ISIS Isn’t Defeated, and Trump Doesn’t Have a Plan for What’s to Come

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. State Department, in Washington, Feb. 6, 2019 (Photo by Alex Wong for dpa via AP Images).
President Donald Trump delivers remarks to ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. State Department, in Washington, Feb. 6, 2019 (Photo by Alex Wong for dpa via AP Images).
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During his presidential bid, Donald Trump hammered on about the threat posed to America by the self-styled Islamic State, and how he would defeat it. As an issue, it was perfect for him, since the Islamic State’s sociopathic brutality fueled fear and anger among his core supporters—emotions that candidate Trump was able to harness and use to his benefit. Although the Islamic State emerged from the insurgency in Iraq that was unleashed by the American invasion in 2003, the extremist group grew more powerful during President Barack Obama’s administration, so Trump could wield it as a political weapon against Obama […]

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