Ret. Marine General: Obama’s ISIS plan hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding

About two weeks ago, President Obama laid out his ISIS strategy, and he is struggling to garner support — not only from an alliance or coalition (which is lacking, as no one is naming the countries or their level of support) — but also from senior military generals and defense officials, current and retired, who certainly know something about battle. The latest torpedo comes from a former Commandant of the US Marine Corps, General James Conway.

As reported by The Daily Caller, “The man who was the top Marine general from 2006 until his retirement in 2010 says President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is doomed to fail. “I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding,” retired Marine General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps during the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the Obama administration, said at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Friday, according to a source in attendance.”

You can always count on a Marine to not mince words. Then again, this is something we all knew was the case two weeks ago, when Obama delivered his 15-minute empty speech which focused more on what he was not going to do along with self-righteous indignation in dismissing ISIS’ Islamic ideology.

Another highly decorated and regarded US Marine General chimed in on the subject. As the Daily Caller reports, former CENTCOM Commander retired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis told the House Intelligence Committee, “You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do. Specifically, if this threat to our nation is determined to be as significant as I believe it is, we may not wish to reassure our enemies our enemies in advance that they will not see American ‘boots on the ground.’ If a brigade of our paratroopers or a battalion landing team of our Marines would strengthen our allies at a key juncture and create havoc/humiliation for our adversaries, then we should do what is necessary with our forces that exist for that very purpose.”

Even former Obama administration Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has confided in an interview that he was against the withdrawal of our forces from Iraq. So who does Obama listen to? Obviously not the people assigned to key national security positions. I suppose being a complete political animal means he only confides in Darth Vader’s sister, Valerie Jarrett. Of course if this were a campaign, then David Axelrod and David Plouffe would be in charge. Maybe behind the scenes, Chicago is still running our country.

We are slowly watching the demise of our nation at the hands of an egomaniacal intransigent ideologue. We will be ultimately victorious, but the pain is going to be rather intense for a period of time.

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Nancy DeVisser
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HE WILL NEVER LISTEN TO THE ADVICE OF THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY,BECAUSE HE THINK’S HE KNOW’S ALL . I ALSO QUESTION WHO IS EVEN TRYING TO DEFEAT THEM OR US ?

Justin Ahlquist
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His plan will succeed. His plan is to united the middle east against Israel and the west.

George Loder
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Obama is like a brand new Second Lieutenant (be they Academy, ROTC, or OCS trained) it usually takes 10 – 90 days to learn to listen to their NCOs (experienced subordinates) who, in addition to their normal duties of running the operations, have to teach the new “boss” how the real world works – as opposed to what he learned in academia, there are valuable lessons to be leaned from “on-the-job” experience; common sense dictates that the best steps to take is to be well advised (not rely on your own ineptest). It is unknown if the President hears his… Read more »
irish7_1sg
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Although I completely concur that NO field grade officer ever succeeded without the advice and experience of MULTIPLE NCOs, I cannot draw a comparison with Barry and ANY service member. First of all, he is a lifelong Marxist. He loathes our military because it is the primary instrument of Capitalist strength. Second, Barry is a Moslem, so he will never be committed to conflict against his brothers. He may ALLOW our Armed Forces to engage Islamic soldiers here and there, but will NOT authorize the prolonged conflicts required to eliminate our enemies.Thanks for your many years of dedicated service to… Read more »
aristopele
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@irish7_1sg:disqus : Let me restate the obvious… Obama does not have a military background. Our system of government does not require him to have one. He has military commanders — from every branch of the armed forces — working for him but at the end of the day the buck stops at his desk. You seem to be in a hurry to engage the IS. Good for you. But military background or no, you *do not* have the same information the President has. You have never had to wrestle with the ramifications of many things that come with seemingly simple… Read more »
irish7_1sg
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I think you are reading way too far into my response. My reply to George Loder was an agreement with his statement that no senior officer in the military ever became successful without the help of NCOs. I was opposed to George comparing Barry with ANY military officer because of his background and lifelong support of our enemies. Although I believe we let this ISIS problem fester too long, I did not say that I want a ground offensive right now. I think we should have more ground forces in the region, initially to defend key areas, then potentially to… Read more »
George Loder
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irish7-1sg; I see by the comment below (Earl Lee) that I was right to avoid revealing my opinions on the often disputed socio-economic and religious beliefs. My point as stated addressed the fact that Obama is given guidance pertaining to military science/tactics (an area in which he has no experience) which, for the most part he ignores. One o his main problems (which we all have to face) is his narcissistic attitude combined with the belief (based on his educational [both formal and through social contact] background, that he can either persuade, convince, and/or connive ANYONE/EVERYONE into believing that his… Read more »
irish7_1sg
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Point taken: Your analogy was to point out that Barry ignores his advisers. You prefer to avoid commenting on political or religious subjects. I can respect that. Yes, I am a retired Army First Sergeant. I served over 30 years in the Airborne and Mechanized Infantry, then as an Armored Cavalry Scout.

George Loder
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I find that it helps if you funnel the statements (subject info) other wise a lot of the commenters tend to get sidetracked; what started as a discourse on Obama ignoring valid information ends up going off on a tangent and the next thing you know people are bringing up photo copies of birth certificates and the original subject is gone by the wayside. Keep ’em rollin’!

Earl Lee
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No FACTS to support this ARGUMENT! ***TIN FOIL HAT ALERT***

George Loder
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Earl Lee; please read my reply to Irish7_1sg, religion aside, it is my belief that my stated comments about self-worship and educational attitude have a hell-of-a-lot bearing on everything Obama does, only circumstance makes it com out as the right or wrong choice. By the way, for years my “in-foil hat” was a steel pot. (Past actions on Obama’s part support the thoughts which tend to make one believe that, YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL AN IGNORAMOUS, BUT YOU CAN”T TELL THEM MUCH.) The main point of my original comment was that Obama gets the advice from an vastly experienced group,… Read more »
David King
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As easily as Obama lies, I’m sure he has no intent of success. Politicians ran The Vietnam war while ignoring the battlefield commanders. Are we learning yet? Obama cares about nothing but his own optics, all else be damned. He’ll burn this country to the ground as long as there’s no question whose throne sits atop the ashes.

basehitz
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“an egomaniacal intransigent ideologue”
So you’re thinking 0bama’s attitude is not optimum?