While Barack Obama was in charge, America’s enemies could walk all over us with ease, and now that we have Donald Trump is in office, he has been letting foreign powers know that they can no longer mess with us.
According to The Hill, James Mattis reinforced this point several days back when he indicated that our country will strike the Syrian regime again if it uses sarin gas.
“We’re on the record and you all have seen our reaction to that, so they would be ill-advised to go back to violating the chemical convention,” Mattis said amd addes that it was obvious Syria has weaponized chlorine, but he doesn’t have evidence of sarin use.
“What we’re even more concerned about is the possibility of sarin use, but I don’t have the evidence. What I’m saying is groups on the ground, NGOs, fighters on the ground say it – sarin has been used – and we are now looking for evidence.”
This took place just after Mattis discussed his plans for the military with GOP lawmakers. He said he is not subtle and that he needs to make the military more lethal. “According to some people, I’m supposed to be an equal–opportunity employer”, he said.
Just before this, Fox News reported that a top U.S. military official has confirmed that the military defeat of ISIS is near. U.S. Central Command General Joseph Votel stated the following while speaking at Jordan’s National Defense School on Monday:
“We can measure in weeks the timeline for the military defeat of ISIS, even though there is still tough fighting going on in the Middle Euphrates River Valley.”
It had been reported that the terrorist group has lost almost all the land it once held — with half of ISIS’ so-called “caliphate” having been recaptured ever since Donald Trump got elected. What led to Votel’s assessment came after changes in the rules of engagement are these gains, instituted over the previous year.
“The rules of engagement that the Obama administration had were onerous. What are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which sometimes adds more time,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula. “The limitations that were put on in fact resulted in bigger civilian casualties.”