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The Biden administration finally admitted Friday that it’d “accidentally” killed 10 innocent people, including seven children, during a drone strike in Kabul last month that’d been meant to target alleged ISIS-K suicide bombers.
The admission was a stunning indictment of this administration.
“Almost everything senior defense officials asserted in the hours, and then days, and then weeks after the Aug. 29 drone strike turned out to be false,” The New York Times, which was the first outlet to challenge the administration’s assertions, reported.
“The explosives the military claimed were loaded in the trunk of a white Toyota sedan struck by the drone’s Hellfire missile were probably water bottles, and a secondary explosion in the courtyard in a densely populated Kabul neighborhood where the attack took place was probably a propane or gas tank, officials said,” the Times added.
The admission prompted Fox News host Tucker Carlson to argue later that evening that the deaths of those 10 innocent people was the consequence of a “senile and totally incompetent” man desperately trying to prove that he’s strong.
That man is President Joe Biden, who authorized a drone strike ostensibly against ISIS-K targets on Aug. 29th, “just days after 13 American servicemen were killed in a bombing at the Kabul airport. A date you remember,” according to Carlson.
A date that became even more important after a Bush-era top-level State Department claimed that, prior to the bombing, the Biden administration failed to eliminate the would-be bomber despite knowing who he was and what he intended to do.
Such claims, in addition to the unnecessary chaos in Afghanistan, led to a revival of the longtime suspicion that the president is senile and perhaps suffering from dementia. And this, Carlson alleged Friday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” is why the drone strike was authorized.
“Well at the time, even Democrats were pointing out the obvious: Joe Biden is senile and totally incompetent. So the administration at that moment desperately needed something to prove they are not senile and incompetent — that they are instead decisive and strong. And what better way to do that than to kill people?” he explained.
(Video: Fox News)
“So that day [Aug. 29th], the U.S. military bombed a white Toyota in a residential complex not far from the Kabul airport. The White House touted that strike as a demonstration of our over-the-horizon military capabilities in Afghanistan, particularly against ISIS-K,” the Fox News host continued.
The “successful” strike spurred celebration from Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Gen. Mark Milley, who described it as a “righteous strike,” despite then-emerging reports that there had been “civilian casualties” because of “secondary explosions.”
Milley even had an excuse for the “secondary explosions”: They’d resulted from the suicide bombs inside the Toyota exploding.
“So it was perfect. All the bad people were dead. All those ISIS-K operatives. And virtually every news organization in the country parroted this account. They were grateful to give poor ol’ Joe Biden credit for something,” Carlson continued.
But much to their credit, the Times didn’t believe the official story and decided to investigate. This investigation turned up a mountain of evidence strongly suggesting there’d been no bombs or ISIS-K terrorists in the vehicle.
There’d just been members of a family — members who’re now all dead.
NY Times in-depth report says Biden droned the wrong guy, killed innocent aid worker, family of 10 https://t.co/858ZTzoaoA pic.twitter.com/SY2ik65JrE
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 11, 2021
Thanks to the admission Friday, which was delivered by U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, it’s now known that the Times had been correct.
What remains unknown — and seems doubtful, according to Carlson — is whether anyone in the Biden administration will be held accountable for this failure. Considering that similar failures have been playing out for 20 years without any accountability, it doesn’t seem likely.
“Back on Sept. 1st, Mark Milley explained that the drone strike of Aug. 29th wasn’t out of the ordinary. In fact, it followed the very same procedures as every other drone strike over the last 20 years in Afghanistan,” Carlson noted.
Indeed, here’s what Milley said at the time: “We had very good intelligence that ISIS-K was preparing a specific type vehicle at a specific type location. We monitored that through various means, and all of the engagement criteria were being met. We went through the same level of rigor that we’ve done for years, and we took a strike.”
And how did that turn out?
“Ohhhhhh, we had very good intelligence. Luckily the same kind of intelligence that led us to believe that German-educated Saudis would never fly airplanes into the World Trade Center or the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania,” Carlson sarcastically responded.
“The intelligence that told us the Berlin Wall wasn’t about to fall. The intelligence that told us it was fine to give up Bagram Air Base because Kabul was safe, the government would stand. That intelligence,” he added.
Concluding his remarks, he noted that “you will not find a more revealing statement about our Pentagon leaders” than what Milley had said.
“It explains why no one has been punished for this disaster. If you fire Mark Milley for killing a bunch of kids unintentionally and then lying about it, maybe the accountability chain will start,” he said.
“Maybe they’ll want to fire whoever left hundreds of American citizens behind in Afghanistan and lied about that. So you can’t start firing people just because they’re terrible at their jobs, obviously. So you can’t fire anyone. That’s the rule,” he added.
FYI, the accountability chain likely leads directly back to the “senile and totally incompetent” man in charge of everything …
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