Ex-Army Lt. Col.: Defeating ISIS Is 'Task of Months and Years'

Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 06:34 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The U.S. will have to commit to more than just air strikes — and devote plenty of time — if it hopes to defeat the terror group ISIS, says John Nagl, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and expert on counterinsurgency.

"If we decide that it was in America's interest to defeat ISIS, which I strongly believe it is, that's going to be a task of months and years,'' Nagl said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"It will require thousands of American advisors on the ground with Iraqi units, retraining them, stiffening them, calling in airstrikes.

"The fact is that airstrikes by themselves without capable trained eyes on the ground able to communicate with the pilots can't be that effective in this kind of war. It just takes people on the ground still to do that.''

Nagl, now headmaster at The Haverford School in Pennsylvania, said there are no quick or easy answers.

"The easy answers were back in 2011 when we decided to pull all of the American advisors out,'' he said.

"Now we're going to have to start putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.''

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