A Week of Gratitude 2018: Trump v ISIS

All too often around the world, and here, we only hear about how bleak things are getting.  And that’s very important; we cannot sugarcoat the problem.  We’ve been doing that as a nation for decades now and the problems herein have festered.  But all negativity all the time can have detrimental effects.  In this week leading up to Thanksgiving we should also reflect on the things we are thankful for and the good that IS being done.  Today we reflect on President Trump’s handling of ISIS.

Remember ISIS?  You can almost make that joke now.  It wasn’t that long ago that terrorist attacks claimed by ISIS happened in the United States, France, and Germany on a monthly if not weekly basis.  The situation seemed bleak, almost inevitable.  Like we needed to accept it and couldn’t do anything about it.  “Part and parcel” of living in this new globalized world, perhaps.  Our then Commander in Chief at the time, Obama, didn’t offer much in the way of a positive long-term outlook either:

Barack Obama has dubbed the US-led campaign against the Islamic State a “generational struggle” as he underscored the need to not just defeat the terrorist group on the ground but also to “discredit their ideology”.

“This broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort,” Obama said in remarks from the Pentagon on Monday. “Ideologies are not defeated by guns. They’re defeated with better ideas – a more attractive and more compelling vision.

“This larger battle for hearts and minds is going to be a generational struggle,” he added. “It’s ultimately not going to be won or lost by the United States alone. It will be decided by the countries and communities that terrorists like Isil [an alternative acronym for Islamic State/Isis] target.”

Contrast that with President Trump:

WE have to get rid of ISIS, we have no choice.

No BS, no long timeline, no excuses.  President Trump, with General Mattis as his bulldog, has made rather quick work of the group that was once thought to be a “generational struggle”.  Rest assured, whether it’s ISIS, or whatever acronym they come up with next for whatever new cell pops up, President Trump will deal with them as swiftly.

Look at the above graph.  President Trump made about the same amount of progress, perhaps a little more, than Obama in his first year, though that first year took some time to get his Cabinet approved and things in order before he could really be said to be fully in control.  When he was, observe the change from 2017 to 2018.  Those who like to praise Obama and take credit away from Trump, whether it’s this, or the economy, are disingenuous and never heap blame on the man.  The fact that Obama allowed ISIS to become a thing to the extent that they did in the first place is never mentioned.  Promise made, promise kept, by President Trump.

Something that those paying attention may find interesting is that many of the problems we are told are impossible to solve, or will take generations, or are simply too complicated, really aren’t so.  Often times they want us to think they are this way so that we become accustomed to controlled struggle and hardship.  To live under the illusion that the government is doing all that they can when in reality they know what’s possible and are controlling what they give us and in what quantity they do so.  The struggle against ISIS is one great example.  Is it really so far-fetched to believe that having ISIS be around at all is something the government, or perhaps the CIA, wants to justify their budget and always increasing reach?  Or how about jobs.  Obama famously quipped that those factory jobs weren’t ever coming back.  They did.  Or that trade deals are so convoluted and complicated that they are impossible to renegotiate.  Or how about immigration?  We’re told that it’s an inevitability and that we just need to accept it as the way the world is in 2018.  This, perhaps more than any other, is the easiest to see what’s going on.  President Trump has tried to control the border now for 2+ years and the only thing holding him back are corrupt politicians and politically motivated judges.  The problem could already be solved, but they are going to more and more extreme measures to stop it because they don’t want it stopped.  Not because it’s impossible to stop.

But let’s be grateful for what has been done.  This barbaric terrorist group has largely been squelched.  The job isn’t done, but they hold a lot less territory and influence today than they did not so long ago.  The prospects seem a lot more positive now, and we have President Trump to thank for that.

Yazidi refugee flees Germany to escape ISIS man who bought her for $100…who has also claimed refugee status in Germany

This story really gives you a warm fuzzy feeling about the vetting process for these so-called refugees.  A Yazidi refugee now living in Germany was confronted there by a man who was in ISIS and bought her for $100.  She fled to Germany to escape that nightmare.  Now, she is fleeing to IRAQ to escape this man again in Germany.  What’s even more tragic is this man cannot be prosecuted properly as he too has refugee status.

What struck me first was the fact she actually put the time in to learn German.  Imagine that.

There is no doubt a small portion of refugees pouring into Germany are truly in need. Far far far less than the number they are actually allowing in.  And we’ve been told they are vetted thoroughly before being let in.  How?  Many do not have proper paperwork.  And the countries they are fleeing from hardly ever have helpful paperwork to thoroughly vet an incoming refugee.  With that in mind it’s not shocking at all that even ISIS members are easily infiltrating refugee ranks and claiming status throughout Europe.

And it’s not a problem isolated to Europe.  Just this week in the United States an ISIS man was arrested in Sacramento.  Via Fox News:

Ameen allegedly arrived in Rawah, Iraq “with a caravan of ISIS vehicles” — after the organization gained control of the town on June 21, 2014 — and made their way to the Rawah police officer’s home, officials said. The following day, multiple group members, including Ameen, allegedly shot the officer.

“Ameen then allegedly fired his weapon at the victim while the victim was on the ground, killing him,” officials said.

The suspect is accused of being a member of ISIS and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), as well as carrying out tasks for the groups, “including helping to plant improvised explosive devices,” according to the news release.

Following the alleged incident, Ameen relocated to Sacramento from Iraq “as a purported refugee” and did not mention his alleged ties to the terrorist organizations when seeking refugee status and a green card in the U.S., officials said.

This is further proof it is simply too hard or we are not properly equipped to vet anyone from coming into our country.  Apparently this must be said explicitly: the health and safety of our own citizens should come before the health and safety of refugees who have zero allegiance to our country.  It seems it wasn’t too hard for this man to pretend to be a refugee and seek refugee status here.  The entire immigration system should be shut down until we can prove that we can responsibly start it up again.  Or does Ameen need to set off  a few IEDs first before we wake up?