Trump obsessively hunts ‘celebrity’ terrorist targets and ignores other threats to the US, former CIA officer says ,
During Trump’s presidency, a number of high-profile terrorist targets like Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden; Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, The leader of ISIS; and Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful military officer,
London wrote that Trump opted to eliminate some of those targets even though US intelligence showed other individuals posed “greater dangers” in an attempt to grab headlines.
“President Donald Trump likes big names,” former CIA officer Douglas London, who served in the agency for decades wrote Wednesday in an op-ed for Just Security. “It’s this focus on celebrity, headlines,
And immediate gratification — versus substance, impact, and consequences — that so often motivates him.” “As a senior CIA counterterrorist manager, my team and I often struggled in persuading the president to recognize the most important threats,”
Added London, who retired in late 2018 as a senior CIA operations officer after 34 years in the CIA’s clandestine service. During Trump’s presidency, a number of high-profile terrorist targets, namely Hamza bin Laden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Qassem Soleimani, have been eliminated.
“Trump’s obsession in focusing resources against Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is one example of the president’s ,
Preference for a ‘celebrity’ targeted killing versus prioritizing options that could prove better for US security,” London wrote. Trump announced that the US killed Hamza bin Laden last September,
Saying that “the loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives al-Qa’ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group.”
“He was dismissive of our prioritization,” London said, adding that Trump “regularly demanded updates on Hamza and insisted we accelerate our efforts to go after him.”