Donald Trump, Prophet of Doom, is Ready to Write off Mosul

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–October 24, 2016

By Mark Sumner

TOPSHOT - Iraqi children from the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, pose for a photo after Iraqi government forces recaptured the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi children from al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, celebrate after Iraqi government forces recaptures the village from ISIS
 First Donald Trump said that Aleppo had already fallen, which would be news to the 400,000 people still living in the city. Now, after months of mocking the United States in general, the military in particular, and daily rolling his eyes over the idea that we would allow ISIS forces in Mosul to know that an assault was on it’s way, Donald Trump is ready to declare defeat.
The attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb. VOTE TRUMP and WIN AGAIN!

The problem with Trump’s statement isn’t just his running down the United States and implicitly cheering for ISIS. It’s that he’s wrong. The attack on Mosul is proceeding well.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are within five miles (eight kilometers) of Mosul, commanders said Sunday, after days of fighting and sweeping territorial gains in the operation to free the key Iraqi city from ISIS control.

A coalition of 100,000 troops have been closing in on Mosul since Monday, liberating surrounding communities village by village and making quicker-than-expected gains.

The battle has even made for some unlikely allies, as the Kurdish Peshmerga over the weekend received assistance from Turkish troops and artillery.

Trump’s “disaster” is not a disaster, but even that bit of armchair generalship wasn’t Trump’s worst call in this fight. Taking Trump’s advice in the battle planning? That would have been a real disaster.

The problem with Trump’s statement isn’t just his running down the United States and implicitly cheering for ISIS. It’s that he’s wrong. The attack on Mosul is proceeding well.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are within five miles (eight kilometers) of Mosul, commanders said Sunday, after days of fighting and sweeping territorial gains in the operation to free the key Iraqi city from ISIS control.

A coalition of 100,000 troops have been closing in on Mosul since Monday, liberating surrounding communities village by village and making quicker-than-expected gains.

The battle has even made for some unlikely allies, as the Kurdish Peshmerga over the weekend received assistance from Turkish troops and artillery.

Trump’s “disaster” is not a disaster, but even that bit of armchair generalship wasn’t Trump’s worst call in this fight. Taking Trump’s advice in the battle planning? That would have been a real disaster.

Source: http://dailykos.com