My Mideast Punchlines: stuck in a groove…

American military officials have said the operation that resulted in the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi succeeded not thanks to US President Donald Trump, but despite his actions, a report said Sunday.

Trump took credit for the success of the daring Saturday nighttime raid by US special forces deep in northwest Syria, claiming in a press conference Sunday that Baghdadi had died “like a dog” and that the achievement was bigger than the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden during the Obama administration.

According to The New York Times, however, the raid had been planned for months, but Trump’s recent decision to pull US troops from northern Syria “disrupted the meticulous planning and forced Pentagon officials to press ahead with a risky, night raid before their ability to control troops and spies and reconnaissance aircraft disappeared.”

Baghdadi’s death “occurred largely in spite of Mr. Trump’s actions,” the report said, citing military, intelligence and counter-terrorism officials.

biffWell, waddya know, the NYT once again pulls the rug from under The Donald. Sure, Trump is going to claim credit with the lack of humility that is his signature characteristic, but any media organ can cite officials without naming them. The so-called “newspaper of record” has become so stuck in the groove of fake news and conspiracy theories that it can no longer be taken seriously.

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