This opinion piece was written by Wilhelm Gardner. The views reflected in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of The Atlantic Telegraph, its associated companies, or its advertisers.
History will remember US President Donald Trump as the president that managed to defeat ISIS, and overcome the difficult consequences of the Bush-led Iraqi invasion. That is not because he in fact will be responsible for defeating ISIS, but merely because was the ‘Commander-in-Chief’ at the time of the collapse of the ISIS caliphate.
In recent days ISIS fighters have been defeated in Raqqa, the de facto Islamic State capital. The fall of the ISIS caliphate seems inevitable, and trump has declared that the end of the “caliphate is in sight.”
In a White House statement, President Trump declared that “the defeat of ISIS in Raqqah represents a critical breakthrough in our wordwide campaign to defeat ISIS and its wicked ideaology. With the liberation of ISIS’s capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.”
“We will soon transition into a new phase in which we will support local security forces, de-escalate violence across Syria, and advance to the conditions for lasting peace, so that the terrorists cannot return to threaten our collective security again,” Trump continued.
This follows an announcement by US-backed forces that “major military operations” in Raqqa had ended, and that ISIS had lost its grip of control over the self-declared capital.
While Moscow may not appreciate Trump’s attempts to present himself as the reason for ISIS’s defeat, Trump and his team appear determined to control this narrative and maximise the opportunity not just to get ahead in the polls immediately, but also to be written into the pages of history as the President that managed to defeat ISIS.
He will also likely succeed, provided the timing remains favourable and fake news sites, as well as the mainstream media, continue to push the President’s press releases as they have been.