Michael Morell, the former Acting CIA Director under former President Barrack Obama, openly called for an investigation into a Biden authorized drone strike which resulted in the murder of an innocent family, including several children.
The drone strike was unleashed in Afghanistan and Morell says the Biden administration owes the American public the truth about how the disaster really happened.
Morell made the remarks in response to a question from CBS News host Margaret Brennan about a report in The New York Times on Friday that called into question the administration’s claims about the drone strike, noting that the man who was allegedly targeted was actually an aid worker for a U.S. organization – not an ISIS terrorist as Biden’s team had claimed.
Morell noted that the strike was not an “over the horizon” operation because the mission was carried out using assets who were on the ground in Afghanistan.
“You know, what happened here needs to be investigated,” Morell said. “And I would hope that the administration, once it does the investigation, that it tells all of us publicly exactly what happened, and if we made a mistake, why. You know, President Obama was very strong on being open about making mistakes with drone strikes. And I think this administration needs to do the same.”
When asked whether or not this was a question for the Pentagon or the CIA, Morell responded, “It’s a question for the White House.”
Morell further suggested during the interview that the Biden administration’s actions in Afghanistan have “inspired jihadists” all over the world, and that the Taliban is already back to harboring al-Qaeda.
Morell responded to the news that Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, had issued a video on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when asked by Brennan if al-Zawahiri was living in Afghanistan, as a U.N. report recently said.
“We think so, which means that the Taliban is harboring Zawahiri today,” Morell said. “The Taliban is harboring al-Qaeda today. And I think that’s a very important point.”
Morell discussed the numerous issues that the U.S. is now facing since President Joe Biden pulled U.S. forces out of the country, noting that it’s going to be significantly harder to collect intelligence and to execute operations aimed at eliminating threats.
Morell also noted that al-Qaeda could completely “bounce back” within the next 12 months because of the safe haven that Afghanistan provides, and that makes Afghanistan the greatest long-term risk for the U.S. when it comes to terrorism.
“I think that the Taliban winning the war in Afghanistan and then the way our exit happened has absolutely inspired jihadists all over the world,” Morell later added.
“The Taliban is saying we just didn’t defeat the United States. We defeated NATO. We defeated the world’s greatest military power ever. So there’s a celebration going on. We defeated the Soviet Union. Then it fell. Now we’ve defeated NATO. Right? Maybe they can fall, too.”
“I think not only will jihadists be inspired, but a lot of them are going to come to Afghanistan to be part of the celebration, to be part of jihadist central,” he added. “So after 9/11, they all scattered from Afghanistan. I think we’re going to see a flow back in, and that’s one of the things that makes Afghanistan more dangerous than other spots on the planet.”
Author: Marcus Harris