The Biden administration took great pains to tout the effectiveness of its “over the horizon” capability to drone strike terror targets from great distances in the wake of the disastrous withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan.
Following the suicide bombing attack that claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members and injuring several more, the White House claimed that it completed a drone strike on a high-profile ISIS-K terror target. Following a report indicating that the target hit by the drone strike was an aid worker and his family, the administration refused to name the alleged terror target.
The official military report that “secondary explosions” confirmed the presence of explosives at the strike site was also contradicted by video evidence and testimony that there were no such explosions.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby spoke to the media about the strike on Monday and was asked if he could name the ISIS-K target. He again refused to answer, saying that the time “wasn’t right.” He said that the government’s assessment was “ongoing.” While he would not say who the target was, he did say that the strike prevented an “imminent attack” on the Kabul airport.
Sen. @RandPaul: "The guy the Biden administration droned: was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?"
Sec. Blinken: "I don't know because we're reviewing it."
Sen. Paul: "You'd think you'd kind of know before you off somebody with a predator drone." pic.twitter.com/kGWSuTySho
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 14, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the Senate on Tuesday and said that he did not know whether the drone strike target was a member of ISIS-K or an aid worker but that the administration was still investigating.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and asked Blinken if he didn’t know who the target was or if he was refusing to tell who the target was. Blinken said that he did not know “because we’re reviewing it.”
He observed that he would expect the administration to know “before you off somebody with a Predator drone.”
Paul continued by saying that never in his “worst nightmares” could he have imagined that the U.S. would withdraw from Afghanistan while leaving “$80 billion worth of weaponry to the Taliban.” He told Blinken that abandoning the equipment and allowing the situation leading to the airport bombing deaths was a nightmare of “colossal incompetence.”