According to former Deputy Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Pardo-Maurer, our military knew about the Kabul suicide bomber that killed nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. service members – and even had the guy in their sights with a Predator drone – but refused permission to take him out.
Watch (it's in Spanish because Pardo-Maurer made the claim in an interview with Univision):
What is being said by people who were involved is that the Department of Defense already knew who the bomber was, and when [the bombing would occur], and that a Predator drone had a lock on him, OK, and that they refused to grant permission to fire upon that bomber. [Permission] was requested, and was denied. Why? Because we are in this process of negotiating with the Taliban, who aren't even in control of their own government or their own people.
That's some pretty damning stuff. It's one thing to botch everything so badly like we did at the airport.
It's a whole new level to hear that we could have done something about it.
What was the situation? Was the shot called off because it might kill several civilians in the crowded canal – civilians who were going to be blown up a short time later in a mass casualty event?
Decisions like that aren't easy, so it's good to be careful rushing into judgement until more details come to light. The scoop is only being reported by a handful of outlets such as The Post Millennial and the Media Research Center for the time being.
Apparently, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby has refused to talk about the allegation.
I have a feeling the details of the entire mess in Afghanistan the past few weeks are going to continue to reveal itself for a long, long time to come.
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