The Biden administration renewed the unprecedented reaction of members of the liberal media to its botched drone strike intended to target ISIS-K terrorists, but instead killed civilians in Afghanistan.
CNN presenter Jake Tapper kicked off his show Friday denouncing the Pentagon’s “massive and deadly error”.
“It’s a complete about-face from the Pentagon’s initial denial that they were wrong days after the attack,” Tapper told viewers.
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The Pentagon has boasted that “high-level” ISIS-K fighters who have been dubbed “planners and facilitators” of the August 26 suicide bombing that killed 13 US servicemen have been successfully targeted during a drone strike two days later. However, a week after an explosive New York Times report that ten civilians, including seven children, were killed instead of terrorists, the Pentagon confirmed the information.
Tapper’s colleague, CNN presenter Jim Sciutto, tweeted: “This is a horrific and sobering indictment of the administrator’s dependence on ‘on the horizon’ operations for the fight against terrorism in the future. “
Other media critics criticized the Pentagon’s overt “mistake”.
“A ‘mistake’ is when you forget to take out the trash or to sleep with your alarm clock on. It’s absolutely horrible,” responded Garrett Haake, NBC News correspondent.
“Seven children, who enthusiastically ran into the yard to meet their dad / uncle when he got home from work,” Axios reporter Jonathan Swan tweeted.
“It is deeply tragic and fitting that the last US military action before the withdrawal from Afghanistan was essentially a signature strike – a drone attack based on a behavior pattern, and not against a fully identified target,” wrote the MSNBC Editor-in-Chief Hayes Brown.
Others called on Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, who called the drone attack “a fair strike.”
“Mark Milley was the one who called it a ‘just strike’. It was a massacre,” wrote New York Times correspondent Alex Burns.
“After they called it ‘fair’, now they say a lot of innocent people are dead,” Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey also tweeted.
The media has been tough on President Biden since his administration implemented the chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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Biden has come under intense scrutiny for failing to keep his promise to save all U.S. and Afghan allies before withdrawing all troops from the country, which is now controlled by the Taliban, an invasion which the president has ensured will not end. would not occur during withdrawal.