From Fox News
Hundreds of ISIS fighters had just been chased out of a northern Syrian city and were fleeing through the desert in long convoys, presenting an easy target to U.S. A-10 “warthogs.”
But the orders to bomb the black-clad jihadists never came, and the terrorists melted into their caliphate — living to fight another day. The events came in August 2016, even as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was vowing on the campaign trail to let generals in his administration crush the organization that, under Obama, had grown from the “jayvee team” to the world’s most feared terrorist organization.
“I will…quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS,” Trump, who would name legendary Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense, promised. “We will not have to listen to the politicians who are losing the war on terrorism.”
……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.
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.
While Iraq imploded, Obama went golfing and implemented ‘limited combat ops‘ against ISIS. He did the same shit in Afghanistan. Obama’s dicked-up ‘victory isn’t necessarily the goal’ involved ridiculous shit like Karzai’s 12 Rules,
You don’t negotiate with the enemy, you annihilate them. You don’t give them office space, you crush them to the point where they will never again have the ability to do harm.
The whole point of going into Afghanistan was not just to get Bin Laden, (even though he escaped to Pakistan), but to defeat one of the enemies responsible for the 9/11 atrocities. Obama did not defeat them, they were propped up by a SCOAMF who was totally incapable of making good decisions.
If America really wanted to win, we’d have gone all out as we did in WWII and dedicated our efforts to a complete and unequivocal defeat of every single Islamic state in existence.
And least Trump is allowing the military to actually finish the job.