'The ISIS Caliphate Is Done': Peters Says Trump Is Getting It 'Exactly Right' on Terror
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. and its allies are "beating ISIS very badly."
"We have done more in eight months than the previous administration has done in many years," Trump said in response to questions about the ambush in Niger that left four U.S. soldiers dead.
He explained that ISIS has been "decimated" in the Middle East, and jihadists are fleeing to other countries like Niger.
"When they get there, we meet them there. That's what goes on. It's a tough business, it's a tough war, but we are winning it," Trump said.
On "America's Newsroom," Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said Trump is "exactly right" about the fight against ISIS and other terrorist groups.
"We are really hammering the terrorists at last," Peters said, explaining that the Obama administration - and the Bush administration to a degree - placed so many restrictions and restraints upon U.S. military forces that it inhibited their ability to defeat terrorists.
"Don't expect an end but we have definitely turned the tide. The terrorists are on the defensive and and in the Middle East, the caliphate is done," he said.
As for Trump's statement that he didn't "specifically" order the military mission in Niger, Peters said that's standard.
"The president gives the strategic direction, the Pentagon allocates the assets, in-theater commanders design the operations and at the pointy end of the spear, the soldiers carry out the tactical operations," he said. "The White House doesn't need to know about or approve every single patrol in every corner of the world."
He said Trump is implementing a more effective anti-terror strategy than former President Obama, who kept the military on a short leash.
"Obviously we don't want want to cause collateral damage or kill civilians unnecessarily, but you cannot wage antiseptic, perfectly sterile warfare ... especially when you're fighting an enemy such as these jihadis," Peters said.
He said the Niger ambush isn't a scandal, as some have claimed, but just a mission that tragically went wrong.
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