GUEST: Rahul Mahajan is the author of two books on the Iraq war: Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond and The New Crusade: America’s War on Terrorism. He also teaches at University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and the US Foreign Policy and Empire Correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali.
BACKGROUND: US forces have reportedly killed the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in a raid in northwestern Syria. In a triumphant national address to the nation, President Donald Trump announced the killing in his trademark style of bragging, denigration, and exaggeration. The announcement came at a politically useful moment for Trump who has come under rare criticism from his own party for pulling US troops back from Northern Syria.