Donald Trump talked a big game regarding radical Islamic terrorism over the course of the 2016 election, and many were not sure if those words were going to be backed up with action.
After 6 weeks in office, it seems as though we may be getting an answer, as the first reports of our military engagement of ISIS in Syria are rolling in. If there was any inkling that President Donald Trump was going to let these Jihadists off easy, those fears can be put to rest.
According to USA Today, Trump is well on his way to trouncing ISIS with a record number of bombings.
“The U.S.-led coalition has dropped a record number of bombs on Islamic State targets so far this year, a sign of intensified action even before President Trump has had a chance to deliver on his promise of ramped-up efforts to defeat the radical group.
“The coalition dropped 7,494 bombs, rockets and other munitions in Iraq and Syria during the first nine weeks of this year, up nearly 50% from 5,025 during the same period in 2016 and nearly double 4,100 strikes in 2015, according to Air Forces Central Command.
“In the seven-day period beginning Feb. 17, the coalition dropped a record 1,064 munitions on militant targets in Iraq and Syria as Iraq’s military pressed farther into Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and the radical group’s last major stronghold in the country.”
These astounding numbers belie a departure from the policies of the past President, Barack Obama, who was infamous for his unwillingness to use the phrase “radical Islamic terror” in reference to ISIS and the like. His lack of engagement in the Middle East had previously contributed to a spike in terror attacks during his presidency, and a general feeling of helplessness against the Islamic State.
Now, ISIS is preparing to get Trumped.