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Pentagon officials deem no accountability needed after botched drone strike kills 10 civilians, 7 of whom were kids

“I found that given the information they had and the analysis that they did — I understand they reached the wrong conclusion, but … was it reasonable to conclude what they concluded based on what they had? It was not unreasonable. It just turned out to be incorrect,” said Lt. Gen. Sami Said, the Air Force’s inspector general.

That was the excuse given earlier this week by the Pentagon mouthpiece in response to its finding related to an Aug. 29 drone strike that killed 10 innocent civilians in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to an AP report.

In other words, “my bad, sorry.” That’s it. On the so-called “independence” of the investigation, Zero Hedge reported: “The review was overseen by Air Force Lt. Gen. Sami Said. The military deemed him an ‘independent’ judge in the matter due to his not being connected to any operations in Afghanistan.”

That Aug. 29 drone strike was made in the waning days of the botched Afghanistan pullout. The Biden administration came out bragging that the strike killed ISIS-K terrorists. Actually, it killed Zemerai Ahmadi, a humanitarian aid worker for the American organization Nutrition and Education International (NEI), and 9 of his family members, 7 children included.

Steven Kwon, NEI’s president, told the AP: “According to the Inspector General, there was a mistake but no one acted wrongly, and I’m left wondering, how can that be? Clearly, good military intentions are not enough when the outcome is 10 precious Afghan civilian lives lost and reputations ruined.”

Unfortunately, such a finding appears to have been baked into the cake. Matt Agorist, for the Free Thought Project, noted that the U.S. Central Command already stated on Sept. 17, just a few weeks after the strike, that “no disciplinary action expected” before any investigation began.

“We are certain that the Ahmadi family — at least what’s left of them — heard this statement and is now content with their entire family being turned into a fine red mist that day,” Agorist writes. “There is probably no ill will any longer. After all, the 7 children that were murdered that day, were only murdered because the US murder machine was acting on ‘incorrect’ information and ‘concluded that what they had concluded was the wrong conclusion.’ Case closed.”

Agorist added: “But fret not free world, the Pentagon simply made a mistake and if we are to maintain our freedom, mistakes like this one are part of the routine. After all, you have to crack a few eggs to make on omelet, right? You have to blow up a few thousand children to ‘protect freedom,’ right? The good news is, there is very little freedom left in America for the terrorists to hate, so we should be done blowing up children for freedom any day now. Right?”

Meanwhile, the report of the findings from the investigation is classified, hasn’t even been given to Congress, according to The Washington Post.

But, after all, there is no morality to be found in Washington as Antony Blinken, Biden’s secretary of state, who admitted on Sept. 14 the administration had no idea if any ISIS-K were killed, despite the administration lying to the public right after.

Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Kentucky) response to Blinken’s callous attitude: “Well, see, you think you’d kind of know before you off somebody with a predator drone whether he’s an aid worker or he’s an ISIS-K. See, the thing is, this isn’t just you. It’s been going on for administration after administration. The Obama administration droned hundreds and hundreds of people. And the thing is, there is blowback to that …. Maybe you’ve created hundreds or thousands of new potential terrorists from bombing the wrong people. So, you got to know, we can’t sort of have an investigation after we kill people. We have an investigation before we kill people.”


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