During testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made a jaw-dropping admission that the Biden administration is uncertain if a recent lethal drone strike ordered against a suspected ISIS terrorist was in fact actually carried out against an aid worker affiliated with a U.S. aid group.
The New York Times reported last week that the drone strike, reportedly the last missile fired by the U.S. in Afghanistan, was carried out against what officials thought was an ISIS ally with a car bomb but who was apparently actually a longtime aid worker with the U.S. group Nutrition and Education International.
Blinken's admission came during an exchange with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul:
Rand Paul: The guy the Biden administration droned, was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?
Anthony Blinken: The Administration is of course reviewing that strike, and I'm sure that a full assessment will be forthcoming.
RP: So you don't know if it was an aide worker or an ISIS-K operative?
AB: I can't speak to that, and I can't speak to that in this setting in any event.
RP: So you don't know or you won't tell us?
AB: I don't know, because we're reviewing it.
As Paul said: "You think you'd kind of know before you off somebody with a Predator drone." You'd think!
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