Footage from the last airstrike of Operation Enduring Freedom captures the moment ten Afghan Civilians, including seven children, were killed as a way to net a quick win for the Pentagon.
This is it. This is the last American airstrike of Operation Enduring Freedom. 20-years of war wrapped up neatly in one quick video showcasing every single reason why we failed to win the conflict in Afghanistan. What you're looking at here is the death of ten Afghan civilians, including seven children, perpetrated by the senior leadership of the American military inside of the Pentagon looking to net a quick win after the disastrous suicide attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Every step of our withdrawal from Afghanistan was botched as a PR maneuver by both the senior leaders at the Pentagon and our current political administration. When this attack was initially conducted, we were sold on a drone strike against members of ISKP as retribution for their suicide attack which killed 13 U.S. Service members and 183 Afghan Civilians looking to flee Taliban control. Only, that didn't pan out as it became abundantly clear that the strike was cleared to net a quick win without any of the proper oversight that goes into making these kinds of strikes happen.
Investigative reports and civilian witnesses in Kabul quickly sank this win for the Pentagon. To avert disaster, military leaders attempted to blame the civilian deaths on a secondary explosion. You're looking at the same footage as me. Tell me where that secondary explosion happened at? We all knew they were full of it when they opened their mouths. Now we have the receipts.
This drone strike is a perfect metaphor for the end of Operation Enduring Freedom. It's exactly the reason we never had any hope of winning the conflict against the Taliban. We have military leaders without the moral courage to stand up and admit when they were wrong. We have senior politicians war profiteering without any threat of legal repercussions for their actions. Wonton explosives can't win a war against an insurgency, and an insurgency becomes even harder to defeat when your senior military leaders refuse to take an ounce of accountability for their own failures.
Yep. This is the last airstrike of Operation Enduring Freedom. It's simultaneously the last time Afghan civilians were killed by the Pentagon. I'm honestly at a loss for how anyone could look at this footage and not wonder why Generals up and down the halls of the Pentagon aren't being escorted out of the building in handcuffs. Of course, that would require someone somewhere taking accountability for their actions, and we all know that's just never going to happen. Wouldn't want to rock the General Officer Corps' boat.