President Joe Biden is trying out a new hawkish, tough-talking strategy against America’s enemies. However, his current record speaks for itself.
Biden took a victory lap Thursday after U.S. forces killed ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraysh, the Daily Caller reported. In his remarks, he promised to “protect Americans from terrorist threats.”
The raid was authorized Tuesday morning when Biden gave Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin his approval in an Oval Office meeting. U.S. Special Forces conducted a raid on the leader late Wednesday night as al-Quraysh was holed up in his residence surrounded by civilians.
A White House official said he “never left the house” likely in the hopes that it would provide protection. “He commanded by couriers who came and went. He used these innocent people as his shield,” the official said.
While touting the military’s job well done, the president seized the opportunity to appear like a strong, competent leader despite his record that provides evidence to the contrary. “This operation is a testament to America’s reach and capability to take out terrorist threats no matter where they try to hide – anywhere in the world,” Biden said.
“I’m determined to protect Americans from terrorist threats. And I’ll take decisive action to protect this country,” Biden promised.
No U.S. forces died but thirteen people within the residence, including al-Quraysh, were killed when an explosion detonated from inside the building, the Washington Post reported. Al-Quraysh became the leader in 2019 after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died by suicide belt during a raid.
Biden royally botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan and is appearing weak in the face of the threat of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine. It’s always a good day for national security when a terrorist dies, but it won’t be enough to rehabilitate Biden’s image.