Let’s remember back to 2011. At 12:49 p.m. on Oct. 21 President Obama strode into the White House briefing room (a Friday afternoon – standard political practice to bury a news story) to “report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year—after nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.” He acted as though this represented a triumph. But, in fact, he failed to sign a Status of Forces Agreement that had been negotiated by the Bush administration that would have left 10,000 US troops available to help Iraqi forces with any threat to Iraq sovereignty.
So what happened? A group slit off from al Qaeda and changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The group stormed out of Syria and launched an offensive on Mosul and Tikrit in June 2014. On June 29, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi announced the formation of a caliphate stretching from Aleppo in Syria to Diyala in Iraq, and renamed the group the Islamic State.
The Iraqi troops fled, often with firing a shot, leaving behind a trove of US military equipment. According to Reuters, the U.S.-made weaponry that fell into enemy hands included 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles, at least 40 M1A1 main battle tanks, 74,000 machine guns, and as many as 52 M198 howitzer mobile gun systems, plus small arms and ammunition.
America then had the “opportunity” to watch ISIS fighters doing “donuts” in the dusty streets of Mosul in US M1A1 battle tanks, beheading innocents, burning and drowning people alive – videos that will live in infamy. There were thousands of murdered Christians and thousands of young Iraqi girls sold into sexual slavery. Sadly Obama never understood that there is a kind of peace that only comes on the other side of war.
ISIS has been one of the main news stories for several years. One would think that their defeat would have been news just shy of VE Day. But, no.
[Source: A war Trump won, by Ross Douthat of the New York Times]
A surprising source (the New York Times) finally praised President Trump for his support of a stellar plan that drove ISIS out of Iraq and Syria.
The war against ISIS consumed headlines a mere two years ago and dominated political debate. Then… they were defeated and somehow nobody seemed to notice.
[From the Douthat article] I mean the war against the Islamic State, whose expansion was the defining foreign policy calamity of Barack Obama’s second term, whose executions of Americans made the U.S.A. look impotent and whose utopian experiment drew volunteers drunk on world-historical ambitions and metaphysical dreams… but this was an American war too, and we succeeded without massive infusions of ground troops, without accidentally getting into a war with Russia, and without inspiring a huge wave of terrorism in the West.
And, unlike what Obama apologists were saying, to accomplish this major feat President Trump didn’t need to go to war with Bashar al-Assad, or Russia, or intervene in a Turkish/Kurdish war. He didn’t need to create a Syrian Opposition Army.
The reasons for the “near silence:”
- The pundits were all wrong – they don’t want to relive their stupid predictions.
- The victory made Obama look the fool – that means 98% of journalists wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.
- Trump had a victory – that means 98% of journalists wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.
- In the Trump era the press only has an appetite for BAD news.
- Even if Trump claimed a victory, the Obama apologists would be out in force “explaining why it was actually Obama” that should get the credit.
Perhaps you remember what the pundits said about the risks of electing Donald Trump to lead foreign policy. It was supposed to be one disaster after the next. Do you hear them saying “Sorry about that?”
And thanks to CAG for sending this to me.