Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: It May Be Too Late for Iraq Solution

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 02:08 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Not only is there no easy solution to address the turmoil in Iraq, there may be no solution at all because of the time President Barack Obama has waited to act, said Lt. Col. Ralph Peters.

The Obama administration had "spent the last 5 ½ years insisting that Islam is a religion of peace and no threat," Peters said. With the level of terrorist violence by Islamic extremists, he said it was now evident "jihad isn't just about a peaceful, inner struggle."

"This geostrategic earthquake, that, frankly, there is not only no easy solution, there may not be a solution, because [Obama] let it metastasize for so long," Peters, a retired Army Lt. Col., told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday.

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The White House announced Monday that the United States is sending 200 troops to secure the American Embassy and Baghdad International Airport. This would bring to 750 the number of troops sent to aid the Iraqi government in its battle against the terrorist insurgents with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Fox News reported. 

Peters said sending the troops "doesn't really solve any problems."

"The problem that the Obama administration is utterly unwilling to address is that Islamic fanaticism is not only on the march, as we saw this weekend. They've declared the rebirth of the caliphate, an Islamic state. And it matters," Peters said.

Peters explained ISIS posed an immediate threat to U.S. troops because of their firepower.

He said if "Islamic extremists flood the streets of Baghdad west of the river," they could be armed with weapons that could "shoot down helicopters and planes." Should that happen, he said it would be an "Alamo situation."


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