Kirsters Baish| The Trump administration has received more than their share of criticism following decisions like withdrawing the United States from the highly flawed Obama era Iran Nuclear Deal. However, despite the criticism, the Trump administration is receiving great compliments from some of the military’s most elite when it comes down to foreign policy.
One military elite in particular had great things to say about Trump and his team. Former special operations sniper Nicholas Irving defended President Trump’s military strategy. Irving spent six tour in Iraq and Afghanistan between the years 2005 and 2010. Irving is known to have killed 22 enemies during combat, which is more than any other member of the 3rd Ranger Regiment before that time or since that time.
Irving explained that during the Obama administration special operations forces lost a big part of what makes them so successful.
During an interview with Fox News, Irving was questioned as to how he feels about President Trump’s military leadership as compared to former presidents. He explained that the troops can count on the element of surprise with Trump.
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Irving called Trump’s approach “tougher,” and an approach that is “actually striking fear into the enemy.”
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In Irving’s opinion, “having that fear in the enemy is one of the first things that the enemy wants to back down from a fight from.”
As a candidate and after his inauguration, Trump has frequently admonished other administrations for announcing planned military operations, something he vowed not to do.
“I don’t talk about military response,” the president said in February 2017, according to CNS News. “I don’t say I’m going into Mosul in four months — we’re going to attack Mosul in four months. Then three months later, we’re going to attack Mosul in one month. Next week, we are going to attack Mosul. Meantime, Mosul’s very, very difficult. You know why? Because I don’t talk about military, and I don’t talk about certain other things.”
Some Americans find Trump’s vague responses to all things military nerve wracking, but Irving explained that these unreadable messages freak American enemies out.
He stated, “We didn’t really get that from prior presidents.”
Trump criticized former President Barack Obama for talking about military plans so openly. How can we ever get one up on our enemies if they know our next move? Irving explained that this approach created big issues that didn’t need to be issues in the first place for the specialized mission that special operations were deployed to follow through on.
He explained, “The last president we had, we didn’t have the ability to actually strike fear into our enemy and have that element of surprise going into Helmand Province.”
“Fox & Friends” co-anchor Pete Hegseth is also a decorated Army veteran. He took the opportunity to point out that Obama also announced an expected withdrawal timeline having to do with the troop surge in Afghanistan.
Irving stated “I did not understand that. That was one of the first times I’ve ever seen that.”
He finished off by saying that these announcements resulted in critical loss of the surprise element, calling it “kind of like fighting with handcuffs behind our back.”