Marc Thiessen Explains Why It’s “Unlikely” Baghdadi Would Be Dead if Biden Were President

In a new Op-Ed for the Washington Post, writer Marc Thiessen ponders if ISIS leader Baghdadi would still be alive if Joe Biden were President.

One key reason that sticks out – Biden was against the raid that got Osama Bin Laden, he was worried about the political implications if the mission failed.

By Marc Thiessen | The Washington Post

President Trump deserves credit for ordering the operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was a high-risk mission that required U.S. forces to fly hundreds of miles into Al Qaeda-controlled territory to storm a heavily armed terrorist compound.

If things had gone horribly wrong, Trump would have been blamed and borne the consequences. Just ask Jimmy Carter how the Desert One disaster affected his reelection. Trump knew the political risks but gave the order to go anyway.

Would former Vice President Joe Biden have done the same? Unlikely.

The former vice president advised President Obama not to carry out the raid that killed Usama bin Laden. As Mark Bowden, author of “The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden,” explained in 2012: “The only major dissenters were Biden and [then-Defense Secretary Robert] Gates, and before the raid was launched, Gates would change his mind.”

During a meeting in the Situation Room, Biden later recalled, Obama turned to him and asked, “Joe, what do you think?” Biden answered: “Mr. President, my suggestion is don’t go.”

Worse, Biden’s reason had nothing to do with national security. According to Bowden, Biden told the president that “if the effort failed, Obama could say goodbye to a second term.”

At the moment America had the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks in her sights, Biden was worried about politics, the absolute last thing a commander in chief should be thinking about in such circumstances. In the end, Bowden wrote, “Every one of the president’s top advisers except Biden was in favor of immediate action.”

Yet rather than praise Trump for ordering the killing of Baghdadi, Biden blasted the president, declaring the raid succeeded “despite his ineptitude as commander in chief.”

The man who opposed the bin Laden operation criticizes the man who approved the Baghdadi operation? That’s rich. And it was the Obama-Biden administration’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 that allowed the Islamic State to rise from the ashes of defeat and build a caliphate the size of Britain. Talk about ineptitude.

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