U.S. military officials on Tuesday revealed that ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held, and since President Trump took office, half of its so-called “caliphate” has been captured.
You can thank the Obama administration for that, says Marie Harf, now a political commentator for Fox News. Here she is on “The Five” to explain.
Marie Harf: "The strategy that has led to a virtual defeat of ISIS in the caliphate…is largely a strategy that was laid out during the #Obama administration by military commanders." #TheFive https://t.co/2xXlJTjp08 pic.twitter.com/mr5DZMmCdL
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 27, 2017
So, is this one of those deals like crediting the uptick in the stock market with policies Barack Obama put in place?
Fox News reports:
The massive gains come after years of “onerous” rules, when critics say the Obama administration “micromanaged” the war and shunned a more intensive air strategy that could have ended the conflict much sooner.
“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds weeks and weeks,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence. “The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian casualties.”
Isn’t Harf the one who inspired the #JobsForISIS hashtag back in 2015, suggesting that a lack of job opportunities is what led young men to join ISIS?
Marie Harf redefines chutzpah https://t.co/pIIweQjBc6
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) December 27, 2017
Nope. Nope nope nope. https://t.co/4jBKdf81eV
— Goo T. Gwaba (@GooGwaba) December 27, 2017
Prizewinner for the most misleading statement of the year. The reality is that had Obama not pulled US forces out of Iraq ISIS would not have risen as it did. https://t.co/vadQSMO6E9
— Nile Gardiner (@NileGardiner) December 28, 2017
Yeah. Gotta give credit to the Gumby Red Line and Hashtag strategies. ??? https://t.co/AQ6Zpp7CZ0
— Nina Bookout (@NDBook96) December 28, 2017
Except for the straight jacketed rules of engagement and Obama's micromanaging down to the smallest detail, sure it was just like what Trump did. https://t.co/8RKC8gUewt
— Kim Priestap (@kimpriestap) December 27, 2017
The strategy may have been created by the Obama administration but they never executed on it. Trump executed on it successfully. That's the difference between leading from behind (Obama) and leading from the front (Trump). Actions vs. words https://t.co/9tRv5gpMDu
— winflop (@Winflop) December 27, 2017
Even stipulating that the ISIS strategy was 'laid out' during Obama admin, no longer micro-managing military action + removing input of ppl like noted military tactician Valerie Jarrett makes a big difference in executionhttps://t.co/PAnVGwve2Y
— Nitish Singh (@IamNitishSingh) December 27, 2017
Harf may be right, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. HOWEVER she neglects to draw attention to the fact the Obama cabal failed to allow the military strategists to IMPLEMENT the plans or that the O cabal forced irrational rules of engagement on the military. https://t.co/2GIhmEn4gx
— Professor (@Professor7096) December 27, 2017
That's the point. The Military gave Obama a strategy to beat isil and Obama ignored it and allowed isil to grow stronger and murder more people. https://t.co/q2jKDhc3Lt
— Karl E McF (@kem451_) December 27, 2017
Half true. The strategy was designed by the military during the Obama administration BUT Obama thought he knew better than the generals and never implemented it. Trump on the other hand trusted his generals and now ISIS is all but wiped out. https://t.co/bo2XMq8AWQ
— carolyn tackett (@CarolsCloset) December 27, 2017
Lifting restrictions on military operations was the catalyst for the caliphate’s rapid defeat in 2017. At one point in 2015, 75% of air missions returned to base with their bombs. Success is tied to the “how” as much as the “what.” Pure spin from Obama alums. https://t.co/yMM6Qe0pzn
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) December 27, 2017
Correctly Stated: Military commanders always knew how to defeat ISIS. Obama scuttled them by incompetently micromanaging. Trump authorized them to put their strategy into action without second-guessing their every move, and you see the brilliant result. Leadership matters. https://t.co/FWbQBuqfqC
— Bansi Sharma (@bansisharma) December 28, 2017
Wow! Delusional any? https://t.co/Ezhkn1FGdc
— Sharonkay Tally (@sharonkaytally) December 27, 2017
Bullshit. If the rules of engagement change, EVERYTHING changes. https://t.co/whLCZMvmpn
— David Paul (@PowerElement) December 28, 2017
LOLOL…Obama couldn't even say ISIS. https://t.co/u12wEUXY4b
— GoSellCrazy… (@rrobertschwartz) December 27, 2017
Ha and yet somehow obama and his " generals" were not able to execute the strategy in 8 years? Please. https://t.co/hufG83tPbd
— Citizen Verne ?? (@H_Hawks16) December 28, 2017
Yes. The plan was laid out.
Just sitting there. Wishing to be drawn like one of your French girls.
The plan was just minding it's own business when Trump suddenly threw it on ISIS. https://t.co/lOSVQUXI3Z
— JavaJoe (@JavaJoeX) December 27, 2017
— BlackMinorcaPullets (@MinorcaPullets) December 27, 2017
She needs to get her facts straight… it took 8 years for Obama to get this result for fighting ISIS? I doubt it…. trump told our soldiers to go get them and the rules of engagement changed. https://t.co/9mup270JF3
— Percy Syddall (@Nonumalo) December 27, 2017
Obama's policies of waiting til one is being shot at, letting the media know troop movements, # of troops and when they are leaving is NOT our current strategy. https://t.co/LXuMJtU9sn
— YOU must be in MENSA (@aubergine20) December 27, 2017
It's amazing how much he's getting done out of office. Considering how little he got done while in office. https://t.co/c0KjMCG0qq
— Nolan ??? (@Nolo4dolo) December 27, 2017
-Worked on all national security & foreign policy issues for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
-Served as the campaign's press spokesperson on national security issues.
-Was also a member of President Obama's debate preparation team. https://t.co/s35TWfvb4E
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) December 28, 2017
Marie Harf is the same person who said the key to defeating ISIS was jobs. https://t.co/sAwBe1kAif
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 27, 2017
— Milo™ (@chasbottom) December 27, 2017
Her strategy was a jobs program for them.
One can't make up the stupid things Liberals say. https://t.co/H4UvBcnpFU
— RNR Connecticut (@RNRConnecticut) December 28, 2017
Marie Harf is such a lying hack. Harf was the same Obama spokesperson who said if we got terrorists jobs, they would stop committing acts of terror. The stupidity is out of this world. https://t.co/2005vKaAeE
— Travis Painter (@travispainter17) December 28, 2017
Sorry Marie, but even the commanders in the field say it is due to Trump, but you keep on with those talking points. https://t.co/vgxSgwO7IR
— D.J. Slash (@RealDJSlash) December 28, 2017
The reason the economy is roaring is because of Obama
The reason ISIS is being defeated is because of Obama's strategy
When the tax cuts kick in they'll be called the Obama tax cuts https://t.co/PRe7i5AWph
— Beardog (MAGA) (@bhabrock12) December 28, 2017
Obama spent his whole presidency blaming his endless failures on Bush and now, after he's gone, his staff has tried to claim he deserves credit for the improving economy and smashing ISIS. #Obamaisajoke https://t.co/LOFqDIW2MG
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) December 28, 2017