The Pentagon admitted that a drone strike in Afghanistan was a “tragic mistake” after the Biden administration hailed it as “righteous” for weeks. An apology from the U.S. appears to mean little to Kabul residents who are now mourning after the strike killed 10 people last month. Seven of those casualties were children.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the Biden administration while asserting leaders aren’t prepared to protect America’s interests. During an interview Sunday, he criticized a number of decisions made by the administration on Afghanistan, including what resulted in the deaths of civilians and Americans in the country.
Former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike Mullen appeared to defend the current chairman’s calls with China. On Sunday, Mullen told ABC that having conversations with foreign counterparts is routine. Therefore, he asserted Gen. Mark Milley did not act abnormally.
From his home in Germany, a retired Marine colonel and author highlighted his work with former colleagues to rescue several hundred Americans stuck in Afghanistan. One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.
Lawmakers are threatening to subpoena Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin after he failed to attend a Senate hearing regarding the Afghanistan withdrawal on Tuesday. Austin claimed due to a “scheduling conflict” he was unable to make it.
Global leaders are coming together to fill the reservoir of humanitarian funds for the people of Afghanistan. On Monday, the United Nations held a donor conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where donors reportedly pledged more than $1.2 billion.
A Democrat congressman called out Joe Biden’s State Department while stating they have not given him an answer on how many Americans are still in Afghanistan.
Members within the Biden administration are working to downplay the U.S. cooperation with the Taliban. During her briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to deny that the White House is close to recognizing the Taliban as a legitimate international authority.