Nate Jackson / September 13, 2021

Blood on Biden’s Hands

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 what it claimed were high-value targets. It was an effort to show force so as to cover for the utter disgrace of Biden’s surrender and retreat from Afghanistan.

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared, “it was a righteous strike.”

But a day after the attack, Mark Alexander raised serious questions about the targets.

Alexander said the two over-horizon drone strikes in response to the murder of our military Patriots in Kabul, “I am aware of the complexities of these operations and the potential for collateral civilian deaths.” However, he noted that given our concern these targets were not high-value ISK terrorists, particularly since DoD had refused to release the identity of those targeted, it is likely that these strikes were “political fireworks” to distract from Biden’s Afghanistan disaster.

Alexander noted, “If the Kabul target was not high value, the civilian casualties are inexcusable,” and just add to Biden’s failed exfil.

We know that among the dead were 10 innocent people, including several children. It is believed now that the target was an aid worker carrying water and helping the U.S., not, as the Pentagon claimed, an ISK 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. Recall that radical Islamic terrorists often literally hide behind women and children like the cowards they truly are.

We don’t mean to cast blame on the American personnel who carried out this attack as we are certain they were under significant political pressure to do something. We do mean to lay the blame where the buck stops: with the commander-in-chief.

Of the strikes, Biden declared: “We have what’s called over-the-horizon capabilities, which means we can strike terrorists and targets without American boots on the ground — or very few, if needed. We’ve shown that capacity just in the last week. We struck ISIS-K remotely, days after they murdered 13 of our service members and dozens of innocent Afghans.” Actually, Biden may have murdered ten civilians.

Of course, 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 our ground 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.

(Updated)

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