“I would knock the hell out of ISIS… [and] when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families,” the Republican presidential candidate said on Fox & Friends [Ashley Ross, “Donald Trump Says He’d ‘Take Out’ Terrorists’ Families,” Time, 2015.12.02].
At Russia’s request, the U.S. military on Friday called off its surveillance of a convoy of Islamic State fighters that has been stuck in the Syrian desert for the past 10 days, saying it is now up to the Syrian government to resolve its fate.
…The original convoy of 17 buses loaded with Islamic State fighters and their families had already broken up, with six managing to head back into Syrian government territory and 11 getting stuck after the bombing of the road. The U.S. military did not bomb the convoy itself, because of the presence of women and children [Liz Sly, “U.S. Warplanes Are Called off Surveillance of ISIS Convoy, at Russia’s Request,” Washington Post, 2017.09.08].
Once again, Donald Trump proves his tough words, even against the number-one threat that America faces, are just words, not to be backed up by tough, consistent action.