Syria. A Change in Tactics.

As the Trump Administration changes tactics in Syria to better serve our overall strategy in the Middle East, the bleeding choir of failures in the Democratic Party and the press work overtime to make us forget who they are and where they stood just forty-eight months ago.

by Saul Montes-Bradley

Mon, December 24, 2018

On January 3, 2014, ISIS, then a growing force mostly ignored by the Obama administration, took the Iraqi city of Fallujah; liberated years later by our Marines, at great cost, from the predecessors of ISIS then called al-Qa’ida in Iraq (Ansar al-Sunni, Ansar al-Islam).

“A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago….

The upheaval also affirmed the soaring capabilities of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the rebranded version of the al-Qaeda in Iraq organization that was formed a decade ago to confront U.S. troops and expanded into Syria last year while escalating its activities in Iraq.”

Later that year, in September, Obama infamously compared ISIS to a “JV team”:

“Yes, but, David, I think the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”

To this day, there are those who still try to spin this idiocy and claim that Obama was referring to other—yet unnamed—groups. Nonsense, David Remnick made sure of that:

“DR: But that JV team jus[t] took over Fallujah.

THE PRESIDENT: I understand. But when you say took over Fallujah —

DR: And I don’t know for how long.”

And on went Obama with his spin:

“Let’s just keep in mind, Fallujah is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”

Yes, Barak, we do keep in mind your were talking about Fallujah, and we are perfectly aware that you were purposely muddling the waters pretending this was some kind of internecine Shi’a-Sunni struggle when we knew much better.

On November 13, 2015, Obama, with his infinite capacity to make a fool of himself, declared ISIS “contained.” The terrorist group, he cackled, was not growing:

“They have not gained ground in Iraq and in Syria. They'll come in. They'll leave. But you don't see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

As if to prove him wrong, ISIS covered the streets of Paris with corpses. So much for containment. Obama’s timing is sometimes just uncanny.

As we went into the election year in 2016, the Bungler-in-Chief was doubling down in what may be the most asinine concept in recent years. Talking about the threat of ISIS makes them stronger! It’s better to bury your head in the sand and wait for them to disappear…

Less than a week after the Paris attacks, Hillary “tone deaf” Clinton decided to support Obama’s characterization of ISIS as a JV team”

“Do you believe that President Obama underestimated ISIS when he called it the JV team?” Zakaria asked.

“I don’t think it’s useful to go back and re-plow old ground,” Clinton said. “I think from the perspective of what they had accomplished at that time, even though they had seized and held territory, the major focus of our government was on trying to remove Assad from power so that there could a be a resolution, a political resolution.”

For years, the policies of the Obama administration towards Syria and ISIS were not only wrong, they were immoral. Under the purposeful neglect of Obama, Assad conducted a genocidal campaign against Syrians, Russia and Iran expanded their influence to the shores of the Mediterranean, and ISIS established a territory with a virtual capital at Raqqa and a thriving oil export business thanks to the complicity of Turkey down to. Erdogan’s own children.

We were being told by 2016 that that was the new reality to which we needed to adjust. In March of that year, as ISIS operatives bombed Brussels' airport again covering Europe's soil with the victims of terror, perhaps fittingly, Obama was doing the wave with Cuban bloody dictator Raul Castro.


Then, President Trump was elected.

It took less than a year from President Trump’s inauguration to revert the dismal situation in the Middle East.

On November 9th, 2017, ISIS lost its last major stronghold in Syria. It took the Trump administration 10 months to crush the Islamic State, now reduced to a few thousand battle-weary leftovers soon to be dead or captured.

During the past year, much progress has been made taking care of Russian and Iranian activities in Syria.

Iran is rapidly withdrawing its forces, much needed now within its borders to contain a growing insurrection. Russia got is nose bloodied in February of this year and lost its taste for direct confrontation, and Assad will find it difficult, if not outright impossible to survive without Russian and Iranian support, or the pressure of ISIS over the population to make them pine for the stability of the Ancien Regime.

A new alliance that includes Saudi Arabia (and other signatories of the 2017 Riyadh agreements) together with Israel, the Kurds and the SDF can effectively continue the work with US support that does not require boots on the ground.

