ISIS kills 4 Americas after POTUS telegraphs our intentions.
ISIS kills 4 Americas after POTUS telegraphs our intentions.
What do you get when you discuss troop withdrawal, lack a clear perspective of Islamic Terrorists, and have a Congress so focused on pursuit down the Russia Rabbit Hole that it is willing to forgo American lives? You get Americans killed. Congratulations DC. I hope the hand you use to pat yourselves on the back doesn’t leave a bloody handprint on your clean suit.
Gee, Narcissi…you sound a little upset.
No, I’m beyond upset. We’ve seen this play before, and it didn’t end well. This week it ended with the deaths of 4 Americans in Syria.
Somebody needs to tell the Veep that this type of talk riles the crazies.
“Thanks to the courage of our armed forces, we have crushed the ISIS caliphate and devastated its capabilities,” Mr. Pence said. “As we begin to bring our troops home, the American people can be assured, for the sake of our soldiers, their families and our nation, we will never allow the remnants of ISIS to re-establish their evil and murderous caliphate — not now, not ever.”
Okay Mike, how are you going to stop it? This isn’t a conventional enemy, and never was. The comment inspires the enemy to fight harder, longer, and be more versatile than politicians think possible. And your boss, likes to think he fired the one guy who actually looked into the faces of these freaks. Mike, this is your “Mission Accomplished” moment, and it’s not good.
After historic victories against ISIS, it’s time to bring our great young people home! pic.twitter.com/xoNjFzQFTp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
Matthew Levitt, the Fromer-Wexler fellow and director of the Reinhard program on counterterrorism and intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy disagrees. In “War on the Rocks“, he and Aaron Zelin bring up very good points about why your approach is wrong. Their basis for this thinking is the expansion of ISIS after your two predecessors made statements similar to yours (Bush, Obama).
The president’s decision to declare victory in Syria and pull out U.S. forces recalls the mistakes that Presidents Bush and Obama made by underestimating earlier ISIL iterations…. Obama’s derisive labeling of ISIL that same month as the “J.V. Squad,” in comparison to al-Qaeda, occurred merely six months before the group seized territory the size of Britain spanning parts of Iraq and Syria. Trump’s abrupt withdrawal suggests a similar overconfidence. Yet it is arguably worse.
Just like bedbugs, ISIS is hard to eradicate. So, what is the plan to kill them off?
Islamic Terrorists are not just brown people from the Middle East. Radicalized Islamic Terrorists come from almost every nation. In “New Face of Terrorism in 2019” Foreign Policy’s Vera Mironova writes,
The wars in the Middle East have transformed militants from Russian-speaking areas, who previously focused on fighting repressive governments at home, into global terrorists. By 2017, at least 8,500 fighters from former Soviet republics had flocked to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State. That experience gave many of these jihadis their first taste battling U.S. and NATO troops, and it left them looking for vengeance, convinced that future operations should be aimed at the West.
Ahmed Chataev, for example, who allegedly organized the attack on Istanbul’s airport, apparently first cooked up plans to strike Western targets while fighting in Iraq and Syria. A phone conversation leaked last year between Chataev and another Russian-speaking terrorist, Islam Atabiev, revealed that the two were planning to collect intelligence on several U.S. consulates and restaurants popular with Americans in Turkey and Georgia.
The Russian Islamic Terrorists fought beside their brethren in Syria. Color me shocked. Many of these Islamic Terrorists hold passports issued by Russia. A country that is “well-known for providing passports to radicals from the Caucasus on the grounds that letting would-be jihadis leave the country is easier than dealing with them at home.”
Given the opportunity to craft solid legislation and funding to protect American citizens and her warriors, newly empowered Democrats focus on “Trussia.” Unfortunately, their focus with Russia is the one that relates to uncovering collusion with Trump. The Russian ISIS fighters who learned their tradecraft fighting in Syria are not the concern of the Democrats. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will create a new subcommittee devoted to investigating President Trump. Donald Trump is a bigger threat than Islamic Terrorists. The terrorists who hold passports readily accepted in the USA, and look European are a lessor threat than the POTUS. Marta Hernandez posted an excellent overview of this sub-committee swap (here).
To bring it all back to a point, this week we lost 4 Americans to an ISIS suicide bomber in Syria. It was at least the sixth major attack by the ISIS in less than a month, one of the deadliest days that the American coalition suffered in Syria. ISIS, emboldened by the mere idea that the US is leaving Syria is flexing their muscles, attacking areas that are under American protection. A restaurant routinely visited by US forces while on patrol, wasn’t a random location. It required intelligence gathering and planning. Up-thread the bolded text highlights Russians talking about using this ISIS tactic.
Meanwhile, the President and Vice President perpetuate the narrative that the Caliphate is destroyed, and what’s left of ISIS is no longer our problem. They completely disregard the advice and opinion of their advisors and outside experts who disagree with that assertion.
And this brings us to Democrats in Congress. A group so filled with animosity to Trump that their already myopic vision is clouded by their desire to nab him for doing something. Illegal, unethical, immoral…they don’t care. Their vitriol is overshadowing their responsibility to American Citizens.
The new year is starting to look a lot like the previous years where we telegraph our strategies, and engage in political battles. With the inclusion of ISIS’s expansion to the mix, the only carnage will be borne by the citizens who were left to the wolves by their government. This will allow the politicians to keep their suits clean of blood while they pat their own backs.
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