On Aug. 29, U.S. forces responded to a suicide bombing at the airport in Kabul with a drone strike that officials initially said successfully targeted an ISIS-K terrorist who posed an immediate threat of another attack.
But on Friday, military leaders finally admitted that the strike actually killed an aid worker and members of his family, including more than a dozen children. Now, Fox News host Tucker Carlson is urging accountability for the fatal mistake — and in his eyes, it starts at the top, with the firing of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.
Pentagon acknowledges “tragic mistake”
According to Breitbart, Carlson’s remarks came during a scathing segment on his self-titled Fox program Friday. In it, he excoriated Gen. Milley and other senior Pentagon officials for their gross dishonesty with regard to the drone strike.
Their lies were first revealed in a shocking report from The New York Times.
“More than a week ago, The New York Times ran a piece revealing with video evidence that the Biden administration’s drones did not actually kill anyone from ISIS-K, whoever they are, assuming they exist. The drone killed a civilian aid worker and a car full of kids,” Carlson said Friday, according to Breitbart.
“There were no bombs in the Toyota, they had bottles of water, which are very different from bombs in that they don’t explode, even secondarily,” he added.
Soon after the Times released its report, U.S. Marine Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie was forced to “stop lying,” in Carlson’s words, and admit the truth. McKenzie conceded during a Pentagon press briefing Friday that military leaders had made a “tragic mistake.”
Where’s the accountability?
But Carlson noted that even as the military acknowledged wrongdoing, there was no mention of accountability for those responsible.
“You will not find a more revealing statement about our Pentagon leaders. It explains why no one has been punished for this disaster,” Carlson said, according to Breitbart. “If you fire Mark Milley for killing a bunch of kids unintentionally and then lying about it, maybe the accountability chain will start.”
The Fox host added: “Maybe they don’t 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.”
Take a look at the Fox host’s Friday monologue for yourself: