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You cannot promote the rule of law by loudly bragging about committing murder. You cannot end terrorism by committing terrorism. Here is a U.S. president openly proclaiming that he has committed murder in order to let people be afraid they'll be next. If anything fits the definition of terrorism, that does. The U.S. public cannot see it because (1) whatever the U.S. does is good, (2) Trump's fans support anything he does, (3) loyalists of the Democratic Party believe that any crimes Barack Obama committed can never be crimes even if Trump commits them. But this crime is not just accepted; it's a point of pride -- a way to feel superior to other countries that have not murdered any terrorists or even created any terrorists to murder.

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It is not a matter of anyone's opinion that the United States has sought the overthrow of the Syrian government for years. The trouble is that the U.S. public is not excited about destroying Syria; it's excited about destroying ISIS. So, for years now, the U.S. government has sought to appear to be attacking ISIS while attacking the Syrian government. This does not seem to have changed. Killing the leader of ISIS -- six times thus far -- builds U.S. public support for the war. But the war is to overthrow the government of Syria, or -- if that can't be done -- at least to steal a bit of its oil.


The Democrats will jump at any opportunity to avoid impeachment, but just as the U.S. government as a whole has pretended to put everything into attacking ISIS, while actually aiming at greater control of the world and of the U.S. public, the Democrats have pretended to put everything into attacking Trump, while actually aiming at pleasing the same corporate oligarchs he serves. The trouble for the Democrats is that the public now expects Trump to be impeached, and killing Baghdadi won't change that. Nor will it change significantly the situation in Syria or Iraq.

A change worth bragging about would be a real withdrawal, a disarmament agreement, a weapons ban, a peace treaty, nonviolent peacekeeping, actual aid, or improved lives for people in Syria. We haven't seen any of those things.

 

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How do we know he actually blew himself up with a suicide vest? Was he wearing this vest ALL the time? In almost every pic I've seen of him there is an AK-47 close by. Why didn't he try to fight back?

trump said he was crying and whimpering but others in the room said they saw no such thing. More lies from conald chump.

When President Donald Trump told the nation on Sunday morning about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, he claimed the leader of the self-described Islamic State had died "like a dog" and a "coward" during a U.S. military operation in Syria "whimpering and crying and screaming" as he fled into a tunnel before blowing himself up.

But top administration officials have questioned where Trump, who watched the operation unfold from the Situation Room, got those details of Baghdadi's final moments. The livestream the president had been watching did not have audio and showed only overhead surveillance footage, The New York Times reported, citing military and intelligence officials.

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Every detail of the story is a fabrication:

If it was a commando raid, why was their only a pile of rubble with no brick standing on an other.

If they chased him into a tunnel and he blew himself up, then why was nobody else injured or killed; supposedly even the k-9 escaped with minor injuries.

If they weren't in the tunnel when he blew himself up, then how did they hear him whimpering and crying.

If he was such a coward why didn't he surrender and save his life.

How did they do a DNA instandly.

The commandos' body cameras could not broadcast live stream.

All that could be seen from a drone is heat images from body heat.

Why the big secret about pictures.

The Russians reported that they killed him back in May.

The Russians said they did not open up any airspace for a US raid.

The picture in the "situation room" does not have the computers hooked up.

Trump is wearing the same suit and tie he wore two days earlier.

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And what is with burying him and Bin Laden at sea? What a joke!

And, like 9/11, the American idiots swallow it all, hook, line and sinker without question.

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The timing/circumstances of this announcement remind me of Obomber's announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden.At the time the birther scandal was erupting.Now we have a similar revelation from Trump during his Ukraine scandal.Trump embellished his narrative with descriptions of a crying,begging Al Baghdadi.

Besidea,just how many times have we claimed to have killed this guy?

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And like another famous "terrorist", he was buried at sea. I guess you have to do that when you don't have the body. "Buried at sea" also means that a memorial will be more difficult to set up. No pilgrimages, etc. Bin Laden reportedly died in Pakistan in December, 2001. Now we hear that Baghdadi was previously killed by The Russians. But, what the hell, the story stays in the headlines for a few more days of distraction. Popcorn, anyone?

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Did you notice how every few years some poor fool the CIA has funded and trained to become a "terrorist leader" gets brutally executed under weird circumstances just to prove the sitting president has a dick?

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Yes, our presidents have been taking 'pride' in killing 'the bad guys' - that helps their 'reelection campaigns', even whether true or false. However, W Bush's endless 'war on terror' has become 'a failed policy' from 'day one' that surely should have been brought to a decisive (#Obama "9/11 Special Prosecutor") and quick end when Trump first took office - it is "beyond any doubt" that explosives - not plane impacts and fires alone - destroyed the three World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. "The World Trade Center was blown up" - Trump on Oct 27 2019. #Evidence #RedPillMoment.

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