(National Sentinel) Winning: The so-called “caliphate” of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has been completely destroyed during President Donald J. Trump’s first year in office after he lifted restrictive policies put in place by his predecessor.
Reports have noted that ISIS has lost 98 percent of its territory over the past year, as critics of President Obama’s policies pointed out his onerous style of micromanaging conflicts.
As reported by Fox News, 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 are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds 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.”
Obama administration officials pushed back against that assessment, but the numbers speak for themselves.
The latest U.S. intelligence assessment says that fewer than 1,000 ISIS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, which is down from a peak of about 45,000 two years ago.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials are crediting some 30,000 American-led airstrikes and regional partners for killing in excess of 70,000 jihadists.
Only a few thousand have returned home.
At one point, ISIS controlled territory the size of Ohio, but today the group only holds a small tract of land along the Syria-Iraq border.
Deptula believes that the ISIS war would have ended much sooner if 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, Fox News reported.
“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.”
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