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Ret. Col. Patrick Murray: 'Lily Pad' ISIS Strategy Will Cost American Lives

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 05:33 PM

Retired Col. Patrick Murray tells Newsmax that the "lily pad" strategy the military plans to use to push back the Islamic State (ISIS) will likely cost American lives.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey explained last week that a series of small operations, called "lily pads" will be set up around Iraq to push back ISIS.

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The concept behind "lily pads" is based "off of what we did in Anbar back in 2007 with FOBs, Forward Operating Bases, but the key term with a FOB is 'operating,'" Murray told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Wednesday.

"These guys are noncombatants, and so they're going to be out there, they're very close to Ramadi, they're at Taqaddum Air Base, which is not far away, and we know ISIS now controls Ramadi," he explained.

"I don't like this strategy. I fear, I worry that we're going to pay a price for this," he contends.

According to Murray, "the price is American lives."

"You're going to have 450 noncombatant soldiers in this air base and ISIS has rockets, ISIS has mortars," the former Army colonel says.

"You have to resupply these lily pads, which means you either put trucks on the ground, and they're vulnerable to IEDs, or if you try to resupply them by air, ISIS has ground-to-air missiles," Murray explained.

"I worry what happens with our soldiers over there who are in a noncombatant role, and I will tell you this, they would much rather have the capacity to do some offensive operations where they're equipped properly," he said.

"The straw man that we hear a lot from the White House is that, 'Well, we're not going to put another 100,000, 150,000 troops back in,'" Murray told Newsmax TV. "Nobody's asking for that."

The former advisor to Gen. David Petraeus said that "a great solution" would be embedding "some Special Operations forces with the Iraqi security forces. You give them the ability to do some forward air controlling so that we have some serious air power that comes in."

According to Murray, "we have 10 or 12 sorties a day, and there's no indication that they're even dropping their munitions because we don't have any forward air controllers. We should be doing 500 sorties a day, if we want to degrade ISIS."

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