Last week, President Obama once again admitted that the U.S. still lacks a “complete strategy” for defeating ISIS, that statement pretty much echo’s a similar statement in 2014 acknowledging then; “We don't have a strategy yet,”

And that’s perhaps why Lt. Col Allen West, who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, says that the commander-in-chief needs to admit he made a mistake before he can turn the volatile situation in Iraq around.

West told; President Obama’s decision to ignore his generals’ recommendations and withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, leaving behind a power vacuum that is being exploited by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is “probably the greatest  military blunder the world will ever know,”

West continued; “And I think one of the most important things is the president needs to stand up and be forthright and say he got it wrong. That’s the start to having an effective strategy, is admit that he had it wrong in the first place.”

“We can’t put the genie back in the bottle, but the Obama administration should have listened to [Army] Gen. Lloyd Austin when he was the operational commander on the ground. He requested between 10,000 to 12,000 troops as a residual force. The result is that President Obama based his national security strategy on campaign promises and not on the reality on the ground. Right now, President Obama needs to listen to his generals and we need to understand how we can truly get in and defeat ISIS.”

West does not believe that ISIS is too strong to defeat. “But it’s going to take a holistic approach. We have to realize that this is an ideological battle. We have to be able to leverage information systems against them to defeat their propaganda. We have to be able to cut off their recruiting efforts. The United Nations report from two weeks ago said that they had grown by 70 percent in the past nine months, and they’re recruiting in 100 different countries. So we need to cut off that pipeline.

h/t: CNS


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