How about starting off the week with a little good news? It was announced on Friday that US-backed Syrian militias have now totally liberated the city of Raqqa from ISIS, which had taken over and declared it their “capital.” For three horrifying years, they inflicted death, torture and unspeakable atrocities on the people of Raqqa. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there’s still much to be done before the world is rid of ISIS, but this is a milestone victory. He congratulated the Syrian Democratic Forces and the 73-member global coalition led by the US, and credited President Trump’s decision to “accelerate” the campaign against the Islamic State that has seen their “so-called caliphate crumble across Iraq and Syria.”
In response to the news, many on the left credited the victory to Obama’s anti-ISIS strategy finally paying off. This wasn’t unexpected, as the same voices also credit all the recent good economic news to Obama’s policies finally spurring growth. It’s a method of taking credit that stretches back a long way, even to Democrats giving credit for the Reagan economic boom and the release of our hostages in Iran to policies put in place by Jimmy Carter.
You almost have to feel sorry for these poor Democratic Presidents: they have brilliant policies to fix the economy and defeat our enemies abroad, but they just never seem to kick in and start working until a year or so after they leave office.
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