It’s no secret that the U.S. military was often frustrated and constrained during the Obama administration — but it looks like those days are long behind us.
On Friday, Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian appeared on “Fox & Friends” Friday to discuss the state of the military, and he revealed that under President Donald Trump, the fight against radical terrorists is finally swinging in the right direction.
“The strategy is all about annihilating the enemy,” declared Harrigian, who leads U.S. Central Command, which covers Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other countries in the Middle East, parts of northern Africa and central Asia.
“And I think what you’ve seen over the last several months is we’ve gained significant momentum and there should be no doubt ISIS is on the run.”
The general didn’t mention Obama by name, but his comments about gaining momentum made it clear that he was increasingly confident and optimistic under the current commander in chief. and the implicit comparison had to be infuriating to liberals who still can’t get over the November election results.
Getting straight to the point, Fox hosts asked Harrigian how well the Trump administration was doing militarily.
“We’re doing very well. I think as you look at what’s happening on the battlefield, today, we’ve got them on the run,” Harrigan said.
“We’ve had the ability to pressure them from the air, on the ground, encircle them, and ensure they’re not getting out. And I think as you watch what’s occurring both in Iraq and Syria, we’re winning,” he said.
At the same time, the CENTCOM commander pointed out that the military has to be careful not to underestimate the enemy.
“They’re adaptive. It’s an enemy we have to stay in front of,” Harrigian said.
The narrative during the Obama years was that the “Islamic State” group was an easy opponent, a “junior varsity” squad that would be defeated quickly. As a result of not taking threats seriously, the military was often kept on an incredibly short leash and was not permitted to engage the enemy.
Examples from Benghazi attack of 2012 in Libya to the shooting down of “Extortion 17” in Afghanistan come to mind. In those cases, the military’s warriors were told to stand down and were held back from engaging in the fight.
That approach was the polar opposite of the words General Harrigian just used: “Annihilating the enemy.”
Finally, there’s a new sheriff in town. Under Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the military has been let off the leash — and that’s something that should make America’s enemies absolutely terrified.
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