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Sunday was a good day for America. Overnight, between Saturday and Sunday, a joint operation by our nation’s elite forces, with assistance from the real intelligence community (not the headquarters cabal), ended in the death of the ISIS terrorist group’s chief, a would-be caliph, and seizure of significant amounts of high-value information.
President Trump, immediately after confirmation, alerted Americans that he would make a significant announcement on Sunday at 9 a.m. He made the statement and either before or after called Sen. Lindsey Graham, resulting in a second press statement at the White House. Meanwhile, the Washington Post fully justified its mass cancellation by not only the Executive Branch but also any decent American. No, Mr. President, I am still not tired of all the winning.
To set the tone for the day, here is President Trump’s great statement of moral clarity in the morning:
Yes, I’d say that was just about perfect. No “word salad” here, just a clear moral voice about what real evil is, what real good is, and the miserable cowardice of the man who would be caliph, screaming and dragging three of his own children down a dead-end tunnel where he murdered them while blowing himself up.
But wait, there’s more! Senator Lindsey Graham was summoned to the White House and sent out into the Press Briefing Room, no longer used for media personality grandstanding, to sing the praises of President Trump’s policy later in the morning. My read of his voice and body language was that the good senator did not much like eating crow.
I’m just imaging the phone conversation went something like this:
DJT: “Hey Lindsey, you see my statement this morning? Yeah. The operation was perfect! The only thing that could have been better was if that [redacted] coward didn’t take his children with him. What a monster.”
LG: “Mr. President, this was great news.”
DJT: “I know you are really happy our great military finally got this guy.”
LG: “Made my year, Mr. President. Please pass on my congratulations and thanks.”
DJT: “Well, now that you mention it, I can get you in front of the cameras here and let you say it yourself. In fact, let’s do it this morning!”
LG: “Well, gosh, Mr. President, I’d be honored to do that.”
DJT: “Great, I know the American people and our great military will appreciate you standing up like that for them today.”
But wait, there’s more! The Washington Post completely vindicated the mass cancellation of subscriptions. They surely thought they were being very woke and doing their party a solid as they published their obituary of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Even worse, the Washington Post changed their headline, perhaps after apparent leftist Trump Derangement:
They had it right the first time.
The Washington Post changed the headline on its Al-Baghdadi obituary from “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-Chief” to “austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State.” pic.twitter.com/cs243EVz7W
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 27, 2019
And then they doubled down:
4. From WaPo Communications https://t.co/AivAxZUxrm
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 27, 2019
Decent people noticed:
Austere: "severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance"
I guess that's one way to describe a murdering religious fanatic bent on covering the world in a global caliphate that would cause the genocide of a minimum of 6 billion people.@Dictionarycom
— Jordan Olsen (@jordan_olsen26) October 27, 2019
Then both the comment section on the WaPo story and Twitter savaged the Post with #WaPoDeathNotices. See John Hinderaker’s “You Can’t Mock the Post Enough.” Contrast the Washington Post to the Times of India coverage of the notorious life and death of the man who took the pseudonym al-Baghdadi:
He will be remembered as a ruthless terrorist, powerful enough to declare a so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria and to export his bloody vision of holy war around the world…
As John Hinderaker noted separately:
On Tuesday, the White House announced that it is terminating its subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Why not? The Times and the Post are disreputable partisan rags. They have no stature, no standing, and there is no reason why taxpayers should have to support their partisan journalism.