Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the Bush and Obama administration stated that although he believes it was a genuine mistake, the US 'absolutely' needs to take responsibility for the attack.
Mullen was interviewed by ABC's Martha Raddatz, who asked him his stance on the issue after Head of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie publicly apologized and recognized the mistake made by US intelligence that killed aid worker Zemari Ahmadi and nine family members who had no connection to ISIS-K.
'Tragic, tragic mistake and just, my heart goes out to the family members who were so deeply affected.
'I thought what general McKenzie did was right- admit and apologize and look-and he also spoke later of reparations,' Mullen said.
Mullen brought up reparations hinted in McKenzie's public apology, and a review of the military's inquiry into the attack ordered by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the Bush and Obama administration said that the Pentagon was right in apologizing and offering reparations to the family of victims of the botched drone strike in Afghanistan
When asked if he thought there should be accountability, Mullen did not hesitate.
'Absolutely. I think there should. This was obviously an incredibly complex, fast-moving situation. We lost those 13 military members a couple of days before that,'
'There was clear intelligence that additional strikes were on the way, so it was in that environment in which this strike actually took place.'
'As sad as it was, and it was almost like you had an individual in a truck who was loading big water bottles. All of which sort of fitted. We just got caught up in the specifics of it,' he concluded.
'I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed,' McKenzie said in an apology in which the Pentagon