DANG: President Trump CLEANS UP Another Obama Mess
When Obama left office, ISIS was thriving.
These Muslim, “religion of peace”-worshiping clowns were large and in charge. They openly recruited with social media. Then, they constantly made videos bragging about their prowess and what was coming to Western society. For goodness sake, ISIS created a magazine glorifying the caliphate, and their goat-humping way of life.
You don’t hear much about them anymore.
Trump ran on the campaign promise to wipe ISIS off the face of the earth. And since his election, President Trump currently has actively engaged in that promise. Further, he rightfully claimed to have done more to defeat ISIS than Obama.
“We’ve done more against ISIS in nine months than the previous administration has done during its whole administration — by far, by far.”
— President Trump, in remarks before the Value Voters Summit, Oct. 13, 2017
And the anti-Trump, anti-American fake news Washington Post decided to dispute the president.
President Trump has made a variation of this claim repeatedly over the months, starting in July, when he proclaimed: “In five months we have done more against ISIS than anybody’s done since the beginning and we are having tremendous success with that.”
Every month since then, he has repeated the claim, simply updating the number of months. For instance, on Sept. 7, he said, “We have done better in eight months of my presidency than the previous eight years against ISIS.” (Never mind that the Islamic State terror group emerged as a significant force in Iraq and Syria in 2013, when it captured and raised its flag over Fallujah.)
President Trump repeated the claim, because it was true. However, the Washington Post decided to “fact check” President Trump’s claims.
Instead of focusing on the FACT that under President Trump ISIS shrunk, WaPo wrote this:
The Islamic State reached its height of control in late 2014, with defense consultant IHS Jane’s estimating a reach of 35,000 square miles in January 2015. On Sept. 10, 2014, Obama announced the formation of an international coalition to defeat the Islamic State, and a month later the Defense Department formally established Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve, which coordinates the activities of 73 nations in the mission. (Most of them do not contribute to warfighting but are expected to help with stabilization efforts in cleared areas.)
U.S. defense advisers then had to train and arm Iraqi security forces from the ground up. After three years, their performance has improved considerably, experts said.
By the time Trump took office, Islamic State territory had fallen to 23,000 square miles, according to Jane’s. As of June of this year, the Islamic State controlled 14,000 square miles — and it has fallen further since. But far more of the “liberation” of territory, in square miles, took place before Trump took office, including the recapture of east Mosul as well as cities across Anbar province (Fallujah) and key Syrian cities such as Manbij that controlled the Turkish-Syrian frontier.
Thus, the defeat of ISIS, a professed campaign promise by Trump, has nothing to do with President Trump’s actions.
Instead, President Trump’s continuation of Obama’s policies caused the decimation of ISIS, at least according to WaPo.
And I really love this part in the article, where they claim that Obama would have gotten to where we find ourselves now:
“There is no doubt that the Trump administration followed the basic strategy set in place by the Obama administration,” said Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA. “There is no doubt that Obama would have gotten where Trump is at this moment as well.”
But if you find that logic a bit flawed, check out this statement by a former Obama FBI agent.
“There were no significant changes in the overall plan in combating ISIS,” said Ali Soufan, chief executive of the Soufan Group, and a former FBI agent who specialized in international terrorism cases. “What we are witnessing today is mostly the fruits of what the former administration started.”
No significant changes?
If you believe the data, Obama shrunk ISIS territory from 90,800 to 60,400 (roughly 30,000) over a period of two years. On the other hand, Trump shrunk ISIS territory from 60,400 to 36,200 (roughly 24,000) in six months.
Keep in mind, this map only goes through JUNE. The WaPo article was written at the end October, 3 months later than the graph. So if we extrapolate the rate of deterioration of ISIS based on the map, Trump has taken back at least another 12,000 km2 of terrority.
Even the former deputy director of the CIA had to acknowledge a few “changes” made by Trump:
Morell added that there is a “compelling argument” that some tactical changes made by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, such as more Special Forces on the ground and putting them closer to the fight, resulted in an acceleration of the coalition meeting its objectives. Trump also allowed commanders on the ground to make some battlefield decisions, avoiding micromanagement from Washington. (One example often cited by officials is when Syrian Democratic Forces requested the use of V-22 Osprey aircraft to cross Lake Assad in order to surprise militants in the town of Tabqa, which was approved on spot without getting buy-in from the White House.)
Funny what happens when the Commander in Chief actually relies on intel from the troops. Then, he allows his generals, people trained in war strategies to engage.
WaPo gave President Trump “3 Pinocchios” in his assessment of ISIS. But did fake news WaPo play partisan politics? Of course.
According to Fox News:
The massive gains come after years of “onerous” rules, when critics say the Obama administration “micromanaged” the war and shunned a more intensive air strategy that could have ended the conflict much sooner.
“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds weeks and weeks,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence. “The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian casualties.”
The latest American intelligence assessment says fewer than 1,000 ISIS fighters now remain in Iraq and Syria, down from a peak of nearly 45,000 just two years ago. U.S. officials credit nearly 30,000 U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and regional partners on the ground for killing more than 70,000 jihadists. Meanwhile, only a few thousand have returned home.
So the number of ISIS scumbags shrunk from 70,000 to 1,000. Funny how the WaPo article conveniently omitted this factoid.
The Left hate to admit that President Trump makes Obama look ineffective. Trump accomplishes what Obama couldn’t in a fraction of the time. Because that’s what happens when you have stated goals, and you are determined to achieve them.