New evidence emerged recently that a U.S. drone strike resulted in the death of multiple innocent Afghans — including children — instead of the terror suspects being targeted in the mission.
As one Fox News personality subsequently opined, the botched operation in Afghanistan is exactly “how you create terrorists.”
“We will endeavor to learn”
The drone strike occurred following a suicide bombing near the Kabul airport that left 13 U.S. service members dead.
Although the Biden administration initially claimed that the target was among the ISIS-K militants behind that attack and that the drone strike was successful, it is now clear that this was not the case.
As The New York Times reported, an investigation into the drone strike determined that it killed 10 civilians, including an Afghan aid worker and seven children.
On Friday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin acknowledged that those reports are likely true.
Instead of promising accountability, he offered an apology and a vow to improve, stating: “On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I offer my deepest condolences to surviving family members of those who were killed. We apologize, and we will endeavor to learn from this horrible mistake.”
“Shoot first, aim later doesn’t work here”
Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy offered a scathing indictment following Austin’s admission.
“This is how you create terrorists,” she declared. “Shoot first, aim later doesn’t work here. This is what happens. This is absolutely horrific. This is why there are so many in the military, especially special operators, that are opposed to drone strikes in general but especially these kind that really miss the mark.”
Kennedy went on to raise a pertinent question regarding where the Biden administration received its intelligence regarding the supposed terrorist target, asking: “Was it from the Taliban?”
The host wrapped up by calling on Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and White House press secretary Jen Psaki to resign, calling them “propagandists … doing the devil’s work.”
Considering the continuing backlash over the chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Kennedy’s commentary echoed the conclusion of a growing number of Biden administration critics calling for top officials to step down or be removed from their positions.