“Head of the United States Central Command Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced Friday that it is unlikely any ISIS-K members were killed in a Kabul drone strike on August 29, which led to multiple civilian casualties.
“We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or a direct threat to US forces,” McKenzie said of the airstrike at a briefing, following an investigation by the Military.
“This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport, but it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology,” Mckenzie said, adding that he is “fully responsible for this strike and this tragic outcome.“”
Comment: I wrote a comment somewhere in the “rear view mirror” about the vagaries of target intelligence. Mckenzie looks like a dummy to me. If they want to can him, I won’t cry much and not because he is a marine. LT Gen Mick Trainor USMC was one of my greatest friend in this life, or maybe any other. He was a soldier’s soldier. McKenzie took the blame for this. He cowboyed up and took it like a man. Mick would have liked that. I like it.
I don’t like the Bidenistas. The right wing media is having a good time thumping them about this but that is unfair and unrealistic.
McKenzie could not fail to act in the presence of a “threat” however ambiguous in evidence that threatened a repetition of the suicide bombing that killed 13 US and wounded many others. Evidence in targeting is often incomplete and ambiguous but the commander MUST decide and the intelligence guys must decide with him. In a similar situation I told MG George Forsyth USA, the CG of the First Cavalry Division that the enemy had three possible courses of action. He said , “No. I must commit my reserve in the morning, and you must commit with me.” We did commit and I learned a great lesson.” pl