U.S. military admits ‘horrible mistake’ in Kabul drone strike that killed 10 Afghans (WaPo)
September 17, 2021 at 10:24 PM - Views: 61 #445954Babel 17Participant
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WaPo reporting the story, so it’s officially a “Whoops!” from the MIC.
U.S. military admits ‘horrible mistake’ in Kabul drone strike that killed 10 Afghans
The Defense Department had previously defended the Aug. 29 operation as a “righteous strike,” saying it tracked a white sedan for hours after the vehicle left a suspected Islamic State-Khorasan safe house. In fact, the driver, Zamarai Ahmadi, was a longtime aid worker for a U.S.-based group and was hauling water cans for his family, officials acknowledged.
“We now know that there was no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and ISIS-Khorasan, that his activities on that day were completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat we believed we faced, and that Mr. Ahmadi was just as innocent a victim as were the others tragically killed,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement announcing the military’s conclusions. “We apologize, and we will endeavor to learn from this horrible mistake.”
The chain of missteps ending with the missile strike came days after a suicide attack at the Kabul airport claimed the lives of at least 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, inviting a sense of urgency that may have been misplaced. It also highlights flaws in the Biden administration’s strategy for targeting threats that emerge in Afghanistan from long distance, a plan analysts have criticized as being vulnerable to inadequate intelligence and overconfidence among commanders reading ordinary behaviors as evidence of malicious intent.
September 17, 2021 at 10:30 PM #445958HassleCatParticipant
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We admitted it was a mistake. That makes it sound like all the other drone strikes were not mistakes.
September 17, 2021 at 10:44 PM #445963Babel 17Participant
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So naturally we had to drone some of them, or otherwise we’d look weak as terrorists were making their strikes.
The order of the day seems to have been “Do something!!!”.
Horrible snark aside, I think the protocols for a situation like this are going to call for an analysis that will need to know how it was determined that the threshold for ordering an attack was met. Afaik, that threshold is more than just “If I had to bet, I’d bet he’s a terrorist with bombs”. At least as long as he wasn’t rapidly approaching a military outpost during a time of terrorist bombings.
And if I “had to bet”, I’d bet that the threshold for launching attacks had been lowered by someone pretty far up the chain of command, and they did so at the urging of civilian leadership. Though other motivations are also quite possible. Anger, fear, desperation, and/or wanting to look good could have been part of how this bad call was made.
Easy for me to say, of course, and this was going to end badly, given how we’d gotten to that place.
September 18, 2021 at 3:37 AM #446011
September 18, 2021 at 2:55 PM #446052EarthartistParticipant
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No one will be held accountable and some kid will go home knowing he was told to slaughter a whole family. the united states of death
September 18, 2021 at 3:06 PM #446053
September 18, 2021 at 4:21 PM #446066jerry611Participant
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This is what creates terrorists.
This country never learns from its mistakes.
September 18, 2021 at 4:38 PM #446068
And it would only be a mistake if the MIC didn’t want to create more terrorists. The business model of the MIC is to find terrorists and then justify their budget. Eliminating (and/or not creating) terrorists isn’t a good business model.
September 18, 2021 at 4:40 PM #446069
of innocent people when near terrorist suspects. 9 innocent people die for every terrorist suspect death.
Each drone strike put profits in the pockets of the MIC and they in turn give money to our elected officials.
September 18, 2021 at 4:42 PM #446070
Why, out of the blue did they take an interest in this case? Something smells bad.
September 18, 2021 at 5:09 PM #446073soryangParticipant
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Same for the military institutions. This is a pathetic attempt to restore it. After 20 years of lies and cover ups by the national security combine, credibility isn’t going to be restored by this one story of suddenly finding a conscience about how many civilians you’ve slaughtered. Nothing’s changed. They’re only trying to change the focus from all their previous moral, ethical, and criminal lapses to this one egregious example of what has been going on for decades. I’m waiting for some diplomat to say of all the deaths in the post 911 US rampage, “I think it was worth it.”
I’ll not forget what one judge said to a murderer in the court on sentencing day, don’t come in here after you intentionally pulled the trigger and murdered someone, and cry that is was a mistake, it was an intentional deliberate act.
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