By NATE JACKSON September 13, 2021
It appears that his retaliatory drone strike killed innocent Afghans.
Is Joe Biden responsible for the deaths of 10 innocent Afghans? The evidence is building that such is the case.
On August 29, three days after 13 Americans and nearly 100 Afghans were murdered by a terrorist bomber in Kabul, the Biden administration struck back with missile attacks on supposedly high-value targets. It was an effort to show force so as to cover for the utter disgrace of Biden’s surrender in Afghanistan.
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared that it was a “righteous strike.”
But among the dead were 10 innocent people, including several children. The target was … an aid worker carrying water and helping the U.S., not, as the Pentagon claims, an ISIS-K sympathizer loading a car with explosives for another airport attack.
To put it mildly, as John Stuart Mill once said, “War is an ugly thing.” Soldiers pay a heavy price for war — sometimes the ultimate price. Civilians are often casualties too, and we don’t mean to cast particular or special blame on the American personnel who carried out this one misdirected attack. Remember, radical Islamic terrorists often literally hide behind women and children like the cowards they truly are.
We do mean to lay the blame where the buck stops: with the commander-in-chief. Biden touted retaining America’s ability to continue “over-the-horizon” strikes when necessary. “We’ve shown that capacity just in the last week,” he boasted two days after the retaliatory strike. “We struck ISIS-K remotely, days after they murdered 13 of our service members and dozens of innocent Afghans.”
The other element here is that striking terrorists in Afghanistan is only going to be harder now that we have few if any resources on the ground. Biden can brag about “over-the-horizon” strikes all he wants, but he’s given up most of our intelligence capability by withdrawing all U.S. personnel from the country.
That’s just one more way in which he’s made America less safe, and the consequences have already been deadly.