While on the campaign trail, former reality show star Donald Trump slammed his predecessor over ISIS even though President Barack Obama was taking out Islamic state fighters like a ninja. Trump called the Obama administration’s plan “stupid” and “a total failure.” Trump didn’t want to divulge his plan to defeat ISIS and said, “I don’t want the enemy to know what I’m doing. Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to tell at some point, but there is a method of defeating them quickly and effectively and having total victory.”
Well, that was then and now, his commanders are at a loss due to Trump’s ineffective leadership.
American commanders say that they have succeeded in killing nearly 65,000 ISIS fighters, but just as the terrorist group looks to be on the brink of defeat, senior officials are now concerned that their efforts will be wasted, NBC News reports.
U.S. commanders say that a lack of guidance from the White House is threatening their mission to destroy ISIS.
This would be a good time for Trump to explain his secret plan to the military:
Cracks are showing in America’s alliance with the Kurds of northern Syria, who question whether they can rely on the U.S. under President Donald Trump.”
“We’re on the two-yard line. We could literally fall into the end zone. We’re that close to total victory, to wiping out the ISIS caliphate in Syria,” one U.S. special forces commander said. “We’re that close and now it’s coming apart.”
It’s not just one commander, but more than a half-dozen senior officials share the same concerns.
“We send memos. We tell them [the White House] what is going on. I’m not sure they’re listening, or if they even know what we’re doing out here,” another commander told NBC. “I don’t think anyone is home right now.”
In 2016, US officials reported that at least 75% of ISIS fighters had been killed during the campaign of US-led airstrikes, but that was during the Obama administration. Trump has no idea what he’s doing, and now that he’s announced his strategy after all — that America would be “coming out of Syria like very soon” — he’s left the men and women in charge of fighting this war, a war he has no concept of, out on the battlefield.
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Image.