Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Sunday that the president’s fiercest critics owed everyone who played a role in the death of the brutal Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, including the president, a debt of gratitude.
“This is a moment where we should all be proud of our American military and our intelligence community,” Graham said. “This is a moment where President Trump’s worst critics should say, ‘Well done, Mr. President.'”
And that’s precisely what Trump did after the May 2011 killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by a U.S. Navy SEAL team.
“I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men and women of the armed forces for a job well done,” Trump said, at a time when he was described as “a sharp critic” of the president.
“We should spend the next several days not debating party politics but in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11, and those currently fighting for our freedom,” Trump continued. “God bless America.”
Obama’s mum on this latest raid. The last entry on his Twitter feed is dated October 18.
However, top Democrats, including 2020 presidential candidates, were quick to praise the intelligence community and military for the most part — though not the president, beginning with former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I congratulate our special forces, our intelligence community, and all our brave military professionals on delivering justice to the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” Biden said in a statement. “It is thanks to their courage and relentless determination to carry out their mission that ISIS has suffered a vital loss.”
Similarly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., acknowledged that the terrorist leader’s death “is a setback for ISIS and a victory for justice.” She added, “I am grateful for the skill and courage of our special operations and intelligence professionals.”
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg also acknowledged that taking al-Baghdadi out was “a blow against ISIS and an important step in the fight against stateless terrorism.” Although he didn’t mention the president by name or title, it could be implied when he added, “Credit should go to all who were involved; above all to the brave Americans in uniform and intelligence professionals who risked their lives to complete this mission. Today, we honor them.”
The statement provided by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, totally lacked grace. He didn’t even bother thanking the U.S. special forces team members who staged the raid — only U.S. allies.
“Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was a murderer and terrorist responsible for terrible suffering and death,” he said. “The fight against ISIS would not be possible without the brave efforts of the Kurds and other U.S. allies.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., applauded the raid’s success and al-Baghdadi’s death, but was miffed that the president didn’t brief her and other congressional leaders.
“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,” her statement concluded. “Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington.”
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, named the mission after Kayla Mueller, a young, idealistic Christian humanitarian activist and aid worker. The Prescott, Arizona, native was kidnapped and repeatedly beaten and raped by al-Baghdadi himself. She was killed 18 months after her capture during an allied airstrike.
Unlike Democrats, family members of the terrorist’s victims like Mueller were quick to express their gratitude to everyone — including Trump.
"We are so grateful for them ... we are so grateful," Marsha Mueller, Kayla’s mother, told the Arizona Republic. "I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been."
Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by members of the Islamic State, also gave her thanks.
"I am grateful to our President and brave troops for finding ISIS leader Al-Bagdadi (sic.)," she said in a statement published by the James Foley Foundation. "I hope this will hinder the resurgence of terror groups and pray that captured ISIS fighters will be brought to trial and held accountable."
With these few exceptions, one gets the feeling that if Trump had singlehandedly cured cancer, he’d be denounced for putting oncologists out of work.
As for Pelosi’s demand for a briefing, when Julius Caesar defeated Pharnaces II of Pontus during the Battle of Zela in 47 BC, he briefed the Roman Senate simply, “I came; I saw; I conquered.”
In return for the lack of support Pelosi gives the Trump administration, he may want to brief Congressional Democrats similarly. “We came; we saw; he died.”
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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