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America's Bipartisan Victory
over ISIS in Raqqa, Iraq

National Review's Andrew McCarthy has an excellent take on something that's received little attention in the national media — the rout of ISIS in the city of Raqqa in Iraq by a coalition of forces led by the United States.

As critical as ElectionDebates has been of Barack Obama's foreign policy in general and his middle east policies in particular, there's no denying Andrew McCarthy's logic about this latest turn in American fortunes in Iraq, and the reason behind them.

He writes:

In a different time the collapse of ISIS resistance in Raqqa would be a headline-dominating occasion for national celebration...

First, let’s talk for a moment about Barack Obama. I disagreed vehemently with his decision to pull all American forces from Iraq in 2011. The ISIS blitzkrieg, in my view, was a predictable result. But make no mistake — he could have stayed out. He could have left Iraq to its own devices...

If Obama had abandoned Iraq, most of his base would have defended him. They would have argued that the resulting catastrophe was all George W. Bush’s fault...

[President] Obama did the right and necessary thing — launching bombing campaigns to halt the ISIS advance...

Obama chose a different course. He did the right and necessary thing — first launching bombing campaigns to halt the ISIS advance, then spreading the campaign to Syria, and then injecting ground troops in a bid to not just contain ISIS, but to destroy it entirely...

[President Trump] continued the American offensive and granted his commanders more liberty and autonomy.

We should also talk about Donald Trump. He continued the American offensive and granted his commanders more liberty and autonomy. Allied gains accelerated. Obama began the assault on Mosul, Trump finished it. Then Tal Afar and Raqqa fell even faster. There is evidence that ISIS forces in the field are breaking, surrendering in droves in spite of sacred vows to fight to the death. That’s all happening on Trump’s watch.

And that brings us to the men and women who served under both presidents, a diverse group of Americans who’ve risked (and in some cases, sacrificed) their lives as part of what of what feels like an endless war against an enemy with a seemingly eternal commitment to attacking our civilization. They’re not just courageous, they’re professional. They know how to fight a war with ruthless (yet humane) efficiency.

Victories in Iraq and Syria are bipartisan achievements

Nothing I say should minimize the incredible sacrifice of our Kurdish, Iraqi, and Syrian allies. They bled more than we did... But our nation can and should appreciate hard-earned victories, and in these polarized times, it’s important to still say “we.” Victories in Iraq and Syria are bipartisan achievements, we should truly celebrate.

We couldn't agree more. You can read the whole thing here.