Huh. Is Trump going to announce that the ISIS fighters he set free now plan to lead quiet lives as accountants, the Turks will un-kill the Kurds, the Russians will go home, and Assad will turn himself in to the Hague? I ask because, if not, I'm going to sleep in tomorrow.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 27, 2019
Curious how this 2012 sentiment will match up with tomorrow morning’s statement https://t.co/bLMUZzPTng
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) October 27, 2019
Publicity-grab sequels seldom match the success of the originals. Title of this post from a Christopher Dickey article in the Daily Beast, “Trump Turns Baghdadi’s Killing Into a Reality Show”:
PARIS—President Donald J. Trump wants you to see his new movie: “Bring Me the Head of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
At a special Sunday morning press conference in Washington D.C., Trump described the way U.S. Special Operations Forces attacked Baghdadi’s compound and killed him in such graphic and explicit detail that some intelligence professionals worried he may have revealed, again, too much about sources and methods.
But Trump knows great television when he sees it, and he was enthusiastic about the images he was watching from the White House situation room Saturday night. “It was absolutely perfect, as though you were watching a movie,” he said…
The reasons such a video of the 2011 Osama operation was not released are the same ones that the intelligence community will use to argue against dissemination of the Baghdadi death: because such images could compromise so much about the operation.
But quite apart from Trump’s worthy desire to undermine the messaging of the still virulent ISIS organization, there is also his unworthy inclination to gloat. Remember when Trump tweeted a highly classified high-resolution image of a failed Iranian missile launch earlier this year for little more reason, it would seem, that smug self-satisfaction?
Trump hates it when the fast-turning news cycle that he uses effectively to obscure his failings also works to push his accomplishments into oblivion…
He’ll be tweeting obscenities — not dirty words, but actual graphic images & descriptions — no later than tomorrow morning. And that’s only if the Fox News prime-time lineup lathers sufficient Kim-Jong-un – style propaganda all this evening.
Trump was away from the White House for a round of golf until 4:18 pm yesterday. It appears this photo was staged. https://t.co/1K5TA6xwDQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2019
Turkey gave up the leader of a group Trump swore he had already defeated as repayment for paving the way for genocide. https://t.co/VOoXD1Vg6P
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 27, 2019
The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, happened largely in spite of President Trump’s actions, not because of them, according to military, intelligence and counterterrorism officials https://t.co/f7iowu8U54
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) October 27, 2019
Trump notified the Russians in advance, but not US’ congressional leadership.
In the press conference, First country Trump thanked: Russia, even though the Russians played NO role in assisting the operation.
In Trump’s “America First,” All roads lead to Putin. pic.twitter.com/4aCtKSsj61
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) October 27, 2019
And somehow, some way, Trump just ensures the killing of the leader of ISIS would be an even more potent recruitment tool as he strongmanned the announcement and reinforced the perception that the US is amoral and bloodthirsty.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) October 27, 2019
Wag the Dark Thirty
— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) October 27, 2019
Sorry he’s ruining your big moment to declare this the day he became president. https://t.co/PmhfrZaUrL
— Boo-risma Executive Board Member (@agraybee) October 27, 2019
and, tbf, the bin laden raid… wasn’t even enough for Obama to coast to reelection on! These kill missions in the post-9/11 era do not matter in so many ways as much as leaders would like them to… which tells u something about the war on terror and its descendant
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) October 27, 2019