Joe Biden promised retaliation for the terrorist attack that killed 13 US service members, most of them were US Marines. He did follow through on that promise, launching a drone strike that reportedly killed the planners of this heinous suicide attack near Kabul’s airport. We had struck back against ISIS-K, right? Well, not so fast. We may have blown some people halfway to hell, but it appears it wasn’t terrorists. It appears we wiped out an innocent family. Now, this is the reality. There will be collateral damage in such operations. In fact, opponents of the Disposition Matrix—an Obama initiative—have rightly said this has been a byproduct for years—innocent civilians being blasted for nothing. These were ‘kill lists’ that Obama signed off on and yes—some American citizens were included which brought some controversy regarding this operation devolving into extrajudicial killings. I’m not saying we should nix drone strikes, but it also looks like Joe Biden just decided to kill some people to appear as if he was doing something. Why? Well, if our intelligence community was so good, how did we miss Osama bin Laden’s former security chief waltzing into Kabul (via NY Post):
A senior al Qaeda commander who was Osama bin Laden’s security chief has apparently returned to Afghanistan after two decades living in Pakistan, according to videos posted to social media.
Amin ul-Haq arrived back in his hometown in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, video purports to show, a day before the US withdrawal from the war-torn country was set to end and less than two weeks after the Taliban seized control.
Videos circulating on Twitter appear to show ul-Haq being driven through a Taliban checkpoint in a convoy of SUVs as a small crowd gathered nearby.
At one point in the video, ul-Haq can be seen rolling down the window of the vehicle to shake hands and pose for selfies with some men.
His SUV was followed by a number of other vehicles, including some bearing the Taliban flag.
Ul-Haq was the leader of bin Laden’s so-called Black Guard when the terror leader was holed up in his Tora Bora hideout 20 years ago.
BREAKING: U.S. drone strike targets ISIS-K vehicle loaded with explosives in Kabul, CENTCOM spokesperson says.https://t.co/h5zlS5TvF9— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 29, 2021
NEW: US carried out drone strike against ISIS-K target in Kabul. Target: vehicle filled with explosives. "Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material," US military official says. No civilian casualties.— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) August 29, 2021
“At first I thought it was the Taliban. But the Americans themselves did it”: Afghans say US drone strike aimed at ISIS-K killed 10 civilians, including 7 children. US military says it hit valid target but is investigating civilian casualties. @mattaikinshttps://t.co/SAbpegZvzY— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) August 30, 2021
US CENTCOM Now Backtracking on Drone Strike That Killed Children: 'It's Unclear What Happened' https://t.co/87VOuXW5WS— RedState (@RedState) August 30, 2021
Did we rely on intelligence from the Taliban for that Drone strike?— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) August 30, 2021
Re: The drone strike; Biden is screwed in any scenario.— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 30, 2021
- They never sent a drone anywhere and it's Taliban/ISIS propaganda
- They killed kids and interpreters and lied about them being ISIS/K
- They got the target from the Taliban and killed an interpreter's family
We can incinerate 7 kids but this guy just rolls back into town in a caravan of escalades. https://t.co/41NoMMAfzL— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 30, 2021
Look, if we got a bunch of terrorists and some civilians died, that’s one thing. People die in war. But here we have Biden obliterating an entire family, no terrorist kills, and a top al-Qaeda commander slipping past and returning in a convoy. It’s just not a good look.
.@DeptofDefense Hey guys, I found a target for you. You're welcome.— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 30, 2021
"Should we hit the school bus or should we hit the caravan with dudes firing their Ak 47s from the sides? That might be someone important."— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 30, 2021
"Fuck them kids."
Now, we did execute a drone strike prior to this one that supposedly killed two ISIS-K members. These folks reportedly planned the attack that killed 13 US service members outside Kabul airport, but we can't confirm anything because the Pentagon won't give us much:
Nope, nothing to see here ?? pic.twitter.com/6WLKiFmmYK— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 28, 2021