So we’re supposed to believe the same people who can’t vet refugees, who can’t tell us how many SIVs have been evacuated, who ditched Bagram, and who are relying on the Taliban for security in Kabul were suddenly able to identify and kill the terrorist who planned the attack? Oh, sure.
Pentagon: “Just fire some missiles into the desert and we’ll announce we got the guy.”
According to the Associated Press, the U.S. military said it used a drone strike to kill a member of the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate Saturday.
The strike came amid what the White House called indications that ISIS planned to strike again as the U.S.-led evacuation from Kabul airport moved into its final days. Of course, no evidence of this was presented, and there is no real evidence the person killed had anything to do with the attack in Kabul.
Biden authorized the drone strike and it was ordered by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to provide details not yet publicly announced.
Indiscriminate Drone Strikes–Here we go again. It’s like Deja Vu all over again. This was also not even a top target.
Going back to 2016, the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan research organization, gave the Obama administration an “F” for failing to provide a clear legal justification for its use of drones to kill al Qaeda or Islamic State extremists in countries where the United States is not at war. And the administration also receives an “F” for failing to ensure strong oversight and accountability for the secret program, which has become a signature of Obama’s tenure. There are also “Ds” and “unknowns” awarded to the White House on other aspects of the drone program.
Obama, while Biden was Vice-President, ordered roughly 500 strikes. Obama deployed them in Yemen, Libya, and Somalia, with at least six American citizens among the many hundreds of innocent civilians killed.
“The rhetoric has not matched the reality with regards to the U.S. drone program,” Rachel Stohl, the author of the report said. “At this point, with this many years behind us in the drone program, saying, ‘Just trust us,’ isn’t enough anymore.”
What we are seeing is a kneejerk reaction to the situation in Kabul.
Killing innocent people to avenge the deaths of innocent people should not be policy.