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Columnist Ross Douthat: Trump Wins War Against Islamic State

Columnist Ross Douthat: Trump Wins War Against Islamic State
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By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 11:50 AM

Conservative columnist Ross Douthat says President Donald Trump has won the war against the Islamic State — despite little acknowledgment from the media.

His comments came in a Sunday piece for The New York Times.

"There is nothing more characteristic of the Trump era, with its fire hose of misinformation, scandal and hyperbole, than that America and its allies recently managed to win a war that just two years ago consumed headlines and dominated political debate and helped Donald Trump himself get elected president — and somehow nobody seemed to notice," he said.

"I mean the war against the Islamic State, whose expansion was the defining foreign policy calamity of Barack Obama's second term, whose executions of Americans made the USA look impotent and whose utopian experiment drew volunteers drunk on world-historical ambitions and metaphysical dreams."

Douthat is highly-critical of the press for its failure to report on the issue. He claimed it "does not fit into the narrative of Trumpian disaster in which our journalistic entities are all invest."

"I include myself in this indictment," he said. "Foreign policy is the place where the risks of electing Trump seemed to me particularly unacceptable, and I've tended to focus on narratives that fit that fear, from the risk of regional war in Middle East to the perils in our North Korean brinksmanship."

Still, he credited Trump for avoiding the temptation to fight "bad actors on 16 fronts at once."

"Instead he's slow-walked his hawkish instincts on Iran, tolerated (Bashar al-Assad) and avoided dialing up tensions with Russia," Douthat said. "The last issue is of course entangled with the great collusion debate — but it's still a good thing that our mini-cold war has remained relatively cool and we aren't strafing each other over Syria.

But Douthat remains cautious.

"The rule with this White House is that if you write in praise of anything it has done, something disastrous swiftly follows. So if this column conjures up a Saudi invasion of Lebanon, a renewed intifada, or something terrible in the Koreas — well, I apologize in advance.

But he said the credit, so far, belongs to American soldiers and diplomats -- and to Trump.

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