Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis is known for being blunt and to the point.
On Sunday, Mattis made it clear that he would no longer be sticking to the weak wartime strategies that former President Barack Obama so heavily relied on.
Instead, Mattis promised a new hard-line approach to dealing with ISIS.
“Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. It is a threat to all civilized nations,” Mattis candidly told “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson. “And the bottom line is, we are going to move in an accelerated and reinforced manner, throw them on their back foot.”
“We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them,” he added.
“You see that right now, for example, in western Mosul … that is surrounded and the Iraqi security forces are moving against them,” he continued, referring to a “final push” effort against the Islamic State group-controlled Iraqi city that should have it freed from the terrorists’ grips by early June.
“Tal Afar is now surrounded. We have got efforts underway right now to surround their self-declared caliphate capital of Raqqa. That surrounding operation is going on. And once surrounded, then we’ll go in and clean them out.”
All I can say is, FINALLY. We suffered under the weak leadership of Obama for far too long. It is reassuring to finally have strong leadership in place that knows what it takes to defend American interests around the globe.
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