Vice President Pence says that al-Baghdadi is dead and its a victory for America. The most wanted terrorist in the world is dead. President Trump and Vice President Pence were informed on Friday that there was a very good chance al-Baghdadi was in the compound. As the information developed, the President made the decisive decision on Saturday morning to go in and capture, or kill, the terrorist. All happening within a few short hours. Without the obstruction of Adam Schiff or Nancy Pelosi.
“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.” – President Donald J. Trump
There was a $25 million U.S. bounty on the head of al-Baghdadi, who, in his only previous video, recorded in a Mosul mosque in 2014, called himself “Caliph,” or leader of all Muslims. He has been a US target since April 2015 when he received severe injuries during the airstrike on 18 March 2015, in Mosul.
After notifying the American people that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead, a reporter asks the President if he has “notified the congressional leaders about this? Pelosi, Schiff, Mitch McConnell?” The President’s response is all about how little trust he has for the Democrat party. In his blunt style he responds – no, not all.
Why? Because Schiff would have been on CNN last night telling their handful of viewers that the President was conducting overreach and that the raid and killing of the terrorist leader was further proof that the President is a tyrant, dictator, Russian stooge. Take your pick.
We notified some. Others are being notified now as I speak. We were going to notify them last night but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before. There’s no country in the world that leaks like we do. And Washington is a leaking machine. And I told my people we will not notify them until our great people are out, not just in, but out. I don’t want to have them greeted with firepower like you wouldn’t believe. So, we were able to get in. It was top secret…
A leak could have cost the deaths of all of them.
Repeating, a leak could have cost the death of all of them. Them being our American troops. Reports are that there were minor injuries, including to a warrior canine, but that all, footed and furred, will recover 100%.
This win belongs to the President and Vice President, the military leaders, and the intelligence community, but more importantly, the American people.
A parable for the times
Democrats are most distraught because, along with a historically low 3.5 unemployment rate recently announced, the killing of al-Baghdadi is another campaign promise win for the President and Americans. Which is an intolerable situation for Democrats. Despite everything they do, complain about, and obstruct, President Trump, is like the children’s parable of the Little Engine That Could. The Red Engine, full of food and toys for the children of the Mountain Village is the President’s promises.
The little blue engine is President Trump and his policies that are bringing food and toys to the children of the Mountain Village. Despite the shiny hauling diesel that is Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Nadler’s refusal of help. Or the passenger train that only pulls the cars of the rich and powerful that represents the leading rich and powerful of the Democrat party.
As the little blue engine tugs the disabled train along, the Deplorable, err, I mean toys, jump off to lighten the load and encourage the process with cries of “I think I can.” Which may very well be how President Trump addresses problems – I think I can… and this is how,
It is a brief 4 minute listen. The analogy is dead on.
The whines of Adam Schiff on ABC This Week
Schiff appeared on “This Week” moments after President Donald Trump announced the raid in northwestern Syria on Saturday.
“My understanding [Pelosi] wasn’t [told]. But a couple of things, first of all, good riddance. [Al-Baghdadi] was a bloodthirsty killer to the degree that he retained operational control of ISIS, Schiff said.
“This is an operational success, this is a symbolic victory. He had the blood of thousands and thousands of people on his hands, including many Americans and American journalists. So, this a great day, a ruthless killer has been brought to Justice. “
Note, not a bit of thank you or congratulations to our troops, Generals or Commander in Chief. But read Schiff’s parsing of words – operational control, symbolic victory, operational success. Yes, there is a symbolic victory here, but there is also a real military victory. A victory as important, if not more so for the region at this time, as the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Watch, or listen, to this May 2016 video that explains who al-Baghdadi is and his importance to the Caliphate:
Schiff says the gang of 8, a bipartisan group of eight United States Senators—four Democrats and four Republicans—who wrote the first draft of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 were not told about the operation before it was carried out:
“In terms of notifying the Gang of 8, that wasn’t done,” Schiff said.
And looking at the Gang of 8 members, there is a good reason the secret was not shared. Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Mark Warner are all known leakers who “hate the President more than they love America.”
- United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
- United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
- Leadership in the United States House of Representatives:
- Leadership in the United States Senate:
On Chris Wallace Fox News Sunday, Eric Slawell complains that the President did not fully inform Congress of the action. Whether it was for political or expedency we may never know, but a betting person would lay odds either way.
Why do we care what Pete Souza thinks?
