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  • WATCH: 'Morning Joe' Compares Trump To ISIS, Claims 'Blood' On Trump's 'Hands'

    05/01/2019 10:59:39 AM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | April 30, 2019 | Ryan Saavedra
    MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough tried to pin the recent tragic attack on the synagogue in California on President Donald Trump on Monday by comparing the president to ISIS and al-Qaeda. "A spate of shootings during the Trump administration, inspired white nationalists, inspired by different events, but it all seems to come back to the same theme, and that is, again, hatred for Jews, hatred for blacks, hatred for others," Scarborough said in a clip flagged by NewsBusters. "And you can go all the way back to Charlottesville." "And the Trump administration’s doing nothing about it. You look at...
  • The defeat of ISIS is another Trump promise made, kept ... and nearly ignored by the liberal media

    04/09/2019 6:10:14 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 9 2019 | Deroy Murdock
    The recent defeat of the ISIS caliphate by U.S.-backed forces might not have merited the cheering crowds that clogged Times Square on V-J Day -- Aug. 14, 1945 -- when America toasted victory over Japan and won World War II. But the annihilation of the vicious, barbaric Islamic State -- once the size of two New Jerseys -- deserved far more than the relative shrug with which the media greeted it. President Trump grasped this event’s significance and remarked accordingly. “I am pleased to announce that, together with our partners in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, including the Iraqi...
  • ISIS has officially crumbled and last stronghold liberated

    03/21/2019 10:18:56 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 21 2019 | Benjamin Hall
    BAGHOUZ, Syria -- The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated. It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone. Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the...
  • Heads bowed to the ground, suspected IS members surrender

    03/07/2019 3:03:52 PM PST · by BeauBo · 52 replies
    AP ^ | 7 March 2019 | ANDREA ROSA
    — well over 10,000 have filtered out over the past two weeks. “What we are seeing now is not the surrender of (IS) as an organization but a calculated decision to preserve the safety of their families and preservation of their capabilities,” said Gen. Joseph Votel, adding that the insurgents are going underground in remote areas, “waiting for the right time to resurge.”
  • Taliban, US agree to draft deal that would withdraw foreign forces from Afghanistan

    01/27/2019 9:02:46 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/27/2019 | Rick Moran
    Reuters is reporting that Taliban officials say they have reached a draft deal with US negotiators to withdraw all foreign forces from Afghanistan in 18 months. US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad would not confirm a draft deal was in place, saying only that "significant progress" had been made. While no joint statement was issued, Khalilzad tweeted later that the talks had made “significant progress” and would resume shortly, adding that he planned to travel to Afghanistan to meet government officials. “Meetings here (in Qatar) were more productive than they have been in the past. We have made significant progress...
  • GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria

    01/17/2019 8:23:18 AM PST · by RandFan · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | BRETT SAMUELS
    Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is criticizing Sen. Rand Paul, saying the Kentucky Republican gave President Trump "bad advice" when he suggested that the U.S. declare victory in Afghanistan and Syria. "There are those of us who have sacrificed for our nation, who know the importance of this terrorist threat and the need to stay vigilant," tweeted Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, on Wednesday. "We go there so that they don’t come here. It’s that simple." Crenshaw, who wears an eyepatch due to an injury sustained in combat, was responding to a tweet from Paul in which the senator said...
  • Turkey ‘Will Eradicate Whatever Is Left Of ISIS’: Trump

    12/24/2018 12:21:38 AM PST · by McGruff · 46 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | December 24, 2018
    U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted late on Sunday that Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan told him he would work to take out remaining pockets of so-called Islamic State, appearing to give Ankara his endorsement, saying that the country “will eradicate whatever is left of IS”. This poses major concerns for the ethnic Kurds who occupy northern Syria, a group the Turkish president considers a major threat due to what he says are their connections to the internationally recognized status of the Kurdish PKK in southeast Turkey. The United States-led global coalition, who recognizes the Kurds in Syria as distinct from the...
  • The Mattis Repercussions: Why Trump’s handling of Syria and the Pentagon this week is so damaging.

