Tell Congress, Tell the Enemy [OPINION]
I am certain that President Trump made the right decision by not telling Congressional leaders in advance of the al-Baghdadi raid over the weekend.
California Democrat Adam Schiff chairs the House Intelligence Committee. Can you imagine trusting this buffoon with a secret? Seriously? I wouldn't trust this clown with my dog. You know, the Democrats didn't earn nicknames such as "Leaky Leahy" by being such trustworthy little scouts. Hardly.
Washington is full of leaks. It leaks like a sieve.
Had Trump entrusted the Congress with news of the raid, you can bet the press would have been in Syria to greet our Black Hawks as they landed. Everyone would have gotten killed.
It is sad enough that you can't trust elected public officials to keep a secret from the press, but I suspect the motivation to leak for some would have been nothing less than to prevent Trump from looking good. Am I suggesting that some on the left might jeopardize our troops to get to Trump? Yes, I am. These are vengeful people.
Politicians feel powerful when they leak information to the press. They feel important. They can also enact revenge against political foes by doing so. Leaking information to the press can be dangerous. Innocent lives could be lost.
No doubt in my mind that, had President Trump briefed members of Congress before Saturday night's raid, it would have failed. al-Baghdadi would have been gone and Americans would have been hurt.
Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff may be offended that they were excluded but President Trump did the right thing by keeping Congress in the dark about the raid.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.