“Make America Great Again” was a brilliant slogan, but perhaps not even as good as one Trump adopted later in his campaign:
Make America SAFE Again.
The world has become a dangerous place, seeing violence the likes of which we have not witnessed since medieval times!
One of Trump’s campaign promises that I personally am most excited about is his promise to “wipe ISIS off the face of the earth.”
And now he has the formal plan to do so sitting on his desk, delivered personally from none other than General James “Mad Dog” Mattis!
Go get ’em boys, let’s wipe even the memory of these terrorist dogs off the face of the earth!
Here are more details from CNBC:
Following up on President Donald Trump’s request, Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday delivered a preliminary plan on how step up the fight against Islamic State — a plan likely to include more U.S. troops as well as further steps to tighten the screws on the terror group’s funding.
Analysts say they don’t see a plan that will include tens of thousands of U.S. troops but something more along the lines of up to 5,000 troops in Syria to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or also known as ISIS). There are about 500 troops currently authorized in Syria.
“As directed by the President on Jan. 28, the preliminary plan was developed in close coordination with interagency partners, and will now serve as a basis for broader discussion with the new National Security Advisor and White House,” a Pentagon spokesperson told CNBC Monday in a written response.
The official indicated that the plan to defeat the Islamic State is “a broad plan that’s global” in scope and “not just military, [and] it is not just Iraq and Syria.”
Trump pledged to defeat ISIS during the campaign and also has repeated it since becoming president.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) convention last Friday, Trump told attendees: “As part of my pledge to restore safety for the American people, I have…directed the defense community to develop a plan to totally obliterate ISIS. Working with our allies, we will eradicate this evil from the face of the Earth.”
Over the years, the ISIS group has been able to capture major cities in Syria and Iraq. It also has claimed thousands of lives in the Middle East and also become a threat outside the region.
ISIS-inspired terrorism has been blamed on deadly incidents across Europe and North America as well as in Africa. ISIS also has claimed responsibility for terror attacks in Australia and Asia.
“What that might look like is putting an extra 4,000 to 5,000 U.S. troops into Syria in order to help accelerate operations around Raqqa in the next 6 to 9 months,” said Hal Brands, a national security expert and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, D.C.
Adding more troops could help speed up the war but there’s also the need to reduce the flow of money to the Islamic State, according to analysts. That is one reason why experts suggest the Trump administration will take steps with other nations to reduce funds going to the terror group.