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Mid-Day Digest

Oct. 28, 2019

THE FOUNDATION

“If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.” —George Washington (1793)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Operation Kayla Mueller — Baghdadi Dead

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State, is dead after a U.S. military raid of his compound in northwest Syria. Al-Baghdadi was cornered in a dead-end tunnel underneath the compound, where he detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children. There were no serious casualties for Americans, and U.S. forces recovered his remains from the rubble of the collapsed tunnel to confirm his demise. Far from a profile in courage, al-Baghdadi died as the same cowardly thug he played in life.

“He was vicious and violent, and he died in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying,” President Donald Trump declared in a White House speech. “Baghdadi’s demise demonstrates America’s relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders, and our commitment to the enduring and total defeat of ISIS.”

This win substantially answers criticism of his recent decision regarding troop movements in Syria. The Middle East is a chessboard.

The operation that killed al-Baghdadi was named for Kayla Mueller, the American medical-relief worker who was captured by ISIS in 2013 and then spent two years being tortured and raped by al-Baghdadi himself before she was murdered in 2015.

The reason Trump said he did not give any advance notice to the House Intel Committee? “Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington,” he said. “You know that, I know that, we all know that.”

Importantly, The Wall Street Journal notes, “The raid also shows the importance of intelligence gathered from prisoners. Iraqi officials say their interrogation of captured ISIS fighters in recent months provided news about Baghdadi’s location. The American left has tried to discredit interrogation since the Iraq war, but it remains crucial to preventing future attacks and killing terror leaders.”

“Baghdadi’s death is significant,” says Thomas Joscelyn, an analyst on Islamic terrorism. “He was the supposed caliph, to whom thousands of followers around the globe pledged their allegiance. [But now the] caliphate controls little to no ground, and the self-declared caliph is dead.”

That’s true, but as the termination of Osama bin Laden proved, however weakened, the Islamic State threat will endure for years as part of the larger asymmetric threat from Jihadistan.

Finally, a footnote on the pathetic Trump Derangement Syndrome of the hacks at The Washington Post: The paper originally ran the story under a title referring to al-Baghdadi as the “Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-chief.’” That was changed to refer to him as an “austere religious scholar” before blowback led to another change to “extremist leader.” (No wonder Trump ordered the entire federal government to terminate subscriptions to the Post last week.) Kristine Coratti Kelly, VP of communications for the Post, said, “Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.”

Well, that’s a relief.

The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh offered the best takeaway: “By calling a terrorist leader an austere (read: strict) scholar of Islam, didn’t the Post essentially imply that terrorism is fundamentally consistent with the precepts of the religion?” Moreover, just remember: The Washington Post is published in the same swamp full of people who loudly booed the president at Game 5 of the World Series last night — just hours after he announced a major triumph for the country.

Drain the swamp.

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A Case Study in Leftist Mockery of Marriage

On Sunday, freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) resigned following accusations of sordid affairs with both campaign and congressional staffers. She denied having an affair with her legislative director, Graham Kelly, though, as we noted last week, Hill openly embraced bisexuality and was unapologetic about a two-year polyamorous relationship between herself, her soon-to-be ex-husband, and a young female campaign staffer.

According to The Washington Post, “Under House ethics rules adopted last year in response to high-profile sexual harassment claims involving members of Congress, it is against the official code of conduct for members to ‘engage in a sexual relationship with any employee’ who works for the member.” Thus, Hill’s #MeToo violations triggered an investigation by the House Ethics Committee, and she must have known she was toast.

Ultimately, however, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Hill felt free to behave in such an immoral manner following the Left’s success in officially redefining marriage itself. While leftists do not have a monopoly on the denigration of marriage, they have made a mockery of the God-given foundational societal institution through their self-described prideful debauchery.

Well, as Scripture warns, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Hill’s mockery of marriage has now brought her short political career to an abrupt end. In her resignation announcement, Hill stated, “It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country.” We hope Hill will use this experience to do some deep soul searching to reevaluate her views on marriage, sexuality, and truth. But we’re not holding our breath.

