The military is celebrating their return to excellence as they roll over ISIS like the terrorist group is merely trash in the street. According to members of the military, this is all thanks to the unleashing of Mattis, and the removal of Obama-era policies that hampered them.
According to Fox News, the military’s mishandling at the hands of the Obama administration allowed the world’s public enemy number one to regroup after defeats, prolonging their existence and putting even more lives in danger.
“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,” said Fox News of an event that occurred in August of last year. “But the orders to bomb the black-clad jihadists never came, and the terrorists melted into their caliphate — living to fight another day.”
That all changed the day a freshly elected President Trump turned loose his freshly appointed Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Mattis removed restrictions that had plagued our military for so long, and as a result, ISIS began to burn away like tissue paper on fire.
Where ISIS had previously held large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, Fox News reports that they’re down to owning 3 percent and 5 percent in those respective countries. Their capitals and strongholds, like Mosul and Raqqa, have all been liberated. Under Mattis, this only took less than a year.
“The leadership team that is in place right now has certainly enabled us to succeed,” Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft, the ranking U.S. Air Force officer in Iraq, told Fox News. “I couldn’t ask for a better leadership team to work for, to enable the military to do what it does best.”
President Trump gave a free hand to Mattis, who in May stressed military commanders were no longer being slowed by Washington “decision cycles,” or by the White House micromanaging that existed President Obama. As a result of the new approach, the fall of ISIS in Iraq came even more swiftly than hardened U.S. military leaders expected.
“It moved more quickly than at least I had anticipated,” Croft said. “We and the Iraqi Security Forces were able to hunt down and target ISIS leadership, target their command and control.”
“We are really hammering the terrorists at last,” Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) told Fox News. “Don’t expect an end but we have definitely turned the tide. The terrorists are on the defensive and in the Middle East, the caliphate is done.”
Indeed, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS’s self-styled “caliph” is thought to be injured and hiding somewhere between Syria and Iraq.
Brig. Gen. Robert “G-Man” Sofge, the top U.S. Marine in Iraq told Fox News that his commanders “enjoyed not having to deal with too many distractions and there was no question about what the mission here in Iraq was.”
“We were able to focus on what our job was without distraction and I think that goes a long way in what we are trying to accomplish here,” he added.
This is a solid lesson for any future presidents. Getting out of the military’s way, and putting competent commanders in charge, gets things done. The world is becoming better off with terrorists losing ground and lives as our men and women in arms are finally able to do their jobs.