‘Huge win for the US’: Bret Baier praises Biden’s ‘bin Laden moment’, says he’s had a ‘couple of good weeks’

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Fox News anchor Bret Baier announced during “The Five” that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, calling it President Biden’s “Bin Laden moment.”

“We can confirm from two intelligence sources that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed by a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend. And that is what President Biden will announce from the White House tonight at 7:30 Eastern Time,” he reported.

“Zawahiri was a deputy under Osama bin Laden on 9/11. He is one of the most wanted terrorists, has been for a long time,” Biden said, stating the utterly obvious.

Biden made the announcement in a less-than-exhilarating address. He used the long-overdue successful strike of taking out bin Laden’s right-hand man and one of the forces behind the 9/11 terrorist attack as a platform to assert that he was right about Afghanistan all along. The president justified the withdrawal of American troops from the Middle East military theater while glossing over his catastrophic implementation of it.

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“This is, again, to intelligence sources, saying that this is a big counterterrorism win for the U.S.,” Baier stated, pointing out that Zawahiri took over al Qaeda in June of 2011 after SEALs dispatched Osama bin Laden.

Baier then turned to his co-hosts on “The Five” for input on the strike while he further applauded the demise of the al Qaeda monster.

“This was a drone strike with active intel, we are being told…that al-Zawahiri was at a certain residence outside Kabul, it’s hard to believe after all these years that just outside a major city in Afghanistan where the U.S. had been operating for a long time is this al Qaeda leader. They acted on intelligence, we are told that it was a drone strike,” he said. “You are going to hear a moment tonight that will be President Biden’s Bin Laden moment.”

“This is a huge, huge win for the U.S. and we expect to hear that and where the fight goes from here as far as taking out other terrorists,” Baier noted.

“So the Biden administration argued after the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which the one-year anniversary is coming up at the end of the month, which we know did not go well, that they would have the capability with the over horizon drone strikes and CIA intelligence to continue to go after terrorism in Afghanistan,” co-host Katie Pavlich remarked. “So can you talk about what that means with that backdrop and given this strike that we’re going to hear more about from the president tonight?”

Baier proceeded to allude to the fact that the strike somehow gives Biden gravitas concerning his actions in Afghanistan.

“That’s a great point, Katie,” Baier acknowledged. “This will be, this will back up some of the concerns that critics of the Biden administration had, that they would not have these eyes to be able to follow up on leads on the ground.”

“If everything we’re hearing is accurate and we believe it to be true. They had some active intelligence from people on the ground that we’re working with and that led to this residence and it led to this CIA drone strike so that over-the-horizon strike capability was there, despite the concerns still about where Afghanistan is with the Taliban and without the kind of guidance of US forces, at least in the over the horizon capability,” he commented.

Co-host Jesse Watters addressed the political ramifications of the strike, saying, “Well, obviously a great win for the United States and a clear victory over terrorism. Politically for the president, we’ve just talked about it in the A-block, how the administration and some in the media have been framing this as the resurgence of the Biden presidency and a few things about to be passed in Congress.”

“And now this big strike announcement tonight. Do you think the president is going to look to capitalize on this momentum and head into August after being down for quite some time on the mat?” Watters asked Baier.

“One hundred percent, Jesse. I mean, listen, you can’t take away that this has been a couple of good weeks for the president, who has been, we haven’t seen too much of, he’s been behind the scenes with COVID, but he is at least on the precipice of a couple of legislative wins,” he said, making a claim that many Americans disagree with vehemently.

“We don’t know if it’ll all line up, but it seems like it is. And obviously got the CHIPs bill now with this announcement, again, it will be positive. You can’t look at it any other way and it will not take away from the horrible nature in which we got out of Afghanistan. But it will enable them to make the case that they’re still fighting terrorists around the globe,” Baier concluded.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed on Twitter Monday that a drone strike on a home in Kabul had taken place on Sunday.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns this attack on any pretext and calls it a clear violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement,” he declared.

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