I have posted previously that I was very happy about President Trump’s selection for Defense Secretary, General James S. Mattis.
President Trump has said he would like to “wipe out” ISIS. General Mattis was critical of the Obama administration’s ISIS strategy, calling it “full of half measures.” So, if he thought the measures were “half” the solution is straightforward: double your effort. And that’s exactly what he did on his first day as Secretary of Defense.
The Secretary of Defense hit the ground running and utilized bombers, fighters and remotely piloted aircraft to carry out 31 bombings of ISIS. Two of the strikes in Syria successfully neutralized ISIS units, as well as artillery near the city of Bab. ISIS units in the city of Raqqa also suffered losses, with 22 strikes pulverizing 12 tactical units, two underground explosive bomb factories, and an ISIS base. Mattis also oversaw strikes that hit two ISIS oil wells in Syria.
The previous US efforts during the Obama campaign against ISIS averaged approximately 15 airstrikes per day according to airwars.org and the Defense Department. So let me put on my mathematics hat… and yes, that’s double!
Mattis instructs us: “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.” (Obama should have heeded this advice.)
And thanks to ALF for sending this to me.