Washington Post is nearly as bad as CNN these days. So when Post columnist Max Boot, who is ALSO a CNN analyst, wrote an article defending ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, I can't say we were surprised.
Boot suggested in his article that the terrorist did not die like a "coward" as previously stated by President Donald Trump. Rather, he said, "A president who has never heard a shot fired in anger reveled in Baghdadi’s last moments, even claiming 'he died like a coward … whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.'"
"Trump could not possibly have heard “whimpering and crying” on the overhead imagery because there was no audio, and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pointedly refused to confirm those details." He added, "The assertion that Baghdadi died as a coward was, in any case, contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured, he blew himself up."
Al-Baghdadi died when he ran into a cave with three children, where he blew himself up via a suicide vest, killing himself as well as the children. He did this to avoid being captured by U.S. forces.
I don't know about you, but in my book, that is one of the most cowardly stunts the man could have pulled. He is responsible for deaths beyond measure, but took the easy way out when he was close to being captured. Not only that, he took three more young souls with him.
President Trump recalled:
The U.S. personnel were incredible. I got to watch much of it. No personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him. He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. The compound had been cleared by this time, with people either surrendering or being shot and killed.
Eleven young children were moved out of the house uninjured. The only ones remaining were Baghdadi in the tunnel, and he had dragged three of his young children with him. They were led to certain death. He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated by the blast, the tunnel had caved in on it in addition, but test results gave certain, immediate and totally positive identification it was him.
The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread — terrified of the American forces bearing down on him. We were in the compound for approximately two hours, and after the mission was accomplished, we took highly sensitive material and information from the raid, much having to do with ISIS, origins, future plans, things that we very much want.
To make things even worse, the Washington Post also published a piece titled: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at the helm of Islamic State, dies at 48."
al-Baghdadi described as “Austere religious scholar” instead of “terrorist” in Washpo Obituary headline. pic.twitter.com/3fTxBMInLo
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 27, 2019
I have no words. https://t.co/4zH9Ji0Smy
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) October 27, 2019
Every day The Washington Post uses harsher words against @realDonaldTrump than they do in writing about one of the world’s most evil terrorists. Yet we’re supposed to take them at face value. Let that sink in. pic.twitter.com/iIWVqI4N8B
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 27, 2019
Enemy of the people??? With headlines like this and the fact that the @washingtonpost and others in the MSM have harsher criticism for The President of The United States than they do for the leader of ISIS, a known serial rapist and murderer, you really have to start to wonder!!! pic.twitter.com/JH448bCA7Y
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 27, 2019
They literally made it sound like the man was a priest or revered person who should be treated with respect. The guy was a murderer and a terrorist. They have used much harsher words to describe President Trump!
Since being called out on Twitter, the title has been changed to: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
Post spokeswoman Kristine Kelly said, “Post correspondents have spent years in Iraq and Syria documenting ISIS savagery, often at great personal risk,” Post spokeswoman Kristine Coratti Kelly, said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, a headline written in haste to portray the origins of al-Baghdadi and ISIS didn’t communicate that brutality. The headline was promptly changed,” she added, “Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly."
Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.
— Kristine Coratti Kelly (@kriscoratti) October 27, 2019