Oct 29: Two US Presidents took down their era’s most wanted terrorists but both have different approaches towards their foreign policy and subsequent exaltation of the missions’ successes.
The raids that eliminated AL Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was different in terms of execution and aftermath but the common thing is both the Presidents wanted to watch the special operations.
Baghdadi raid named after IS victim Kayla Mueller
The US military raid that killed Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was named after Kayla Mueller, an American who was kidnapped and killed by the terror group.
Osama Bin Laden Operation Code Name: ‘Geronimo’
Obama used measured words to avoid inflaming bin Laden’s followers and avoided disclosing details of the raid.Navy SEALs carried out the operation to eliminate the 9/11 mastermind.
Trump described Baghdadi’s last moments with an emasculating description of “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.”Trump said capturing and killing Baghdadi was the topmost priority and no personnel was lost in the operation.
As though you were watching a movie,” Trump recalled Sunday after announcing the death of the ISIS leader in graphically detailed terms.
Trump was eager to speak out much of its particulars himself.
Photographs of the two moments
Trump in a suit and necktie, sits at the head of a long Situation Room table surrounded by advisers as the raid played out on large screens. Trump projects the sense of authority he has often craved as commander-in-chief.
While Obama, in a polo shirt and windbreaker, leaning forward as his team huddled around laptops as word came from Abbottabad that “Geronimo” — the code name given bin Laden — had been killed.
The photos are from different rooms: Trump’s was taken in the John F. Kennedy Conference Room.
“He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and three children. His body was mutilated by the blast. The tunnel had caved in on it, in addition,” Trump said.
Surveillance showed the ISIS leader on a compound near Idlib, Syria. He was presented options for a raid on the compound last week, and made the decision to go forward.
On the day of the raid, he woke up at Camp David after hosting an anniversary party for his daughter and son-in-law, played golf at his course in Virginia and returned to the White House around 4:30 p.m. ET. The group assembled in the Situation Room 30 minutes later.