I knew it!
Courtesy of NYT:
It was a vivid scene worthy of the ending of a Hollywood thriller, the image of a ruthless terrorist mastermind finally brought to justice “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to his death. But it may be no more true than a movie script.
In the days since President Trump gave the world a graphic account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s last minutes, no evidence has emerged to confirm it. The secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the regional commander who oversaw the operation that killed the leader of the Islamic State all say they have no idea what the president was talking about.
Four other Defense Department officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share details of the raid, said they had seen no after-action reports, situation reports or other communications that support Mr. Trump’s claim. Nor did they have any indication that Mr. Trump spoke with any of the Delta Force commandos or ground commanders in the hours between the Saturday night raid and his Sunday morning televised announcement.
One American official who was deeply familiar with the operation dismissed the president’s version of events as mere grandstanding. Another senior official briefed extensively on the mission said, “I don’t know how he would know that. It sounds like something he made up.” The surveillance drone video Mr. Trump watched in the Situation Room had no live audio.
I don’t know about all of you but Trump’s version of Baghdadi’s last days has irritated the shit out of me since I first heard it.
Look Baghdadi was a truly despicable human being by all accounts and I hope his last moments were filled with terror.
However as soon as I heard Trumps’ discription I knew that he was lying through his teeth.
That kind of exaggeration is common among bullies who are secretly insecure about their masculinity.
Trump does this kind of thing constantly, and we have seen it multiple times.
But in this case Trump was relaying important information about a military operation that supposedly removed a dangerous threat.
That is NOT the time for hyperbole and exaggeration.
Trump has completely undermined the integrity of the White House in way that I worry it will take years to repair.