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Monday, July 10, 2017

ISIS crushed -- another thing CNN got wrong

From CNN last September:
Retired general calls Trump's 30-day ISIS order 'sophomoric'
Sophomores must rule then.

In the last 24 hours, Syria and the Islamic State rebels have agreed to a cease-fire, and Iraq has taken back

Just as Obama had assured us the Islamic State was the JVs wearing Kobe Bryant's uniform (he thinks basketball references keep his street cred), CNN assured us that President Trump's call as a candidate to have the generals run the show was sophomoric.

The battle with the Islamic State is not over, of course, but the Islamic State is shrinking -- the opposite of what it did under the previous Democratic president.

On September 7, it trotted out a three-star on staff to explain:
A retired army general is slamming Donald Trump's remarks that as President he will ask the US military to come up with a plan within one month to defeat ISIS.
"I had to ask myself, what the hell does he think we've been trying to do for the last 14 years in terms of al Qaeda?" Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling told Anderson Cooper on AC360 on Tuesday.
At a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump said that on day one of his presidency, he would convene his top generals and give what he called a "simple instruction" to in 30 days submit to the Oval Office "a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS."
Well, I hate to say a general is wrong, but, it sure looks like it.

More from the story:
"It shows a complete lack of understanding of the threat and the ways to fight it," Hertling said. "It's a sophomoric approach to elements of national security policy because if he's just calling in the military, he's missing the point that there are several other elements of national security that will help defeat ISIS."
Hertling argued that the US has made some good advances against ISIS.
Democrats have highlighted statements Trump has made about military leaders in the past, most notably criticizing him for saying in November 2015, "I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me." Hillary Clinton brought up the line in July, saying, "No, Donald, you don't."
Hmm. She needs to apologize, because yes, Donald knew more than one general.

From the president:
Today, Iraqi Security Forces, supported by the United States and the Global Coalition, liberated the city of Mosul from its long nightmare under the rule of ISIS. We congratulate Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi Security Forces, and all Iraqis for their victory over terrorists who are the enemies of all civilized people.
We mourn the thousands of Iraqis brutally killed by ISIS and the millions of Iraqis who suffered at the hands of ISIS.  We grieve with the Iraqi people for the loss of the heroic soldiers and Peshmerga who gave their lives to restore life to their country, and we honor their sacrifice.  We in the United States and the Global Coalition are proud to stand with the Iraqi Security Forces and all those who made this moment of liberation possible.
We have made tremendous progress against ISIS – more in the past 6 months than in the years since ISIS became a major threat.  The victory in Mosul, a city where ISIS once proclaimed its so-called “caliphate,” signals that its days in Iraq and Syria are numbered.  We will continue to seek the total destruction of ISIS.
Under Obama, the president wanted to control everything in the military, even the decision to kill Osama bin Laden.

President Trump has more than 40 years as a CEO building things. He knows to hire architects and general contractors, and let them do the job.

The people made a mistake in 2008 and repeated it in 2012.

But on November 8, 2016, they corrected it.

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  1. "what the hell does he think we've been trying to do for the last 14 years in terms of al Qaeda"

    For the last 14 years we have been trying to avoid hurting anyone's feelings.

  2. I pity anyone who had to serve under this turd.

  3. Keep the lawyers and politicians off the battle field decisions if you want to win wars.

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  5. Adorable Don Surber! Can I start calling you Adorable Big D? Hahaha...

    But on to topic: Hertling is/was a chickenshit for not challenging, loudly and vociferously, the ridiculous ROE imposed on the military by The Black Jesus. Put your career at risk - hell, even resign if necessary - rather than go along & get along with an administration that wanted ISIS to win. Yes, I'll say it. Else how do you explain the Iran deal? Among the many masks Soetero wore comfortably, one of them was the Christian mask. Mr. T don't play that jive. He knows, as Rush does and often says, that the purpose of the military is to kill people and break things. War is all hell. What's needed next is a vid of a couple ISIS pukes getting acquainted with two dozen Western Timber Rattlesnakes that have been injected with amphetamines. Don't tread on us, you sick f---s. Twitch violently, turn Deep Purple, and die. And sorry, no virgins await either. Sux ta be you.

  6. With these comments, I bet Hertling was being groomed (or was grooming himself) as a potential Democrat candidate for office.

    We'll see soon enough. If he does run, I hope his smirky comments come back to haunt him.

    1. P.S. On second thought, it's obvious what Hertling was doing: auditioning for Hillary's administration.

      Bad decision, General. Enjoy your pension check.

  7. Didn't Obama declare we won in Iraq, and then let it fall back into war? Seems to be the way I remember it.

  8. Trump let the fighting men call the shots.