Gen. James Mattis Makes Big Prediction About ISIS
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Former Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis made a big prediction over the weekend about the Islamic State terrorist group that everyone needs to hear.
During an interview Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week,” host Chuck Todd asked Mattis about the ongoing situation with Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
Mattis asserted that “if we don’t keep the pressure on,” a reemergence of ISIS is “a given.”
Below is a transcript of the exchange:
MATTIS: Well, what we see is the continued reliance that we have on allies. The fight against ISIS was fought largely by the Syrian Democratic Forces. We have lost, during several years of fighting in Syria, for example, less than a dozen troops, each one a tragedy, but the Syrian Democratic Forces, primarily the Kurds, have lost well over 11,000 killed, over 23,000 wounded. So, you see how we are fighting this enemy, doing it in a way by, with, and through allies that spreads the load, so it’s not just the American people, the American taxpayer, the American troops carrying the full load.
TODD: Do you feel as if, are we still doing this fight now? Or have we just pulled back, and it’s now up to the Kurds on their own?
MATTIS: Well, it’s in a situation of disarray right now. Obviously, the Kurds are adapting to the Turkish attacks. And we’ll have to see if they’re able to maintain the fight against ISIS. It’s going to have an impact. The question is, how much?
TODD: How would you turn this around now, if you could?
MATTIS: That’s a very good question, Chuck. That’s a very good question. You turn issues like this around based on trust. And re-instilling trust is going to be very difficult for the Americans, at this point.
TODD: There’s a movie called “Charlie Wilson’s War,” that the theme of it has to do with the Americans walking away from the mujahideen in Afghanistan. And of course, we all know what happens 20 years later. How concerned should we be about abandoning an ally, like the Kurds, that, maybe 20 years down the road, this comes to bite us?
MATTIS: Right. I think Secretary of State [Mike] Pompeo, the intelligence services, the foreign countries that are working with us, have it about right, that ISIS is not defeated. We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don’t recover. We may want a war over. We may even declare it over. You can pull your troops out, as President Obama learned the hard way, out of Iraq. But the “enemy gets a vote,” we say in the military, and in this case, if we don’t keep the pressure on, then ISIS will resurge. It’s absolutely a given that they will come back.
ISIS rose to prominence on the international stage back in 2014, and the group was allowed to grow for years because former President Barack Obama refused to do anything about it.
But since Trump took office, almost all of the territory once held by ISIS has been taken back.
And most of the ISIS terrorist fighters have either been killed or fled.
In other words, the Trump administration has wiped out about 95 percent of the entire terrorist group and taken back most of the areas they once held.