President Joe Biden is set to announce Monday that the U.S. has killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, after slamming President Donald Trump when he announced that the U.S. had taken out ISIS and Iranian terrorist leaders in 2019 and 2020.
When Trump confirmed in October 2019 that U.S. special forces had found and killed ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Biden did not offer simple congratulations, but said the operation had succeeded despite Trump’s “erratic” behavior
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 White House hopeful, said on Monday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. military operation despite President Trump’s “ineptitude” as commander in chief.
” I’m happy President Trump authorized the mission,” Biden stated in a statement. “But as more details of the raid emerge, it’s clear that this victory was not due to Donald Trump’s leadership. It was possible despite Trump’s ineptness as commander-in chief.
“His unpredictable behavior made it more difficult and dangerous for special forces that were executing it. They had to fly through hostile territory, carrying out fire on the way – including territory they controlled only weeks ago.” Biden stated.
When Trump ordered the successful operation to take out Iranian terrorist general Qasem Soleimani in December 2020, Biden and the other Democrats running for president slammed the operation, saying that it make a Middle East war more likely:
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s assertion he ordered a drone strike on Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani to avert an “imminent attack” can’t be taken at face value because the commander in chief has “lied so much.”
In an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News, Biden said that Trump was a Democratic presidential hopeful.
Biden stated that the Soleimani strike “takes us closer to war.” We’re putting 18,000 more troops in the region. Do we have — have they planned ahead of time to make sure they secure all the bases we have and all the areas that Americans are in fact more vulnerable because of proxies of Iraq — of Iran?”
Al-Zawahiri was apparently shot to death by a CIA drone while in Afghanistan. Biden’s low approval rating is likely to be a benefit of this news as it draws closer to the anniversary of U.S. withdrawal form Afghanistan.
Despite the fact that Afghanistan was taken by the Taliban terrorists and 13 U.S. military personnel were killed in chaotic evacuations, Biden assured the nation that it would continue to have “over-the horizon” capabilities.
Al-Zawahiri took over Al Qaeda after U.S. forces eliminated Osama bin Laden in 2011. His terror figure was one of the most mysterious in the world. U.S intelligence searched vainly for him for years before finally finding and killing him.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. PST). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.