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.