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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Exactly - most of what Obama officials, led by John Brennan (now of NBC), said in the first few days about the bin Laden killing turned out to be outright lies - self-serving myths - so we should be very skeptical of Trump WH claims until there's evidence
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Replying to @ggreenwald
These flashy, dramatic killings of leaders of designated terror groups rarely accomplish much beyond catharsis, but Democrats who constructed Obama's reelection campaign around OBL's killing ("bin Laden dead/GM alive") will have a hard time credibly minimizing or dismissing this.
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Glenn Greenwald
It's genuinely fascinating watching Democrats in real time struggle to figure out what to say about this. They want to be patriotic and anti-ISIS, but also need a way to malign Trump without contradicting their gushing Obama praise over OBL: not an easy balancing act. Good luck!
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Replying to @ggreenwald
Here were the questions I posed about bin Laden's killing & my perspectives on the gruesome celebratory reactions to his snuffing out rather than capturing and trying him (Dems chanted "USA! USA!" in the DC streets). All apply to this latest killing, too:
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Replying to @ggreenwald
I think this is what Dems will settle on: Obama's boasting of killing bin Laden was done with elegance, class and dignity, while Trump's was tacky, crass and unpresidential. What else do they have? It's kind of a metaphor for the general contempt for Trump
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Replying to @ggreenwald
The attempt to turn this ISIS killing into the latest McCarthyite round of "Trump-💞-Putin" bullshit is even more pathetic than usual. Of course he told the Russians in advance: THEY NEEDED PERMISSION TO FLY OVER THEIR AIRSPACE along with other cooperation. 🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Replying to @ggreenwald
Exactly - just fly fighter jets over Russia without bothering to let them know in advance why you're doing it. I'm sure they wouldn't mind and nothing bad would happen from it. That he told them *in advance* proves yet again: he's a Kremlin puppet. 🇷🇺🇺🇸
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Replying to @ggreenwald
From 2015: "Obama thanks Putin for Russia's 'important role' in achieving Iranian 'milestone'". Hmmmm.... 🇷🇺
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Replying to @charlie_savage
Here's what the NYT said in 2015 about WH discussions about whether to alert Congressional leaders about the bin Laden raid, by
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Glenn Greenwald Oct 27
Replying to @charlie_savage
This whole NYT/ article on the problematic legalities of the bin Laden raid and execution are well worth reading today. Some of the questions obviously don't apply to what Trump did with ISIS, but some do:
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Charlie Grapski Oct 27
Replying to @ggreenwald
This takes much of the wind out of their sails over the withdrawal. They were relying on Republicans concerned about Foreign Policy being swayed into impeachment
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DONNA FELINE FRIEND⭐️⭐️⭐️WANTS OUR WALL Oct 27
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Especially if Erdogan offered assistance in locating Baghdadi for the withdrawal.
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