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Give Trump Credit and Thanks for the Killing of ISIS Leader Baghdadi

Give Trump Credit and Thanks for the Killing of ISIS Leader Baghdadi
In this file photo taken on October 28, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak during the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

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Friday, 01 November 2019 01:19 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Give credit where credit is due. When President Donald J. Trump does the correct thing, the right thing, the against-all-odds thing and scores a huge victory for freedom and for democracy and for the American way, he should be thanked.

Everyone — and that means everyone, should stand up and applaud. Even if you are a Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Independent or Libertarian. Even if you viscerally and intellectually really, really, dislike him. You applaud. You acknowledge a job well done.

It's no different than when your arch rival sports team makes a great play, a one-in-a-million, perfect triple play. You respect the players for the deed they accomplished and you show your respect not by booing and hissing and displaying "anti" placards and signs, but by acknowledging the greatness of what has been done and complimenting the opposing team.

Eliminating Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is, in the world of international diplomacy and security, that one-in-a-million, perfect triple play.

To have The Washington Post glorify Baghdadi, one of the most brutal murderers of the modern era as an “Austere Religious Scholar” stuns in its absurdity and its disrespect for history and humanity. To continue on and eulogize this master mind of mass murder with the words "Dies at 48" is to forgive him for all the pain and all the sorrow he has sewn. And this was a rework of the original headline which called Baghdadi "Terrorist in Chief."

The best that the Washington Post could do and grudgingly so, was to conjure up a new headline on their Monday morning website, one that read: "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Extremist Leader of Islamic State, dies at 48." Better, but it still far from a true depiction of the magnitude of the news and certainly a whitewash of the details surrounding his demise.

This venerable newspaper, now owned by Amazon founder, CEO, and president Jeff Bezos, did not stand alone in its inability to compliment President Trump on a job well done. They covered the story — because they had to, twisting a significant moment in military history into the glorification of a mass murderer. It is hard to imagine a distain so deeply ingrained that headline writers, editors, and publishers could not bring themselves to condemn evil and bless its destruction.

Their hatred of the person who rid the world of such evil is greater than their hatred of the man who wished to kill each and every one of us and obliterate all that we believe in and have fought so hard to achieve. A man who thought nothing of burning people alive and massacred tens of thousands of people was treated with more kindness and compassion than the man who just happens to be the elected leader of the most freedom loving country in the world, who brought him down.

I'm an equal opportunity critic. Everything President Trump does as president is not perfect. And when I disagree with his policies, statements, actions or tweets, I explain where he is off base. I analyze his decision and provide honest feedback. I'm not biting or spiteful. I'm not hurtful. My critique is meant to advance the conversation and even to change policy to bring about a more effective stance on a situation. I disagreed with President Trump's withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria and I stated my point. But I also made it clear that I fully understand why he is doing it.

I think he would appreciate the honesty and the analysis. And I know that it is how we should play the game, all thinkers can and should be able to disagree about ideas. And while all ideas should be respected, that is not what I am seeing, hearing, reading, in America today.

Politics and political discourse have devolved into a strident oppositional wrestling match. The opposition — and it makes no difference what side one is on — is treated as vapid, insensitive, wrong and downright evil. For the left, Donald Trump has become a symbol of that evil and of racism and oppression. Their consensus is that anyone who supports Trump or votes for Trump is a racist. And analyzing the reaction we saw following the targeting of Baghdadi, that translates to mean that Trump supporters are worse than ISIS and Trump is worse than Baghdadi.

That is the only way to explain how a major media organization, a newspaper of record, could warp reality with those ridiculous headlines. Intellectual honesty and ethics demand that we acknowledge the greatness of the moment, no matter what one thinks of the man who gave the order.

Micah Halpern is a political and foreign affairs commentator. He founded "The Micah Report" and hosts "Thinking Out Loud with Micah Halpern" a weekly TV program and "My Chopp" a daily radio spot. A dynamic speaker, he specializes in analyzing world events and evaluating their relevance and impact. Follow him on Twitter @MicahHalpern. To read more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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Give credit where credit is due. When President Donald J. Trump does the correct thing, the right thing, the against-all-odds thing and scores a huge victory for freedom and for democracy and for the American way, he should be thanked.
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