North Central College in the News

North Central College dean interviewed on FOX 32 Chicago

Sep 29, 2021

Stephen Maynard Caliendo addressed takeaways from the Senate hearing on the military withdrawal from Afghanistan

In their first appearance before Congress since the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the nation's top military leaders candidly admitted to lawmakers that they had recommended to President Joe Biden that the U.S. should keep a troop presence there, appearing to contradict his assertions.

The testimony by Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, was at odds with Biden's comments earlier this year that his military commanders did not recommend keeping a residual force.

The revelations came during a six-hour hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee where Milley also characterized that the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan had been "a strategic failure" and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin acknowledged that it was time to acknowledged some "uncomfortable truths" about the two decade U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, addressed the takeaways from the hearing on FOX 32 Chicago.

“There’s so much involved in foreign policy decisions,” said Caliendo. “I think from a military perspective it’s always going to be somewhat different from the political perspective, and that’s where I think we saw some conflict yesterday on Capitol Hill.

Click here to watch the full interview on FOX 32 Chicago.