For eight years Barack Obama dithered as ISIS gained in strength.
That all changed when Donald Trump took office and appointed James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense.
Mattis unleashed fire and fury on ISIS and no one could believe the results.
In just 11 months, ISIS is on the run.
Their caliphate has been shattered and territory they boasted about conquering has been returned to local control.
That’s due in large part to the strategy put in place by Secretary Mattis.
Fox News reports:
“Just over a year later, ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that’s surprised even the men and women who carried out the mission. Experts say it’s a prime example of a campaign promise kept. President Trump scrapped his predecessor’s rules of engagement, which critics say hamstrung the military, and let battlefield decisions be made by the generals in the theater, and not bureaucrats in Washington.
At its peak, ISIS held land in Iraq and Syria that equaled the size of West Virginia, ruled over as many as 8 million people, controlled oilfields and refineries, agriculture, smuggling routes and vast arsenals. It ran a brutal, oppressive government, even printing its own currency.
The terror organization now controls just 3 percent of Iraq and less than 5 percent of Syria. Its self-styled “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is believed to be injured and holed up somewhere along the lawless border of Syria and Iraq.
ISIS remains a danger, as members who once ruled cities and villages like a quasi-government now live secretly among civilian populations in the region, in Europe and possibly in the U.S. These cells will likely present a terrorist threat for years. In addition, the terrorist organization is attempting to regroup in places such as the Philippines, Libya and the Sinai Peninsula.
But the military’s job — to take back the land ISIS claimed as its caliphate and liberate cities like Mosul, in Iraq, and Raqqa, in Syria, as well as countless smaller cities and villages, is largely done. And it has taken less than a year.”
Barack Obama’s ISIS strategy consisted of weakness and failure.
Hillary Clinton campaigned on his third term and the American people took a pass.
They chose Trump because he pledged to defeat radical Islamic terrorism.
And he is making good on his word.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in the fight against ISIS.