ISIS is about to have an awful week now that President Trump has given full authority to Secretary of Defense, James Mattis. Known for his aggressiveness during war, Mattis will now have full access to U.S. troop numbers in Iraq and Syria. The power delegation came almost a month after the Pentagon decided not to release the number of soldiers fighting ISIS.
Dana White, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told BuzzFeedNews their reason for Mattis is getting power:
“Restoring FML decisions to the Secretary of Defense enables military commanders to be more agile, adaptive and efficient in supporting our partners, and enables decisions that benefit unit readiness, cohesion, and lethality.”
White also confirmed that Mattis had not moved additional troops into those countries yet. However, when he does eventually add troops, he will be taking a major step away from the Obama administration. Before the Trump administration, the United States had set a cap on troop levels overseas. This was Obama’s way of bringing troops home, but many critics said this was obstructing the large goal of military generals.
The U.S. currently has around 5,000 soldiers in Iraq who are helping Iraqi Security Forces. As for Syria, the U.S. has an unknown amount of special operators within US supported soldiers, and around 400 Marines aids them. The numbers clearly show that more soldiers could be useful.
President Trump as a businessman knows full well how important it is to delegate tasks and objectives…especially when there are smarter people. However, this move does come with some controversy there now appears to be no check and balance on the military. General Mattis is a very competent General. However, it’s always good to have someone looking over your shoulder.
The move has allegedly positively stirred up commanders according to a senior U.S. military official who said the following:
“There is a sense among these commanders that they are able to do a bit more – and so they are.”
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