After a seemingly endless war, ISIS has lost its capital, Raqqa, in a decisive blow against the caliphate. Since coming to power, President Trump has repeatedly tried to take credit for the successes against ISIS, when it was Obama-era decision-making that led to this, suggest Zachary Cohen and Dan Merica of CNN. The campaign against ISIS, including assembling the army that did most of the fighting, happened under Obama. Ultimately, it was the Arab and Kurdish soldiers that did the bulk of the dirty work. Trump has wrongly claimed that he is responsible for this victory to gain himself political points. The full credit should go elsewhere.
After years of deliberating and little action by the Obama administration, President Trump led a decisive campaign to undo ISIS once and for all, holds the Editorial Board of Investor’s Business Daily. When he came into office, he rapidly established a plan on how to counter the caliphate. To make it succeed, he loosened the rules of engagement and gave more freedom to his generals. Under Obama, they were bogged down by his heavy-handed oversight. The now ex-president often stated that this mission would proceed slowly. Trump accelerated this process and did in a few months what Obama wasn’t able to over several years.