Talk about starting the job off with a bang! Literally!
With a smile on his face and iron in his veins, the United State’s newest Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, hit the ground running on his first full day at the Pentagon. When it was time for him to go home for the night he had, in that day, alone, presided over 31 strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Wow! Look out, Isis, this guy is not fooling around!
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) January 21, 2017
According to an article on dailycaller.com, “A variety of fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft engaged in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. In Syria, two strikes destroyed ISIS units and artillery near the town of Bab. ISIS forces in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital, took a heavy beating, as 22 strikes destroyed 12 tactical units, nine fighting positions, two underground improvised explosive bomb factories and an ISIS headquarters. The final strike targeted two ISIS oil wells in Deir ez Zour.”
Dailycaller.com went on to explain, “ISIS forces in Iraq suffered several casualties as well. One strike in the city of Rutbah destroyed a tactical unit and vehicle, two weapons caches and a mortar. Another in Beiji left a unit and vehicle destroyed. A strike in Kisik destroyed a building and tactical unit. Another in Tal Afar also destroyed a unit, truck and command node. The city of Mosul, which acts as the terrorist group’s regional capital in Iraq, received two strikes, which destroyed two units, three fighting positions, a tank, and a car bomb factory.”
Seems that Trump, who promised during his campaign that he would destroy ISIS as quickly as possible, is putting his money where his mouth is. He stated that on his first day in office he would bring together his top generals and order them to provide a plan to eradicate ISIS once and for all within 30 days. Yes, that’s right, 30 days.
Mattis is the one responsible for enacting the plan that is created. A former Marine general, Mattis has been critical of the Obama administration’s ISIS policy, having once referred to Obama’s efforts as being full of “half measures.”
But what do you think? Should the U.S. double-down on ISIS, or is there some better way to rid the world of that blight on mankind?