms of what they specifically recommended, senator, as they just said, they’re not going to provide what they recommended in confidence.”

So, once, twice, three times these top national-security figures hurled Biden beneath the bus. This was highly unusual, if not utterly unprecedented.

Did the President of the United States flat-out lie to the American people about this life-and-death matter, perhaps to cover up his horrible and deadly decision to remove these troops, despite high-level contrary advice? Or did these supremely vital conversations simply slide off of Joe Biden’s faltering brain, like fried eggs across hot Teflon?

Either way, America is in deep trouble.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of


Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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michael f sandler md
3 months ago

He is evil and hateful and hate-filled and dishonest

3 months ago

“Deceitful or demented?” I say both.

3 months ago


3 months ago

I vote for , …BOTH!

Mike Donovan
3 months ago

We would all be better if he was gone from this earth.

3 months ago

OBiden is deceitful, demented, deranged, demonic, demoralizing, depleted, depraved, and definitely depressing!

Alan Doud
3 months ago

He and his colleagues may be so cleaver as to put on a façade to avoid persecution if caught. After all who wants to be responsible for hanging or jailing an ill doddering old man.

Mandy Martin
3 months ago
Reply to  Alan Doud

MANY of our US citizens!

William Petite
3 months ago

No doubt dementia was coming on pretty fast, during the primary. The real reason he campaigned from his basement. Everyone new it, but protected by the Dem Party, and all his handlers, and major news. He is also very corrupt as well, even admitting and bragging about his Quid – Quo – Pro, He even involved his family, in his corruption. He is a useful puppet for the evil that is running the country, A man that should never have become President, due to his corruption alone, became the President, through using the Covid 19 virus, to corrupt the elections, that success is why they will never let go, of this virus. Today they are using it to take away so many of our rights. Will the USSC do it’s job, and uphold the Constitution or not? I don’t believe so, and I hope I am wrong.

Robert Dorn
3 months ago

Definitely both

3 months ago

Definitely both. An awful man who is weak on any laws he is pushing. Why are we allowing his administration to down us and ruin us.

3 months ago

jo is both deceitful and demented. He is a destroyer by design and has been since Jan 6. All he has done is cause problems and support blm antifa terrorist illegals criminals and put inoccents in prison in solitary confinement, murdered heros and Mrs Babbit by cop in DC the criminals aren’t prosecuted and the inoccent are.

3 months ago

FIRST It really isn’t JoJo. He’s been out of the picture for months. SECOND The handlers are very evil with a globalist bent and controlled by the CCP.

3 months ago

Biden is now and has been for many, many years NUCKING FUTS !!!! He does not have the mental ability to run a hotdog stand much less this nation. The biggest problem we would have is if we get rid of him then we would be stuck with the “giggler” Harris AND if we get rid of her we have a drunken Pelosi. We are screwed until 2024 and it will take years to fix the disaster the democRATs have created

Mandy Martin
3 months ago
Reply to  Buckhorn

Hopefully the general population will be awakened and borrow a spine to stand up for our country and our children!!!

3 months ago

Joe Biden is a Psychopathic Liar! Now that he’s also suffering from Dementia, his Behavior is Sickening & Demented!

3 months ago

If you can’t recall important information Then you shouldn’t be there in the first place. Say good bye joe

barbara yano
3 months ago

Joe Biden is deceitful and demented says it all!

Tom Tucker
3 months ago

He has always been a serial liar and now he a liar who is also demented. Plus, he’s always been stupid and crooked and now he’s even worse. Anyone who voted for him should hang for treason.

Robin Walter Boyd
3 months ago

At this point, Joe Biden is both a deceitful serial liar and demented. The latter is most likely due mostly to the former. Joe Biden has been documented as a liar and plagiarist for the past five decades, at least.
It’s not like Biden was installed as president by anything he did. Biden never even really campaigned, and when he did, he made things hard for those who were trying to get President Trump out of office.

Gene Ralno
3 months ago

Too bad the IIC (Imbecile-In-Chief) claim that he doesn’t remember is entirely believable.