One of the many legacies of Mr. Obama that is about to be eliminated is his confused relationship with ISIS. Depending on its location, a local ISIS group might be getting US support clandestinely through the CIA, while in a different location, Obama would be ordering bombing raids. So it was never entirely clear what our relationship with ISIS was. With the change of presidents, that muddled policy has changed as well.
We’ve seen the videos. ISIS is a group of radical, violent, Islamic jihadists. If they are not blowing up opponents, then they are beheading them. They exhibit a level of primitive barbarism that is difficult to comprehend. It’s the sort of thing one reads about in history books, yet here we see these atrocities being committed today. If there is a group that needs to be eliminated, ISIS is it.
When it came to foreign affairs and military actions, Mr. Obama was in over his head the day he first arrived in the Oval Office. He might be able to get a bunch of hooligans from the streets of Chicago organized and all fired-up, but he was utterly unfurnished for dealing with the sort of issues and problems that inevitably confront a president. His policy toward Islamic terrorism was terribly confused, and this failing was no better illustrated than by his incoherent policy regarding ISIS. However, with the change of administrations, this problem is already being corrected.
It’s Monday, the first full-day of work for Donald Trump as president and General Mattis as secretary of defense. So there has to be some settling-in by these two men as they get the feel for their new jobs, right? Wrong. Talk about hitting the ground running – these two men have already accomplished more on their first day than one would have expected them to get done in the first week. And when it comes to actions by the Department of Defense under its new leader, ISIS must have been at the top of the to do list.
Proving that Mattis is a man of action like his boss Mr. Trump, it is reported that, “Newly minted Secretary of Defense James Mattis celebrated his first full day at the Pentagon by presiding over 31 strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”
Nothing to be gained by wasting time, is there? So what else can we know about this attack on the terrorist group? “A variety of fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft engaged in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. In Syria, two strikes destroyed ISIS units and artillery near the town of Bab. ISIS forces in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital, took a heavy beating, as 22 strikes destroyed 12 tactical units, nine fighting positions, two underground improvised explosive bomb factories and an ISIS headquarters. The final strike targeted two ISIS oil wells in Deir ez Zour.”
We don’t purport to be military experts, but this does not sound like an attack that was planned over the morning coffee. Someone had to direct the Pentagon to draw up plans for such an attack for Mattis’ review and approval. So Mr. Trump and Mr. Mattis were no doubt already at work even before their first full day on their jobs.
This is the sort of leadership that instills confidence and pride in our armed forces, something they have been deprived of for eight years. It should also build confidence in the American people.
And scare the daylights out of terrorist groups.
Source: Yes I’m Right