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On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 1:26:35 PM UTC-5, anon1 wrote:
> On 12/27/2017 4:00 AM,Iirish Ranger wrote:
>  > "Since Trump took office, ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory 
> it once held."
>  > Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon
>  >
>  > The massive gains come after years of "onerous" rules, when critics 
> say the Obama administration “micromanaged” the war and shunned a more 
> intensive air strategy that could have ended the conflict much sooner.
>  >
>  > “The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. 
> I mean what were we doing having individual target determination being 
> conducted in the White House, which in some cases added weeks and 
> weeks,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head 
> of U.S. Air Force intelligence. “The limitations that were put on 
> actually resulted in greater civilian casualties.”
>  >
>  > The latest American intelligence assessment says fewer than 1,000 
> ISIS fighters now remain in Iraq and Syria, down from a peak of nearly 
> 45,000 just two years ago. U.S. officials credit nearly 30,000 U.S.-led 
> coalition airstrikes and regional partners on the ground for killing 
> more than 70,000 jihadists. Meanwhile, only a few thousand have returned 
> home.
>  >
>  > The remaining ISIS strongholds are concentrated in a small area along 
> the border of Syria and Iraq. ISIS, at one point, when Obama was in 
> office, controlled an area the size of Ohio.
>  >
>  > While ISIS has been largely defeated, it continues to call on 
> followers around the world to conduct terror attacks during the holidays 
> with a new message sprouting up on Tuesday, and a suicide attack in 
> Kabul on Christmas with ISIS claiming responsibility. It’s part of the 
> terror group’s effort to expand influence into Africa and Afghanistan. 
> The U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition warned late last week not to 
> expect a complete defeat anytime soon.
>  >
>  > “ISIS became a brand, and a lot of pre-existing terrorist groups — 
> you’ve seen this in the Sinai, for example — start to raise the flag of 
> ISIS, mainly to recruit foreign fighters and other things,” said Brett 
> McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter 
> ISIS at the U.S. Department of State, in a press briefing Thursday with 
> reporters at the State Department.
>  >
>  > Deptula thinks the ISIS fight would have ended much sooner if 
> then-President Obama had given his military commander in the field more 
> authority. He compared President Obama’s actions to President Lyndon B. 
> Johnson during the Vietnam War.
>  >
>  > “Obama micromanaged the war,” Deptula said. “We could have 
> accomplished our objectives through the use of overwhelming air power in 
> three months not in three years.”
>  >
>  > Deptula said ISIS-controlled oil supplies weren’t targeted for 15 
> months beginning in 2014, giving the terror group $800 million in much 
> needed revenue to plot attacks and enslave millions of innocents."
>  >
>  > Irish Mike
>  >
>  > "ISIS is just a JV team." - Barack Obama
> ------------------------------------------------------
> Ever wonder why, despite the good economy, stock market, ISIS, and all 
> the other news that things are going pretty good, Trump’s approval & 
> favorability is in the 30s while Obama’s is in the 60s and going up. 
> (see article below)
> I’ll answer that for you. It’s because unlike morons like you, Travel, 
> and Vanek, most reasonably intelligent people realize it has nothing to 
> do with the orange baboon.

LOL!  This from the same smug left wingers who predicted, right up to election day, that Trump
didn't have a chance to win the election.  They crowed that their polls showed that every one
loved Obama and Hillary and that every one hated Trump.  They gleefully predicted a massive
landslide victory for Hillary.  They declared that it was going to be an historic loss for Trump and
virtual coronation for Hillary.  How did that work out for you?

Irish Mike