Sen. Rand Paul Blasts Blinken on Predator Drone Strike

Sen. Rand Paul Blasts Blinken on Predator Drone Strike Sen. Rand Paul Blasts Blinken on Predator Drone Strike Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks through the Senate subway on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Tuesday, 14 September 2021 08:18 PM

Sen. Rand Paul confronted Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a drone strike that killed an aid worker and children instead of the intended target, which was believed to be a member of ISIS-K.

Paul argued that it would make more sense to use the bombs, which he points out the United States military has plenty of, to bomb the planes and equipment left behind in Afghanistan, rather than an unspecified target. Paul added that there would be "blowback" from the Afghan community from bombing such unidentified targets, which would create more terrorists.

According to the Daily Caller, Paul said, "never in my worst nightmares did anyone or conceive of such a colossal incompetence," speaking to the decision to abandon Bagram Air Base along with billions in military equipment.

"Don't we have some prohibition against giving aid and comfort to the enemy?" he continued, condemning the idea to release aid to the Afghan region.

"Can you pledge today without equivocation that the administration will not release any of this money to the Taliban?" Paul asked Blinken.

Blinken replied, "absent the Taliban making good on the commitments and expectations of the international community that I've outlined previously, that's correct."

The Kentucky senator then asked Blinken whether he knew the person killed in a drone strike was an aid worker or a member of ISIS-K.

"The administration is, of course, reviewing that strike, and I'm sure a full assessment will be forthcoming," Blinken answered.

"You don't know if it was an aid worker or an ISIS operative?" Paul persisted.

"So you don't know or won't tell us," Paul asked.

"I don't know," Blinken responded.

Paul replied. "You think you'd kind of know before you off somebody with a Predator drone, whether he's an aid worker or he's an ISIS-K. If it's true, but I see these pictures of these beautiful children that were killed in the attack, if that's true and not propaganda. If that's true, guess what maybe you created hundreds or thousands of new potential terrorists from bombing the wrong people, so you gotta know we can't sort of have an investigation after we kill people, we have an investigation before we kill people."

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