When he took office, President Donald Trump inherited the grim situation with the Islamic State group that former President Barack Obama left behind, and a recent interview with a Saudi official revealed just how little Obama actually tried to defeat the radical Islamic terror organization.
Prince Faisal Bin Farhan al-Saud, an adviser to the deputy crown prince and a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, recently explained on Fox News that his country offered to substantially help the United States defeat the Islamic State group, but the Obama administration turned them down.
The Saudis were “more than ready to cooperate with the United States on countering ISIS in Syria and Iraq across the region, not just financially, but the Saudi government offered during the Obama administration’s time to send its troops into Syria to fight ISIS,” he told Bret Baier. The offer “was not met with enthusiasm by the Obama administration.”
In other words, Obama apparently had a chance to defeat the Islamic State group by using a military force that was familiar with the land and the culture, but for some unknown reason he chose not to.
Once again, Obama’s lack of understanding regarding foreign policy threatened not only our country, but also millions of people elsewhere around the world.
The Saudi military comprises more than 200,000 people, including 75,000 in the army, 13,500 in the navy, 20,000 in the air force, and 100,000 personnel in the National Guard, according to a 2015 article by AFP.
That’s enough military power to do serious damage to the Islamic State group, particularly during the radical organization’s earlier days before it had secured more land and fighters.
Fortunately, the adviser explained that a recent meeting between Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Salman al-Saud had gone well and proved promising for the future of U.S.-Saudi relations.
In fact, al-Saud said the prince was “keen to come and meet President Trump as early as possible” to “reinvigorate the strategic, longstanding partnership” that our countries have had with each other for 50 years.
Trump has been clear — both during the 2016 presidential campaign and since his election — that he believed the Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia, should be doing and paying their fair share to help defeat the Islamic State group.
The Saudi adviser explained that his government fully intended to do what Trump wanted if the U.S. would accept its help, unlike the refusal given by Obama.
Watch a video clip here, with the segment regarding the Islamic State group issue ending around the 3:20 mark:
While it was certainly good news that Trump has fostered a good relationship with the Saudi government, it’s a shame that Obama didn’t do what was necessary several years ago. If he had, the Islamic State group might not be the powerhouse terrorist organization it is today.
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