Biden Presidency Has More Blood On Its Hands
Biden-Harris Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin admitted in a written statement their August 29th drone bombing of an innocent family was “a horrible mistake.”
“We now know that there was no connection” between the driver of the car and the Islamic State group. The driver’s activities prior to being incinerated by a Hellcat drone missile were “completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat we believed we faced.”
The Biden Administration, including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, have backtracked from their original statements about the killing of multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month.
It was finally announced Friday that a review showed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first claimed.
“The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said at a Pentagon news conference.
McKenzie told reporters the United States is considering making reparation payments to the family of the victims. He said the decision was made to strike a white Toyota Corolla sedan, after having tracked it for about eight hours.
The Biden Administration has fielded enormous criticism in America and throughout the world as they continued to affirm the Aug. 29 strike had been conducted correctly, despite 10 civilians being killed, including seven children.
In a heated Senate Committee hearing on Tuesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul tore into Blinken for the dishonesty and bad strategies of the Biden Administration.
“To add insult to injury, this week you’ve now released sixty-four million dollars in aid to Afghanistan,” Paul blasted Blinken. “Don’t we have some prohibition against giving aid and comfort to the enemy? Now the argument from the Biden administration is, ‘Oh, we’re giving it to charities, and it’s for the good of the people, for poor people, and for women.’ Well, the Taliban has a history of taking this. Throughout their governance, they would take the money. This was a big complaint we had when they were in power the last time.”
Paul looked Blinken square in the eye and continued. “They now have eighty billion dollars’ worth of weapons. Three-hundred and fifty thousand automatic weapons. Are we really naïve enough to believe that we are just going to keep sending charity to Afghanistan and they’re not going to interrupt it? I think that’s a foolish notion.”
When Paul asked about the family man who was assassinated by the U.S. with a drone strike, Blinken balked.
“Uh, I can’t speak to that, and I can’t speak to that in this setting in any event,” Blinken studdered.
Paul shot back: “So you don’t know or won’t tell us.”
McKenzie, who oversaw U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, including a final evacuation of U.S. forces and more than 120,000 civilians from Kabul airport, said he was “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 added.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had being saying that it was a “righteous” strike and that at least one of the people killed was a “facilitator” for the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate. This was the group which had killed 169 Afghan civilians and 13 American service members in a suicide bombing on Aug. 26 at the Kabul airport.
“Clearly our intelligence was wrong on this particular white Toyota Corolla,” he said.
“This is a horrible tragedy of war and it’s heart wrenching,” Milley said. “…after deeper post-strike analysis our conclusion is that innocent civilians were killed.”
Thirty-seven year old, Zemerai Ahmadi was struck by a Hellfire missile just as he pulled into the family driveway. The family had worked for Americans and were trying to gain visas to the United States, fearing for their lives under the Taliban.
The family and witnesses said that Zemerai was alone in his car when he pulled up to the house and honked his horn. His 11-year-old son ran out and Zemerai let the boy get in and drive the car into the driveway. The other kids ran out to watch, and the Hellfire missile incinerated the car, killing seven children and an adult son and nephew of Zemerai.
“The U.S. must now commit to a full, transparent, and impartial investigation into this incident,” said Brian Castner, a senior crisis adviser with Amnesty International. “Anyone suspected of criminal responsibility should be prosecuted in a fair trial. Survivors and families of the victims should be kept informed of the progress of the investigation and be given full reparation.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, stated “We need to know what went wrong in the hours and minutes leading up to the strike to prevent similar tragedies in the future.”
He said he was “also concerned about the accuracy and completeness of public statements made in the immediate aftermath of the strike, and whether those accounted for all of the information possessed by the government at the time.”
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