Saturday, April 29, 2017
Trump Just Gave Mattis Unparalleled Control Over the Military to Fight ISIS
President Trump is giving Defense Secretary James Mattis the leeway he needs to get the job done. It is now up to Mattis to control the number of U.S. troops placed in Iraq and Syria. The move will allow Mattis and the Pentagon the ability to send U.S. troops over to back the local troops fighting ISIS as needed.
There has already been an escalation in the number of troops sent in the last three months in an effort to contain ISIS and prevent them from spreading into new territory.
Previously, the Obama administration had integrated a troop cap that limited the number of troops that could be in those two countries. One defense official who is close to the matter simply said the decision gives Mattis “more flexibility” to dispose of ISIS and their affiliates.