The killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a major victory for President Trump and the US, holds Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist. Still, many media outlets have sought to downplay this achievement due a political agenda that opposes the president. Recent coverage has tried to spin the killing of this terrorist leader as something negative. However, it shows that the US strategy in the Middle East is working. Removing al-Baghdadi hurts ISIS and will make it even harder for the already-crippled caliphate to organize itself and reemerge. Trump did the right thing, and media outlets that try to portray a different narrative are showing their partisanship.
While it is a good thing that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is no longer alive, his death has to be examined in the larger context of US involvement in the Middle East, argues Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times via MSN. President Trump’s regional strategy falls short in many ways that make the killing of the former ISIS leader redundant. In fact, his death will only give Russia, Assad and Iran more influence. Trump concentrates on protecting oil fields, quick victories and then getting out, but the US should focus on regional stability and backing up local actors that support democracy. Without this, bad men like Al-Baghdadi will quickly be replaced, just like he replaced those before him.