President Donald Trump didn’t divulge all of the details of the attack on a compound housing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend, but what he did say about it has many experts worried.
Trump wasn’t shy in describing details about the attack on Sunday morning.
“When we landed with eight helicopters, a large crew of brilliant fighters ran out of those helicopters and blew holes into the side of the building, not wanting to go through the main door because that was booby-trapped,” Trump said.
The president also described how helicopters flew in “very low and very fast,” telling reporters (and the world) from which direction they came in and out of.
According to reporting from Business Insider, Trump’s descriptions were not appreciated by former military experts, who say they give away too much about how the U.S. operates in such situations.
“Talking about how many aircraft, where the aircraft are flying in, how they’re breaching a building, other technology they can bring to bear, knowledge about the tunnels and the mapping of those tunnels, these are operational details which are only about preening,” said Michael Leiter, a former director of U.S. National Counterterrorism.
Others criticized Trump for revealing information about how critical information was gathered after the attack was over, describing how the military did so for two hours after the attack.
“There’s no reason to reveal that…You’re giving [enemies] another way to think about how long forces on the ground are vulnerable,” a former special ops commander said. “Timing on an objective is something where you never want the bad guys to know what your procedure was or how long it took.”
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However, in spite of these misgivings of Trump’s behavior, the president appears ready to reveal more to the public about the attack, even considering releasing video of what went down, Raw Story reported.
“We’re thinking about it. We may take certain parts of it and release it, yes,” Trump said to reporters on Monday.
Trump’s behavior in the wake of the successful military operation has some wondering: is he truly gleeful for the success of the attack, or is he thinking more about how it helps him politically?
“The president’s clearly relishing in what he sees as a good moment in his presidency,” Patty Culhane, reporter with Al Jazeera, said, per a previous report from HillReporter.com.