    12/22/2018 5:10:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 125 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 21, 2018
    ... The more lasting damage will derive from the shoddy, humiliating way Mr. Trump treated the secretary and his generals on such a core military issue as deployments in Syria. Jim Mattis is not some neoconservative bent on staying in Syria for years. He is less hawkish on Syria and Iran than national security adviser John Bolton or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Yet in deciding to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, Mr. Trump acted on his own impulses with little more than cursory consultation with his military advisers. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...
  • We Know How Trump’s War Game Ends

    12/21/2018 10:59:34 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 37 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | December 21, 2018 | Matt Taibbi
    Nothing unites our political class like the threat of ending our never-ending war So we’re withdrawing troops from the Middle East. GOOD! What’s the War on Terror death count by now, a half-million? How much have we spent, $5 trillion? Five-and-a-half? Unless Donald Trump decides to reverse his decision to begin withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan, cable news for the next few weeks is going to be one long Scanners marathon of exploding heads. “Today’s decision would cheer Moscow, ISIS, and Iran!” yelped Nicole Wallace, former George W. Bush communications director. “Maybe Trump will bring Republicans and Democrats together,” said...
  • Analysis: On Syria, Trump is right where he wants to be: Alone

    12/21/2018 11:24:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 21, 2018 | By Jonathan Allen (D-NBC)
    President Donald Trump isolated himself from top allies and advisers with his unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, triggering a backlash in Washington and around the globe unlike any he has seen during past go-it-alone moves on foreign policy. At a White House meeting Thursday, Defense Secretary James Mattis handed Trump a blunt resignation letter that pointed to the president's failure to work with long-standing U.S. partners - and his empowerment of U.S. adversaries - as reasons for his departure. A fulminating phalanx of Republican hawks, led by onetime rival and now usually loyal ally Sen. Lindsey Graham...
  • Rand Paul: Promise To End The War In Syria Is Why Trump Won The Election

    12/21/2018 6:50:25 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 60 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 20, 2018 | Tim Hains
    On 'America's Newsroom' Senator Rand Paul backed President Trump in the face of harsh criticism from Republicans over his decision to withdraw the 2,000-strong U.S. force from Syria. RAND PAUL: This is a very bold move for President Trump. It is exactly what he promised the American people -- in fact it is one of the reasons he won the election. Because he is different from so many Republicans who want us to be everywhere all the time around the world. They want us to be the world policeman, that every war on the planet we have to have our...
  • Trump's frontrunners for Pentagon job likely to share Mattis' views on Syria, Afghanistan

    12/21/2018 4:50:01 AM PST · by familyop · 163 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2018 | Lukas Mikelionis
    ...Gen. Jack Keane and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are considered the frontrunners to replace Mattis...For Trump to nominate Keane, however, he would have to swallow Keane’s hawkish stance...and his recent criticism of the move to pull out of Syria, which the retired general called a “huge strategic mistake." “Clearly, we're repeating the Obama mistake of premature withdrawal, which got us ISIS,” Keane said on Fox News’ “America's Newsroom” on Thursday. “In my judgment, we need to stick to it and finish the job,” Keane added, noting that the withdrawal of American troops will give “a victory of strategic proportions” to...
  • Trump is leaving 50,000 Syrian civilians to die (Ballistic Hurling Chunks Alert)

    12/20/2018 10:20:08 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 91 replies
    WashPost ^ | 12-20-2018 | Josh Rogin
    President Trump’s surprise decision to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria is meeting with intense criticism by foreign policy experts, who denounce it as strategically stupid, reckless for national security and a blow to America’s global credibility. But inside Syria, the consequences are even more serious. For one example, 50,000 Syrian civilian refugees living under the direct protection of the U.S. military are suddenly fearing for their lives. For three years, civilians living in the Rukban refugee camp in the southeastern Syrian desert have survived because of the protection of U.S. forces encamped 10 miles away on a base...
  • Trump Orders Big Troop Reduction in Afghanistan (Total pullout in months)

