Trump's Take On The Bin Laden Operation 🗣️

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Criticizing a Navy SEAL...

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, President Trump criticized Admiral Bill McRaven, the retired Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden operation. McRaven has previously called out Trump and denounced his criticism against the media.

...and Pakistan

During the interview, President Trump claimed that Pakistan knowingly harbored Osama bin Laden. Later on Twitter, the president condemned the US’s billions of dollars of aid to Pakistan, alleging that the nation gave nothing in return.


CNN: Trump's preposterous bin Laden comments

Washington Post: Donald Trump really is a genius — when it comes to second-guessing other people’s decisions

The left criticizes Trump’s callous comments against a decorated war admiral. These outlets argue that Trump’s belligerent language towards McRaven represents his penchant for attacking war heroes and their families. Articles also dispute Trump’s claim that he warned the nation of bin Laden, noting that he never foreshadowed a terror attack.


Washington Examiner: Actually, Trump has a point about the bin Laden raid (even though he's wrong about McRaven)

Fox News: Trump blasts Pakistan as 'fools,' charging the country let bin Laden hide there despite receiving US $$

The right perceives Trump’s interview and tweets as half-wrong and half-right. They concede that Trump was wrong to disparage McRaven. However, articles argue that Trump was right to criticize former President Clinton for missing his shot to get bin Laden when the threat was clear in 1998.  

Is Trump right to criticize Pakistan? 

The US’s relationship with Pakistan is complicated. It’s true that the leaked 2013 Abbottabad Commission probe into bin Laden did not reject the possibility of some government officials’ cooperation with him. However, in a time when the US is trying to engage the Afghan Taliban in negotiations, Pakistan proves to be a key mediator in launching talks; thus, disparaging Pakistan may undermine steps towards diplomacy.

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