In a defiant but necessary move, President Donald Trump kept many members of Congress in the dark about the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi until it was successfully finished, the Daily Caller reports.
The state of politics right now necessitates secrecy about military operations, because you never know who is going to start talking to the wrong people. Trump made the right call.
The Leak Machine
When speaking to reporters Sunday morning about the raid on al-Baghdadi, Trump clarified his decision to not inform Congress.
The main concern for the president was ensuring the safety of the special forces that were conducting the raid.
“We were going to notify them last night, but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before,” Trump said.
He continued: “I told my people we will not notify them until my great people are out… A leak could have caused the death of all of them [special forces].”
The raid on al-Baghdadi was a stunning success. Baghdadi was neutralized, and valuable intelligence was collected on future ISIS plans.
More importantly, this raid proved once again that the U.S. will find you, no matter who you are or where you hide. You will be hunted down and cornered.
With al-Baghdadi dead and ISIS crippled, is our mission in the area finally accomplished? Not if the Democrats have anything to say about it.
Not even days after the death of Baghdadi, speculators are discussing the need to stabilize the region. It is truly turning into Iraq 2.0 — except this time, we are willfully ignoring the lessons of the not so distant past.
President Trump wants us out of the Middle East, and he is right to make that a goal of his presidency. The U.S. has spent trillions of dollars, and thousands of lives, and has very little to show for it.
All we can do is crush the actors but we can never eradicate the ideas. It is time to truly embrace the idea of “America first.”