A bit earlier in the present day, CENTCOM Commander USMC Normal Kenneth McKenzie was despatched out to confess what has been typically identified since August 29. That’s, the drone strike that we have been instructed killed “a number of” suicide bombers heading to assault US and allied forces at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport, in reality, killed harmless Afghans, together with a number of kids.
See Nick Arama’s US CENTCOM Does Friday Afternoon Information Dump of Big ‘Mistake’ in Killing Household, Not ISIS, for extra particulars.
Whereas Normal McKenzie was manning up and taking successful for the group, Joey Tender Serve was on his method to “the seashore.” When the going will get powerful, the powerful get going, and nobody will get going quicker than the man who put Corn Pop in his place.
I’ve posted twice on this incident (see That’ll Educate ‘Em. US Drone Strike Concentrating on Suicide Bombers in Kabul Kills Household of 9 Together with 4 Children Beneath Age 5 and The ‘Suicide Bomber’ Killed by a Drone in Kabul Was an Support Employee and the Biden White Home Is Making an attempt to Shift Blame).
My private evaluation of what occurred there’s just about the identical as that of Glenn Greenwald (I needed to bathe after writing that).
Anybody sincere is aware of what occurred: the Biden WH, dealing with rage over the assault at Kabul Airport that killed 13 Marines, was determined to do *one thing* — something — to make Biden look powerful, in order that they worn out a complete household to keep away from a foul information cycle accusing him of weak spot.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 17, 2021
And the mainstream media fell over itself, lapping up the White Home spin.
The US clearly has a outstanding intelligence line of sight into ISIS-Okay proper now. https://t.co/2Riyx2a0C9
— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) August 29, 2021
Along with the immense political stress to settle scores with ISIS-Okay (to the extent that this group truly operates in Kabul), the US navy was confronted with the daunting activity of defending a hard and fast level, having given up the entire surrounding territory. This eradicated a buffer zone the place incoming individuals and automobiles could possibly be stopped. It eliminated areas the place threats could possibly be engaged with out endangering harmless civilians. Most of all, we gave up the power to place human eyes on potential targets. So the query arises, how did we goal the help employee and his household? I deal with this in That’ll Educate ‘Em. US Drone Strike Concentrating on Suicide Bombers in Kabul Kills Household of 9 Together with 4 Children Beneath Age 5
This additionally struck me as unusual because it gives extra element than the US navy has launched.
BREAKING: A Taliban spokesman says a U.S. airstrike focused a suicide bomber in a automobile who needed to strike the Kabul airport. https://t.co/lQ43llXfLF
— The Related Press (@AP) August 29, 2021
Is the spokesman regurgitating what somebody within the US contingent in Kabul instructed him? Or is he tacitly acknowledging that the US was appearing on Taliban equipped concentrating on data?
It appears virtually sure that the Taliban fingered the lifeless man as a menace. From that time ahead, US commanders have been leaning ahead to kill the menace earlier than it attacked US forces, and all evaluation centered on verifying that the person recognized by our “safety associate,” the Taliban, was an imminent menace. Water containers turned explosives. Routine phone calls turned a part of a plot. Journey to ship assist turned visits to ISIS-Okay hideouts.
We could also be about to get some solutions to that query.
The Biden Afghanistan disaster retains getting worse.
This raises two apparent Qs:
Did the Taliban present the defective “intel” that led to the Biden admin killing 10 harmless civilians, together with 7 kids?
If that’s the case, why did Biden belief the Taliban? https://t.co/UMM9lczNVl
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 17, 2021
The whole Afghan debacle cries out for Senate hearings. A key difficulty that should be examined is what sort of a deal was minimize with the Taliban to offer safety for US forces. The function the Taliban performed within the bombing that killed 13 Individuals must be explored. The function the Taliban performed in fingering an harmless man for demise additionally calls for solutions.