There is a warning in this to our nation at large. The more Americans sow or embrace and celebrate deviancy and immorality, the more certain it will be that we will reap greater national corruption both culturally and governmentally, costing us many of the blessings of Liberty. Let Hill serve as a sobering reminder that no matter what political party you belong to, there is One who judges all equally without prejudice or preference, to whom we all must ultimately answer.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

“HE DIED … WHIMPERING AND CRYING”: Trump confirms death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in U.S. raid (Agence France-Presse)

OUT OF OPTIONS: Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid allegations of sexual relationships with staffers (The Hill)

END OF AN ERA: Longest-serving black congressman John Conyers dies at 90 (Washington Examiner)

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM: Obama judge orders DOJ to turn over Mueller grand-jury material for Democrats’ impeachment probe (The Washington Times)

NEWS FROM THE SWAMP: Trump showered with boos, chants of “lock him up” at World Series game in Washington, DC (NBC News)

MORE NEWS FROM THE SWAMP: Federal deficit increases 26% to $984 billion for fiscal 2019 — the highest in seven years (CNBC)

THINNING OF THE HERD: DNC raises thresholds for candidates to qualify for December debate (The Federalist)

“ENORMOUSLY DISAPPOINTED”: Chicago teachers’ strike enters another week after talks fail (Reuters)

TOPSY-TURVY: Biologically male NCAA runner named conference “female” athlete of the week (The Daily Caller)

INFERNO: California declares state of emergency as wildfires spread (National Review)

POLICY: Missile defense needs Trump’s attention (Hudson Institute)

POLICY: Why Bernie Sanders’ universal jobs guarantee is not a worthy goal (Foundation for Economic Education)

HUMOR: Motorcyclist who identifies as a bicyclist sets cycling world record (The Babylon Bee)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Burt Prelutsky: “Having had China on my mind a great deal recently, it occurred to me that liberals have been thrown into a maelstrom they could never have anticipated. On the one hand, the technocrats, professional basketball players and Hollywood celebrities, who view China as the world’s largest cash cow, have to make a concerted effort not only to ignore the fact that China is a dictatorship that murders its dissidents, bullies the people of Hong Kong and gobbled up Tibet, but is far and away the major polluter in the world and, for good measure, boasts a great big beautiful wall. And unlike Trump’s version, which is solely intended to keep uninvited foreigners out, China’s serves a double purpose by also, like the Berlin Wall, keeping its own people in.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “I hope that when you’re my age you’ll be able to say, as I have been able to say: We lived in freedom; we lived lives that were a statement, not an apology.” —Ronald Reagan

Upright: “I think the difference between the moderates and the far-left is the difference between irresponsible and delusional.” —Brian Riedl of The Manhattan Institute

Observations: “It speaks highly of the President that he was willing to go to the [World Series] game and speaks poorly of Washington’s fans [that they booed him]. On the day the President addressed the nation to announce our soldiers had taken out the leader of ISIS the DC press corp was treating Al Baghdadi with more reverence than Trump and its residents were booing the President.” —Erick Erickson

Despicable: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.” —Washington Post headline

Braying jenny: “You can’t take the pressure off and expect these groups not to reconstitute.” —former National Security Advisor Susan Rice criticizing Trump’s Middle East policy (Remember, her boss abandoned Iraq, which led to the creation of the Islamic State in the first place.)

Globalist birds of a feather: “[Elizabeth Warren] has emerged as the clear-cut person to beat. I don’t take a public stance, but I do believe that she is the most qualified to be president.” —George Soros

The BIG Lie: “Trump gave the middle class a tax cut that was negligible.” —Joe Biden

Alpha jackass: “President Trump, perhaps inspired by Goebbels and the propagandists of the Third Reich, seems to employ this tactic that the bigger the lie, the more obscene the injustice, the more dizzying the pace of this bizarre behavior, the less likely we are to be able to do something about it.” —R. Francis O'Rourke

And last… “Washington DC booing Trump at a baseball game the same day the US took out the top terror target in the world says more about Washington DC than it does about Trump.” —Stephen Miller

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