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Comparing Trump vs Obama against ISIS

This very interesting article does a nice job of reviewing the history of ISIS since 2010, the year that the Obama administration released just killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, using multiple news sources and stories.

Here is a rough timeline:

Obama presidency:
2008: ISIS forces estimated to be about 700 fighters, holding practically no ground.
2010: al-Baghdadi is released.
2011: al-Baghdadi takes over ISIS.
2014: Obama refers to ISIS as a “JV team.”
2015: ISIS forces estimated to be between 20,000 to 31,000 fighters.
2015: ISIS establishes global terrorism network resulting in terrorist attacks worldwide.
2016: ISIS occupies 17,500 square miles, with 35,000 fighters.

Trump presidency:
2017: (July): ISIS pushed out of Mosul.
2017 (October) ISIS in full retreat to U.S. backed forces, loses its capital Raqqa.
2017 (December): ISIS forces now estimated to be 1,000 fighters, holding 1,900 square miles.
2019: al-Baghadi is killed.

At this moment ISIS remains a threat, but a significantly reduced one from its peak in 2016.

Like Trump or hate him, an objective look at how he has handled this issue versus Obama’s handling once again puts the victory mark in Trump’s column. Obama’s policy made things worse in the Arab Middle East. Trump has so far improved things.

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  • wayne

    This should be no surprise to anyone–Obama is and was muslim-brotherhood, up to his eyeballs.

    pivoting—I’m just reading a “news” story about how baghdadi (wow, why does Microsoft automatically capitalize this name?) or rather the blown-up parts which remained of him, were given a ‘burial at sea with full religious rights.”
    What?! what is this obsession?
    =should have fed his remains to pigs.

  • Cotour

    Always picking on Obama, when we all know that Trump is the problem. ISIS!? We all know that ISIS is the JV team.

    In the political leadership world before Trump, 2 + 2 equaled 5.

    Now in the political time of Trump 2 + 2 equals 4.

    What would you rather have, 4 or 5?

    You see, with Trump there is really less rather than more! (Trump is just another JV team leader.)

    Trump once again is proven through logic to be the problem.

    (This of course is from the esteemed, Bud Abbott / Lou Costello school of modern political theory)

  • Questioner


    “McCain’s two-hour visit has garnered a lot of attention because some bloggers claim that two of the rebel leaders seen in the photos that McCain posted to his Twitter account look very much like leaders of the Islamic State: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Muahmmad Noor.”

    Here is an ABC News report on the visit, posted to YouTube: it speaks for itself.

  • wayne

    Andrew C. McCarthy
    ” America’s War on Terror…or is It?”
    Hillsdale College August 2010

    “Instead of seeking victory in a war against radical Islamic terrorism, the Obama administration has framed our efforts as law enforcement. Whether in Mirandizing the would-be Christmas bomber, initially seeking to try Khalid Sheikh Muhammed in a New York City civilian courtroom, or engaging in a headlong rush to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, the president’s Justice Department has politicized justice and imperiled national security. These misguided efforts, as Andrew McCarthy argues, are confusing, but even more, mark a security and constitutional crisis. Charting a different path, this talk will offer a preview of the speaker’s forthcoming book, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.”

  • F16 Guy

    Obama’s failed presidency, along with his “legacy”, are being re-written every day while Trump is in office.
    I’d be lying if I said there was not a smile on my face when I read these stories !!

  • Max

    The head of ISIS is dead? I don’t think so… He was seen at his new Multi million dollar beach front home at Martha’s Vineyard…

    His facilitator McCain is dead, but the American oligarch that got EX Iraqi Republican guard (ISIS) and then the US to protect his oil fields from their Syrian owners, dick Cheney is still alive.
    Has anyone else wondered how a deeply in debt failed acorn lawyer can go into public service, and10 years later, after receiving Nobel prize for nothing, be worth a half a billion?

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