While announcing the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the US president still boasted (wrongly) of having predicted that Osama bin Laden had to be rid of.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died “like a dog”, “he died after running through a dead-end tunnel, moaning, crying and shouting”. In a style brimming with boasting, approximations and relentless digressions, US President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday, October 27 the death of the head of the group Islamic State, which blew himself up in a tunnel during an American operation which he was the target in northwestern Syria.
Narrating in detail this operation that led to the death of the most wanted man in the world, presented as the “top priority” of the Trump administration, the US president could not help but compare this event of forefront with the death of Osama bin Laden who had intervened under the mandate of Barack Obama.
Insisting on the particular importance of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s capture, Donald Trump embarked on a digression and spoke again of a prediction he would have made about Osama bin Laden.
“I wrote a book that was very successful, published almost a year before the World Trade Center attacks. In this book, I said, “There is someone named Osama bin Laden, and you’d better eliminate him. It represents a great danger. I was not in government, I was building big buildings. […] Nobody listened to me. And even today, people come to me to tell me that I predicted that we had to get rid of Osama bin Laden before the World Trade Center. Go check “.
This is not the first time Donald Trump has bragged about warning the United States of the dangerousness of Osama Bin Laden before the September 11 attacks. And this is not the first time that it is a gross exaggeration.
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As several sources of American press (here or here and here again), the book in question “The America we deserve”, published in January 2000, quote bin Laden only an only recovery, and not at all in the terms that Donald Trump quotes eight years later.
In the passage concerned, the billionaire is content to warn the Americans against the risk of fragmentation of the conflicts they will face. “We no longer play a chess game meant to end all chess games. We play a chess tournament, with a master against many rivals, “explained Donald Trump. Before citing several examples:
“One day, we are assured that Iraq is under control, the UN inspectors have done their job, everything is fine, no worries. The next day, the shelling begins. One day, we are informed that a mysterious character with no fixed address called Osama Bin Laden is the number one public enemy and American fighter jets are targeting his camp in Afghanistan. He fled to hide under a rock, and a few days later we move on to a new enemy and a new crisis “.
At the time, Donald Trump was not predicting a major attack on the United States but was referring to President Bill Clinton’s attack on bin Laden after attacks on US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya intervened. a few months earlier.
Ironically, Donald Trump has always accused Barack Obama of political recovery over the death of Osama Bin Laden. This did not prevent the White House from broadcasting this Sunday a photo of President Trump’s assistant lives in the military operation that led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As the Obama administration did eight years ago for bin Laden’s death.