Two presidents. Two bold military operations. Two dead terrorists.
There are obvious parallels between the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, confirmed by Donald Trump during the night, and that of Osama bin Laden when Barack Obama was president in 2011.
Both were extremely significant and cathartic moments in the global fight against terrorism. Bin Laden was the architect of al-Qaeda and of the September 11 attacks; al-Baghdadi the mind behind the rise of a bloody caliphate in the Middle East.
Both men had inspired a plague of extremist violence around the world.
But not even the disappearance of the most wanted terrorist in the world is safer from partisan politics. So, of course, much of the reaction to today's news did not focus on the parallels between Mr. Trump and the respective victories of Mr. Obama, but on the differences.
The most obvious point of comparison is the how every man announced the news.
Obama delivered to short statement in 2011, which did not go into great detail about bin Laden's last moments, simply saying that the Navy SEALs killed him "after a firefight".
Instead, Trump held a 45-minute press conference and described the operation against al-Baghdadi, blow by blow. He dramatized the death of the terrorist leader, saying he died whining "like a dog", a "coward" and an "animal without a liver".
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Observers also compared the official photos of Trump and Obama's White House, overseeing their respective operations in the Situation Room.
"Trump's photo, with the President at the center and a severe appearance, is more formal and captures the interest of the current President in conveying the power and grandeur of this office. He also reflects the small circle of consultants from which urges advice " AP Aamer Madhani wrote today, perhaps in addition to analyzing the images.
"Obama's less formal photo of 2011 clashes with suspense," he said.
"The full room seems to reflect Obama's most expansive team of consultants and his interest in receiving a wide range of opinions."
Mr Trump's critics even accused him of staging his photo.
That criticism began when the man who captured the image of Obama, the former White House Pice Souza red snapper, noticed the moment when Mr Trump's photo was taken – 17: 05. Souza erroneously claimed that the operation targeted at al-Baghdadi had taken place 90 minutes earlier, at 15:30.
Others seized this information to suggest that the photo was cynically set up when the raid was already over.
They pointed to some loose wires on the desk in front of Mr. Trump, which were not connected to any device, to support their theory.
In fact, the timing of Mr Trump's photo has aligned perfectly with the operation.
According to the current chronology, the president returned to the White House from his Virginia golf club at 4:18 pm. It was at the Situation Room at 17:00, roughly at the same time that US forces took off from Al-Asad airbase in western Iraq.
There is no evidence to suggest that the photo was anything other than authentic.
The other controversial confrontation between Trump and Obama came from the President himself.
Trump used his announcement of al-Baghdadi's death not to imply so subtly that he had secured a larger and more consequential scalp than his predecessor.
"This is the greatest there is. This is the worst ever, "he said.
"Osama bin Laden was very large, but Osama bin Laden became big with the World Trade Center. This (al-Baghdadi) is a man who built a whole, as he would like to call it, a country, a caliphate, and was trying to do it again. "
After getting out of a bribe, Trump later claimed to have the foresight alone to warn bin Laden's America before the September 11 attacks, only to be ignored.
"If you read my book, there was a book just before the closing of the World Trade Center. And I have no credit for this, but that's fine. I never do it. But here we are, "he said.
"I wrote a book, a very successful book. And in that book, about a year before the World Trade Center explosion, I said, "This is someone named Osama bin Laden. I better kill him or take him out." Something like that.
"If you check, it's been about a year before the World Trade Center fell. And I'm telling people, "Bring out Osama bin Laden," which nobody had ever heard of. No one has ever heard of it. I mean, al-Baghdadi, everyone listens because he built this monster for a long time. But no one has ever heard of Osama bin Laden until, indeed, at the World Trade Center.
"But about a year – you'll have to check – a year, a year and a half before the World Trade Center was published, the book came out. I was talking about Osama bin Laden. I said:" You have to kill him. You have to take it out. & # 39; Nobody listened to me.
"And to this day, I continue to bring people to me. They said, "You know which of the most amazing things I've ever seen about you, is that you predicted that Osama bin Laden had to be killed before he brought down the World Trade Center." It's true.
"Now, most of the press doesn't want to write it, but you know, it's true. If you come back, look at my book. I think it was The America we deserve.
"Put it this way. If they had listened to me, many things would have been different. "
There are a couple of things to check out here.
First, Trump's claim states that "no one had ever heard of" bin Laden when he published The America we deserve in 2000 it is false. By that time, Bin Laden had already been linked to the bombings of two US overseas embassies and there were public fears that he was planning an attack on the United States itself.
The president is also wrong to declare that he told America to kill bin Laden before September 11th. In the book there is only a brief mention of the terrorist.
"Instead of an impending crisis looming over us, we are faced with a bewildering series of small crises, flash points, gaps and hot spots. We are not playing the chess game to end all chess games. We are playing tournament chess – a master against many rivals, "wrote Trump.
"One day we are all certain that Iraq is under control, UN inspectors have done their job, everything is fine, don't worry. The next day the bombing begins. One day we are told that a dark figure without a fixed address named Osama bin Laden is the public enemy number one and that the American air fighters devastate his camp in Afghanistan.It escapes again under a little rock, and after a few cycles of news passes to a new enemy and a new crisis ".
Nowhere in the book did he mention the need to "eliminate" Bin Laden.
The death of al-Baghdadi could have been a moment of bipartisan goodwill, which brought together the two bitterly divided sides of American politics for once. Instead, Democrats and Republicans both used it as an opportunity to get dishonest political points.
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