Did anybody see any crying or whimpering?

Courtesy of Reuters

The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend’s commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned the militant group may attempt to stage a “retribution attack.”

The declassified, grainy, black-and-white aerial videos from Saturday’s raid showed U.S. special operations forces closing in on the compound and U.S. aircraft firing on militants nearby.

The most dramatic video showed a massive, black plume of smoke rising from the ground after U.S. military bombs leveled Baghdadi’s compound.

“It looks pretty much like a parking lot, with large potholes,” said Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East.

The commander also explained that the reason for the total destruction of the compound was so that the surviving ISIS members would not turn it into a shrine. 

General McKenzie was also asked directly about Trump’s contention that Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying.”

McKenzie did not back up or knock down Trump’s dramatic account of Baghdadi’s final moments, which the president delivered during a televised address to the nation on Sunday. Trump said Baghdadi “died a coward — crying, whimpering, screaming.”

Asked about Trump’s account, McKenzie said: “About Baghdadi’s last moments, I can tell you this: He crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up as his people stayed on the ground.”

“So you can deduce what kind of person he is based on that activity… I’m not able to confirm anything else about his last seconds. I just can’t confirm that one way or another.”

Somehow I doubt that Donald Trump has access to information that somehow evaded the commander in charge of the raid. 

So even when reporting on an incident that should finally make him look like a commander-in-chief Trump cannot help but lie about the details. 

By the way it is still worth noting that the UN has as of yet not seen evidence that Baghdadi was killed in this attack.