On Thursday, President Obama did something very unusual. He apologized for a drone strike. The strike, which was executed in January, targeted an Al-Qaeda compound in Pakistan. Obama apologized for it because it inadvertently killed hostages, including 73-year-old American hostage Warren Weinstein of Rockville, a fact revealed only yesterday.
Obama praised Weinstein, an aid worker and economic adviser who spent long stretches in Pakistan to “improve living conditions there,” for his “spirit of service.”
Weinstein’s family’s grief is compounded by their continual disappointment in the governments of the United States and Pakistan during Weinstein’s yearslong captivity.
In a statement, Elaine Weinstein thanked specific members of Congress and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their “relentless efforts to free [her] husband” , before adding: “Unfortunately, the assistance we received from other elements of the U.S. Government was inconsistent and disappointing over the course of three and a half years.”