One of Commander-in-Chief Donald J. Trump’s first acts was to untie the hands of America’s generals and soldiers and destroy ISIS. It’s mission accomplished and the mainstream, fake news media hates the fact U.S. troops are returning home from Syria.
“We have won against ISIS. We have beaten them, and we have beaten them badly. We have taken back the land, and now it’s time for our troops to come back home,” President Trump reportedly said. “Our boys, our young women, our men, they’re all coming back. And they’re coming back now. We won. And that’s the way we want it. And that’s the way they want it.”
When President George W. Bush called for the invasion of Iraq, the left-leaning media railed against the move. When he followed his military advisors’ advice to implement “The Surge” to beat back terrorist insurgents, it was widely panned in the liberal media. But when Obama pushed an even larger surge and pulled U.S. armed forces from the region, the biased media called him a hero. No double standard here, nothing to see here folks.
While Obama’s politically popular withdrawal earned him a second term, it also spawned the most significant terror threat in our lifetime, ISIS. His legacy leaves hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children dead and displaced.
What did President Trump do that led to true victory? The military strategy is called “annihilation.” Americans may remember the long caravan of terrorists Obama allowed to withdraw, only to return in stronger force. President Trump, like an old Bronx tough guy, simple said, now you can’t leave. Coalition forces surrounded ISIS insurgents, bombed them into oblivion and killed upwards of 98 percent of the enemy in place. Everyday Americans may recall the politically incorrect “surrender or die” social media post that came out of the Pentagon under President Trump.
“If they surrender, we will safeguard them to their detainee facility cell, provide them chow, a cot and due process,” Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Command Sergeant Major John Wayne Troxell reportedly tweeted.
“HOWEVER, if they choose not to surrender, then we will kill them with extreme prejudice, whether that be through security force assistance, by dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools.”
The President Trump-led military terrorized the terrorists. The bulk of ISIS’ caliphate was decimated during his first year in office. It’s amazing what the most powerful military in the history of the world can accomplish once the shackles of political correctness are removed.
During 2018, U.S.-backed forces were ferreting out insurgents that sneaked away and were in hiding. When they formed a single stronghold, Pres. Trump dropped the Mother of All Bombs on it.
The mission was to retake the lands ISIS claimed and destroy its ability to wage war. The radical Islamic extremists were defanged in 2017. The ragtag bands holding small villages in Syria were never part of America’s mission.
“Five years ago, ISIS was a very powerful and dangerous force in the Middle East, and now the United States has defeated the territorial caliphate,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign.”
The few enemy combatants who are still above ground are hold up in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad is in the midst of a civil war on one front and battling ISIS on another. With Russia and Iran as Syria’s primary military allies, it has been a dangerous position for America to intervene.
Numerous reports show that American and Russian forces have been at odds. Russian mercenaries — the equivalent of American military contractors — have been killed by U.S. bombs. Recent reports indicate that the opposing sides have exchanged gunfire. To date, no American soldiers have been killed but it’s a tinderbox of hostilities. In terms of foreign policy, remaining as an unwelcome presence in Syria invites another world war.
President Trump is correct to claim victory and pivot into other methods to combat terrorism. Keep in mind that before 9/11, these Islamic extremists held virtually no ground. The military ground war is over. America won thanks to President Trump, but terror organizations continue to plot.