Thus, last week Trump announced his intention to withdraw about 2,000 American soldiers from Syria. It is patently obvious that they are no longer needed there. There are two possibilities for such a withdrawal:

1. There is a change of strategy and an abandonment of Syria, much like Obama abandoned Iraq. That would be an unmitigated disaster.

2. There is a change of tactics, made possible by the changing reality on the ground. The defeat of ISIS allows for a new approach with lessened American visibility to pursue a larger strategy in the Middle East, including the defeat of the Islamic Republic in Iran and the arrest of Islamism’s advance in Turkey. The withdrawal of a small amount of soldiers from the Syria/Turkish border in this context is not only necessary but advisable.

Of course, the same characters who fawned over Obama’s betrayal of Iraq and Syria now pretend to be alarmed and have suddenly become hawks. Those that barely two years ago were threatening fire, brimstone and a world war if President Trump pursued his strategy to rid the world of the ISIS vermin are now decrying his withdrawal announcement as treason or worse.

Like this clown:

Did President Trump really act on impulse? Was this not consulted? I doubt it. First, because the comments I get from those close to the President is that, unlike his predecessor, he DOES listen, and constantly questions and learns from his advisors. Second, because the timing of this decision is not by chance.

Of course, Democrat scribes in the press are busy following Pelosi’s lead. They will regret it.

But, but, they claim Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL has just resigned in opposition to the decision to pull out troops by President Trump!

And who is this principled person?

He is an Obama Administration holdover. Nominated as “deputy Senior Envoy” on September 12, 2014 by John “I-Love-Iran” Kerry, he later saw his nomination as Ambassador to Iraq (March 26th, 2012) crash and burn in the Democratic Senate, Apparently, good man McGurk was doing the nasty with Gina Chon. Even Hillary was briefed about their escapades on the roofs of Baghdad palaces, some allegedly caught on tape.

Gina was a Wall Street Journal reporter who gave McGurk articles for review before publication and faithfully printed his leaks, while both idiots were humping each other and leaving a trail of emails and videos from here to Baghdad. After the hullaballoo, McGurk divorced his wife (Caroline Wong, go figure) and married Chon.

Throughout this time, as McGurk’s sexual needs were being relieved on post and on camera, he never complained about Obama’s refusal to send troops, the characterization of ISIS as a JV team, the surrender of the Middle East to Russia and Iran, the violated “red lines” and the tolerance of Assad’s genocide… Nah, all was honky dory.

NOW he develops a conscience…a few weeks before his retirement. And the press, rather than expose this grotesque charade, lifts him up as the honest broker fearful that the man who did what his boss could not may “abandon the Kurds” Obama left to die in 2009.

When the dust settles, and the duplicitous morons going on the record now as they did not do in 2012-2017, are exposed as the ignorant partisan hacks that they are, we may get to see the larger picture:

The Middle East is on the mend.

Isis, while not fully defeated, has lost a major source of money and power. Yet the thousands trained under the Obama's neglect are now spreading through the world and will doubtlessly cause much damage in the months and years ahead, especially in Europe and, to a degree, in America. But the source is drying up; and the change of tactics we now see developing in front of our eyes may well prove the right decision, at the right time, in response to the changing nature of the battlefield.

Certainly, architects of failure like Obama, Clinton, Kerry, Pelosi, Schumer McGurk and their faithful servants in the press can throw ash on their faces, tear their clothing and wail all they want.

We know better.

About the author

Once a Consultant to the Administrator of the UNDP, Saul M. Montes-Bradley II left the UN for Arrow Air and went on to become General Manager for AER Airlines and eventually Director and General Manager of Aeroposta Airlines, the first privately owned major carrier in Argentina since the 1950s. Back in the US, he then spent 17 years in Wall Street and is now a genealogist and researcher living with his family in Virginia.

For nearly thirty years, he has wondered if there would ever be a serious investigation of the disaster at Gander, only to see how the willful blindness that marred the initial investigation continues to guide a misguided policy that has only enabled and strengthened Islamic National Socialist movements in the Middle East and around the world.



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