Pete Souza is a very talented photographer that captured many of the Obama administration’s most iconic photos. Including the image of the Obama “War Room” taken during the raid and killing of Osama Bin-Laden. It’s a great photo, however, isn’t it possible that President Trump was more interested in the pulling off the raid without a leak? Sending a photographer into the war room my have signaled to someone that something was happening.
Nonetheless, Souza thinks we care what he thinks:
The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30PM Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at “17:05:24”. https://t.co/XV0MFfFiTt
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) October 27, 2019
The photo of the al-Baghdadi war room shows National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Deputy Director for Special Operations on the Joint Staff Marcus Evans. They all face the direction of the camera, appearing to watch the raid.
Nonetheless, the photo does appear to have been taken after the troops were safe and the chance for any speculative leaks could sneak out.
It appears that the President’s operation was tightly controlled to a need to know. Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi or Whitehouse photographers were not among the small group of “need to know” required to successfully complete the mission without loss of American troop lives. They also complain that he was not in the war room, but playing golf while it happened. Virtually calling the President a liar.
Not even going to post the vile outrage on Twitter – because there is little truth to their fictions. One of the biggest complaints – the President told Russia, among other allies in the region, that America was conducting an operation in the area. Why would the President call President Putin over Nancy Pelosi? Why would the President thank everyone involved, a group that does not include any Congressional leadership?
Nancy Pelosi took to the microphones and Twitter not to celebrate but to disparage the President:
“Americans salute the heroism, dedication and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals and acknowledge the work of our partners in the region,” the California Democrat said in the release. “We are relieved that no U.S. personnel died in this daring raid.”
“The death of al-Baghdadi is significant, but the death of this ISIS leader does not mean the death of ISIS,” the release continued. “Scores of ISIS fighters remain under uncertain conditions in Syrian prisons, and countless others in the region and around the world remain intent on spreading their influence and committing acts of terror.”
“This month, the House passed a joint resolution on an overwhelmingly bipartisan 354-60 basis which rejects President Trump’s green-lighting of Turkish aggression into Syria against our Kurdish partners, and calls on him to present a clear strategy to defeat ISIS,” Pelosi said. “The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region. Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington.”
Pelosi also took exception to not being notified while pointing out that Russia was made aware — this being a tactical necessity, as the Russians had military assets in the area. Trump says eight helicopters ferried in American troops, including the Delta Force and Night Stalker teams, from an unspecified location in what he described as a risky, roughly hour-long flight.
Because Obama gave Russia control over large amount of Syria and we needed to safely fly our troops through their airspace, a call to President Putin was protocol. (To Assuage Russia, Obama Administration Backed Off Syria Chemical Weapons – Foreign Policy) It was more about asking them not to blow our troops out of the air than working with him on the raid.
However, for Democrats, this win for America, and President Trump, is a loss for Democrats who are watching the 2020 Election slip from their grasp. This is just another nail in their political coffin.
Why can’t we get along?
America celebrated after the death of Bin-Laden. And that that celebration was more ‘heartfelt’ has more to do with the fact that Bin-Laden killed more than 3,000 people in the Twin Tower, Pentagon and United Flight 93 attacks in Shanksville, PA. Every America, it seems, knew who Bin-Laden was and celebrated his death. Al-Baghdad, while being the mastermind behind the deaths of thousands of Muslims as well as Americans and our allies, he is not as well known.
For Fox News Opinion, Johnny “Joey” Jones, an Afghanistan veteran who lost his legs and friends a decade after we invaded that country to eliminate the threat of Al Qaeda and kill Bin Laden writes:
Today should quiet voices of partisanship and give way to celebrating a moment in history when honorable men and women executed orders and brought some semblance of justice to four American families and countless innocent people around the world who have suffered from the actions of this religious perversion we call ISIS, which was led by Baghdadi. But that isn’t the Washington way, although I would argue it is the American way. – (Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones: Celebrate Baghdadi’s death — and America’s resolve to fight terror)
Democrats will not give the President, or our military, they same win they offered Obama.
Nancy Pelosi statement on ISIS leader al-Baghdadi:
“Americans salute the heroism, dedication & skill of our military & our intelligence professionals”
Pelosi on bin Laden:
“I salute President Obama, his national security team … [& our] intelligence community & military” pic.twitter.com/1sFrhMMjtR
Of al-Baghdadi, the President says: He died like a dog. He died like a coward. And the world is a much better place for it.