Sunday Reads: Baghdadi?

This:

So…what can that be about?

Here are a few thoughts on the matter:

In other what the fuck news:

Another point to be made:

Did y’all see this?

Let’s end this…

…as an open thread.


30 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Baghdadi?”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    I feel if all this turns out to be true and correct, a successful military action will only solidify the situation that BB wrote about yesterday.

    With an obvious insecure election ahead of us…

  3. Enheduanna says:

    UGH – tuned in for AM Joy and got Dump droning and bragging. He’s taking credit for something that would never have happened without our Kurdish allies. He makes me so sick.

    And didn’t have the decency to inform Congressional leadership as it happened.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Yup…

      And then this shit:

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      • dakinikat says:

        https://crooksandliars.com/2019/10/trump-appears-have-staged-situation-room

        Donald Trump is so weak and pathetic he actually may have staged a photo from Saturday to make it appear as though he was monitoring the raid on the Baghdadi compound when his official schedule shows that he was actually on the golf course.

        It’s truly sad when the Reality Show President* is more concerned about appearances than doing the real work that every single other President did before him. Here is a great compilation of real and unstaged photos taken by Pete Souza from the Situation Room, taken during the raid on Osama bin Laden. The most iconic is this one:

      • Enheduanna says:

        I hope the media pursues this. That is totally believable. He was bragging about how they watched it like it was a movie. Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

        I can.not.believe these men sat there and posed with him.

  4. dakinikat says:

  5. dakinikat says:

    okay … so let’s chat about this one now

    • dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Trump says Russia, Iraq helped with al-Baghdadi operation

      In the hours before Trump’s news conference, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said it was a joint operation between them and the United States.

      Tweet:
      ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      Mazloum Abdî مظلوم عبدي ✔ @MazloumAbdi
      For five months there has been joint intel cooperation on the ground and accurate monitoring, until we achieved a joint operation to kill Abu Bakir al-Bagdadi.

      Thanks to everybody who participate in this great mission.@realDonaldTrump#SDF#USArmy #Rojava #Baghdadi 9,613 5:23 AM – Oct 27, 2019
      ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      Trump portrayed the U.S.-allied Kurds, who have carried the brunt of the recent U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria and whose value as allies Trump has minimized, as playing more of a bit part.

      When Trump initially thanked others, in fact, he mentioned Russia first, then Syria, Turkey and Iraq. He added that there was also “certain support [the Kurds] were able to give us.”
      Later, Trump would credit Russia first in the news conference, saying it was “great” and that Iraq was “excellent.”

      President Trump thanked Russia and Iraq for their involvement in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from the White House on Oct. 27. (The Washington Post)
      He also disclosed that Russia was given a heads-up about the operation, even as top Democrats in Congress were not. “We told them, ‘We’re coming in.’ … And they said, ‘Thank you for telling us,’ ” Trump said. He added, “They did not know the mission.”

      Trump said, however, that he didn’t tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) because he worried about leaks spoiling the operation. Before the news conference, there were reports that Trump also hadn’t notified House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), who is a leader of the impeachment inquiry against Trump but would generally be a member of Congress you’d inform about these things.

      Trump seems to be indicating that he trusts Russia with this information more than congressional Democrats, which will be a talking point in the days ahead. He also seems to be placing Russia ahead of the Kurds, even though Russia wasn’t actually involved in the mission, which seems a conspicuous choice.

      • NW Luna says:

        Forgot to include this sentence from that article. Hmm, if Trump’s not grabbing credit, something is very weird.

        The third striking thing is the credit-taking. Trump wasn’t initially very forward about how much credit he thought he deserved for this.

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