Trump’s Over Dinner Commando Raid Loses an Ally in the Fight Against Extremists

by Mark Sumner – It’s amazing. Donald Trump has said the magic words “radical Islamic terrorism,” and yet it doesn’t seem to have caused all opposition to dry up and blow away. In fact, Trump’s Muslim ban has proven to be a gift to enemies. The beneficiaries of this policy have been extremists, who can now say across the Muslim world: “The US will never help you.” And in his first military action — approved over dinner with Bannon and Kushner — Trump has created a costly catastrophe that has had drawn mockery from the terrorists it was mean to target and made the fight that much harder. Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials. Also not helping the situation: A delusional White House...

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