Donald Trump, on the campaign trail, was fond of making some extremely bold claims about how he would deal with radical Islamic terror…and now, he’s backing those claims up.
While the President is in the midst of a strategic Middle Eastern romp starting in Saudi Arabia, word has gotten out about how exactly the Commander in Chief plans to attack ISIS and the like. A game of propaganda, aimed at ended radicalization? Strategic, covert strikes against the heads of their sects? Obama-style, futile diplomacy?
Oh no. The President has instructed the Pentagon to take a much more direct approach.
“President Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to ‘annihilate’ the Islamic State group in Syria in a bid to prevent escaped foreign fighters from returning home, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.
“The move to encircle then kill as many jihadists in place as possible — rather than letting them exit a city and targeting them as they flee — reflects an increased urgency to stop battle-hardened jihadists bringing their military expertise and ideology back to European capitals and other areas.
“The president has ‘directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS,’ Mattis said, using an acronym for IS.
“‘The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters.'”
“Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to quickly defeat IS, signed an executive order soon after taking office giving his generals 30 days to come up with a revised plan to wipe the jihadists out.
“The review resulted in the new ‘annihilation campaign’ and saw commanders gain greater autonomy to make battlefield decisions.”
George W. Bush had his “Shock and Awe” campaign. Obama had his “foolishly give them whatever the want” campaign. Now, Trump, citing the need for a serious solution to a sever problem, has his “Annihilation” campaign.
While our federal government certainly falters under its own weight with certain tasks, one thing that we do well every time is blow up bad guys. Now, with free range and the motivation to do so, get ready for the Pentagon to put on quite the fireworks show in the Middle East.
Of course, complications could arise while attacking ISIS in Syria. Russia has already claimed that any military actions that target Syrian government entities will be met with force, and, given their propensity for twisting the truth, Syrian action will require skillful strikes and heavy handed diplomacy to back it up.