President Donald Trump’s obliteration of the world’s most dangerous terrorist, Islamic State mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has prompted nothing but anguish and melancholy from the left.
Washington Post columnist Max Boot impugned one of the most consequential moments of Trump’s presidency by blasting the commander-in-chief.
Detailing the U.S. military operation that decimated the vile terrorist leader and the raid and strategy that led to the ISIS leader’s death in a live press conference, Trump explained on Sunday that Baghdadi “will not escape the final Judgment of God” — “died like a coward, running and crying” — ” died like a dog” — “whimpering, screaming, and crying” — “scared out of his mind.”
“The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, and total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him. We were in the compound for approximately two hours, and after the mission was accomplished we took highly sensitive material and information from the raid. Much having to do with ISIS origins, future plans, things that we very much want,” he said.
Despite Trump’s insistence, that al-Baghdadi “died like a coward,” Boot argued, “the raping terrorist was actually courageous because he blew himself and his children up.”
“Trump could not have heard ‘whimpering and crying’ because there was no audio, and Esper and Milley refused to confirm those details,” the Never Trumper tweeted. “The assertion that Baghdadi died as a coward was contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured he blew himself up.”
After igniting backlash while defending Baghdadi, Boot deleted the tweet and revised his column.
“An earlier version included a sentence questioning whether Trump was right to call Baghdadi a coward. That was removed b/c it wrongly conveyed the impression that I considered Baghdadi courageous. As I wrote Sun: Baghdadi was ‘a sick and depraved man.’”
In a column titled, ‘Baghdadi’s death could have been Trump’s finest hour. He messed it up anyway,’ Boot accused Trump of fabricating the details of Baghdadi’s death.
“A president who has never heard a shot fired in anger reveled in Baghdadi’s last moments, even claiming ‘he died like a coward … whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.’ Trump could not possibly have heard “whimpering and crying” on the overhead imagery because there was no audio,” he wrote.
“President Trump has a preternatural ability to turn any occasion, no matter how solemn or important, into a ridiculous, risible spectacle,” he continued. “He did it again Sunday in announcing the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. When he began to ad-lib about what happened near Idlib, Syria, he treated the world to his usual blend of braggadocio and bluster — dishonest and distasteful in equal measure.”
In the wake of Baghdadi’s death, actress and left-wing activist Jamie Lee Curtis was also proven to be a terrorist sympathizer.
“He may have died a coward @realDonaldTrump but ALL living things suffer when they are blown up. Anyone who has experienced warfare, unlike yourself, would know that,” she wrote on Twitter. “War is brutal. Dogs are brave, bold, loyal, loving and healing.”
Four Americans were brutally killed while al-Baghdadi was in power. James Foley, a celebrated journalist, was kidnapped by ISIS and beheaded in 2014 by order of al-Baghdadi. Kay Mueller, a humanitarian travelling with Syrian contractors for Doctors without Borders was working in Syria when she was kidnapped by ISIS. Mueller was raped, tortured, and enslaved by the terrorist group until her death. Steven Sotloff, a reporter for TIME, was captured by ISIS militants in 2013 while reporting on the civil war in Syria between Islamist forces and then beheaded in 2014 by the same jihadi that slaughtered James Foley. Peter Kassig, who deployed to Iraq as an Army Ranger in 2007, went to Syria to help Syrian Civil War refugees in 2012. He was captured by ISIS soon after and beheaded in 2014.
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