Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis outlined the administration’s plan of attack against the Islamic State group on Sunday, and it differed like night and day from the limp-wristed wartime strategies pursued by former President Barack Obama.
“Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. It is a threat to all civilized nations,” Mattis candidly told “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson. “And the bottom line is, we are going to move in an accelerated and reinforced manner, throw them on their back foot.”
“We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them,” he added.
The overall goal, Mattis argued, is to ensure that the Islamic State group’s militants don’t live to fight another day — and are literally stopped dead in their tracks.
“You see that right now, for example, in western Mosul … that is surrounded and the Iraqi security forces are moving against them,” he continued, referring to a “final push” effort against the Islamic State group-controlled Iraqi city that should have it freed from the terrorists’ grips by early June.
“Tal Afar is now surrounded. We have got efforts underway right now to surround their self-declared caliphate capital of Raqqa. That surrounding operation is going on. And once surrounded, then we’ll go in and clean them out.”
And by “clean them out,” he meant kill them like cockroaches.
Now just compare and contrast the Trump administration’s tough approach with that of Obama, who allowed the terror group to grow and metastasize like a malignant cancer across the Middle East and elsewhere. Not anymore, though.
With real leaders now in control of the White House and the Pentagon, the Islamic State group’s “good times” days are over for good. And at this rate, their lives will also soon be over as well.
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