Left-leaning media outlets are uncharacteristically attacking the Biden administration after the Pentagon admitted it mistakenly targeted an Afghan civilian instead of an ISIS-K suspect in a deadly drone strike in Kabul last month that also killed seven children.
“Our investigation now concludes that the strike was a tragic mistake,” the head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie said Friday in recognizing that the late August strike just days before the last U.S. flight left the country targeted an Afghan aid worker instead of a terrorist.
“I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike. Moreover, we now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or were a direct threat to U.S. forces,” he continued.
“It was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology. I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed,” the CENTCOM commander and four-star general added. “The strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and evacuees at the airport. But it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology, as the combatant commander, responsible for this strike and this tragic outcome.”
McKenzie did not actually order the strike; it was ordered by the commander of an over-the-horizon strike team. However, as Central Command chief, any actions taken in his theater of operations are his responsibility.
Still, the ultimate person who is responsible for all military action is President Joe Biden as commander-in-chief, and his administration, as well as the Pentagon, were taken to task by left-leaning media outlets that are generally friendly to the Democratic regime.
As he began his CNN show Friday, Jake Tapper cited the Pentagon’s “massive and deadly mistake.”
“This is a total about-face from the Pentagon’s initial denial they got anything wrong days after the attack,” Tapper said.
“This is a horrible and sobering indictment of the admin’s reliance on “over the horizon” ops for counter-terror going forward,” CNN’s Jim Sciutto added in a tweet.
“A ‘mistake’ is when you forget to take out the trash, or sleep through your alarm. This is absolutely horrifying,” NBC News’ Garrett Haake tweeted.
“It is deeply tragic and fitting that the final American military action before withdrawing from Afghanistan was basically a signature strike — a drone attack based on pattern of behavior, not against a fully IDed target,” added MSNBC editor Hayes Brown.
“Seven kids, who ran out excitedly into the courtyard to meet their dad / uncle when he got home from work,” Axios reporter Jonathan Swan noted.
New York Times writer Alex Burns offered, “Mark Milley was the one who called this a ‘righteous strike.’ It was a massacre.”
This is a horrible and sobering indictment of the admin’s reliance on “over the horizon” ops for counter-terror going forward. https://t.co/DmhvYftBeo
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 17, 2021
A “mistake”’is when you forget to take out the trash, or sleep through your alarm. This is absolutely horrifying. https://t.co/f7ugOmzK6s
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) September 17, 2021
It is deeply tragic and fitting that the final American military action before withdrawing from Afghanistan was basically a signature strike — a drone attack based on pattern of behavior, not against a fully IDed target https://t.co/BVc4qONyb7
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) September 17, 2021
Seven kids, who ran out excitedly into the courtyard to meet their dad / uncle when he got home from work. https://t.co/bjfFNswMX6
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) September 17, 2021
Mark Milley was the one who called this a "righteous strike." It was a massacre.https://t.co/IQoz4B0DzI
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) September 17, 2021
The media also piled on Biden over his chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan after 13 American service personnel were killed along with about 160 Afghans in a suicide bombing, an attack that likely prompted the Pentagon’s deadly — and mistaken — drone strike.
Biden was reportedly “furious” with the media for its coverage.
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