    12/20/2018 5:10:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 144 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 20, 2018 | Gordon Lubold and Jessica Donati
    About half of the 14,000 U.S. forces will return home in the coming weeks, the start of a total pullout that could take at least many months A day after a contested decision to pull American military forces from Syria, officials said Thursday that President Trump has ordered the start of a reduction of American forces in Afghanistan. More than 7,000 American troops will begin to return home from Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. official said. The move will come as the first stage of a phased drawdown and the start of a conclusion to the 17-year war...
  • U.S. to Withdraw About 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Officials Say

    12/20/2018 5:57:31 PM PST · by springwater13 · 55 replies
    The Trump administration is withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan in the coming months, two defense officials said Thursday, around half of what the American military has there now. Mr. Trump made the decision at the same time he decided he was pulling American forces out of Syria, one official said. The move is likely one of the first steps to end the United States’ involvement in the 17-year-old war. The 14,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan are divided between training and advising Afghan forces and a counterterror mission against groups like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. The reduction,...
  • BREAKING: Trump Orders Big Troop Reduction in Afghanistan

    12/20/2018 5:38:27 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12-20-2018 | Gordon Lubold
    WASHINGTON—A day after a contested decision to pull American military forces from Syria, officials said Thursday that President Trump has ordered the start of a reduction of American forces in Afghanistan.
  • US Officials Send Mixed Messages on Withdrawal of Troops from Syria

    12/20/2018 4:26:21 AM PST · by Old Teufel Hunden · 60 replies
    Military.com ^ | 12/19/2018 | Matthew Cox
    White House and Pentagon officials sent out mixed signals Wednesday on the future of U.S. military forces in Syria. President Donald Trump sent out a tweet at 6:29 a.m. Eastern Time saying, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency." The Wall Street Journal then published a story that quoted a U.S. official as saying the Pentagon has an order to "move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible." The Pentagon, however, sent out a statement at 9:29 a.m. that indicated a withdrawal of the approximately 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria...
  • Trump Declares Defeat of ISIS in Syria

    12/19/2018 8:42:03 AM PST · by BeauBo · 57 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 19, 2018 | Yaron Steinbuch
    The US is planning a total withdrawal of its military forces from Syria... “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” the president tweeted Wednesday morning.
  • Mark Levin: DO NOT DO THIS, MR. PRESIDENT!

    12/19/2018 10:36:44 AM PST · by conservative98 · 101 replies
    Mark Levin Facebook ^ | 12/19/2018 | Mark Levin
    DO NOT DO THIS, MR. PRESIDENT! The president has been bold and steadfast in dealing with Iran, our sworn enemy. Iran has slaughtered American troops, it is the largest state-sponsor of Islamic terrorism around the world, it threatens the United States with long-range nuclear missiles (which it seeks to acquire), it is attempting to devour Iraq, Yemen, parts of Syria, destabilize Saudi Arabia and even Egypt, and prepares for all-out war with Israel. Iran's terrorist regime seeks to build a caliphate in the Middle East and beyond. The president has understood this. Yet, the stunning announced decision by the administration...
  • Trump Counterterrorism Plan Drops Obama Climate Change Focus

    10/05/2018 8:58:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 5, 2018 | by John T. Bennett
    President Donald Trump has approved a new U.S. counterterrorism strategy, but it drops the Obama administration’s treatment of climate change as a driver of violent Islamic extremist groups. Asked if the Trump plan identifies climate change as a destabilizing force in the Middle East that fuels extremist groups, national security adviser John Bolton replied: “I don’t think climate change is a cause of international terrorism.” In a December 2016 speech about his administration’s strategy for countering violent extremist groups, President Barack Obama included climate change as an ingredient that helps lead to terrorism. “Long-term corruption has rotted too many nation-states...