During Barack Obama’s time in the White House, he allowed ISIS to effectively walk all over us because he was too afraid to risk offending Muslims by going after terrorists. Now that Donald Trump is in office, however, we finally have a president again who is not afraid to take action against radical Muslims.
Fox News reported that a top U.S. military official just confirmed that the military defeat of ISIS could be just “weeks” away. U.S. Central Command General Joseph Votel said this while speaking at Jordan’s National Defense School on Monday.
“The timeline for the military defeat of ISIS can now be measured in weeks,” Votel said, going on to warn that there is still “very tough fighting” going on in the Middle Euphrates River Valley.
It had preciously been reported that the terrorist group has lost 98 percent of the land it once held — with half of ISIS’ so-called “caliphate” having been recaptured since President Trump took office. These gains are what led to Votel’s assessment came after changes in the rules of engagement, instituted over the last year.
“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds weeks and weeks,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence. “The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian casualties.”
What happens after ISIS is gone, however, is a different story whether a wide-ranging Syria peace deal can happen soon in Geneva is no sure thing.
“I think we are probably a ways away from this,” Votel said at the event in Jordan. “As we defeat ISIS, many of the underlying tensions that have always existed in Syria are coming back to the forefront…makes pursuit of political solution not impossible but…complicated.”
Though ISIS has mostly been defeated in Iraq and Syria, it continues to use social media to call on followers around the world to conduct terror attacks in its name against U.S. and Western targets.
We’re so glad that we have a president who is not afraid to do what needs to be done to take ISIS down. God bless you, Donald Trump!