This morning Donald Trump held an obnoxious and borderline maniacal press conference in which he took credit for yesterday’s U.S. military operation which reportedly took out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria. But it turns out Trump did everything he could to sabotage the military operation in question.
If you’re wondering if Donald Trump’s abrupt pullout from northern Syria ended up magically being part of some secret genius plan to take out Baghdadi, that definitely was not the case. Trump’s pullout actually made the mission against Baghdadi more difficult and more dangerous, according to two U.S. officials who are so bothered by what happened, they’re sharing their concerns with the New York Times.
The U.S. military had to switch to a nighttime raid because of Trump’s reckless pullout, which the gave the whole thing far weaker odds of being a success. Here’s how the NY Times ended up phrasing it: “Mr. al-Baghdadi’s death, [U.S. officials] said, occurred largely in spite of Mr. Trump’s actions.”
In other words, Donald Trump recklessly did everything he could to put U.S. military personnel in danger, and to decrease the odds of Baghdadi being taken down. We’re just darn lucky that Trump’s shenanigans didn’t cost the lives of any military personnel yesterday. This is on top of the fact that he was golfing when the raid began, he released an apparently staged photo of himself in the situation room, and he failed to notify Congress about the raid. This stunt could end up being yet another article of impeachment against Trump.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report