Monday, September 22, 2014

Past Marine Head Rips Obama's Plan to Defeat IS; "Not Snowball's Chance in Hell" for Plan's Success

A former Marine Corps Commandant told an audience that President Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants -- without using ground forces -- doesn't have a "snowball's chance in hell" of succeeding, the Washington Times website reports today (September 22, 2014).

Speaking at a conference in Washington, General James Conway -- who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps at the end of the Bush administration and beginning of the Obama administration -- said that he was skeptical that the U.S. had reliable ground forces in Iraq.

Two former defense secretaries who served under President Obama also recently criticized Obama's strategy with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told CBS news this week that the president waited too long to act in Syria, and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the U.S. is not going to be successful against the terror group "strictly from the air, or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces, or the Peshmerga, or the Sunni tribes acting on their own."

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