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Gen. Thomas McInerney: We Could Defeat ISIS in 90 Days

By    |   Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 10:28 PM

The United States could defeat Islamic State (ISIS) militants within 90 days if President Barack Obama uses massive airpower and ground forces, says retired Gen. Thomas McInerney.

"He is setting up failure," McInerney said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File." "He's doing these things that are tactical, but they don’t have a strategic endgame."

McInerney said the United States has flown only 176 sorties over Iraq in the past month when he should be flying a minimum of 200 a day.

"This campaign could be over in 90 days if we did what we did in Desert Storm where we had massive airpower, or in Operation Iraqi Freedom — massive airpower with ground power," McInerney said.

Obama has been coming under fire from various retired military leaders, and even some of his advisers have hinted that his promise to keep American ground forces out of the fight might have to be revisited.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a congressional committee this week he would advise Obama to use American ground forces if his current plan doesn't work out.

Critics in both parties have said Obama should not have told the enemy that ground troops would not be used, telegraphing to ISIS that they would not have to fight U.S. forces.

But retired Gen. Jack Keane told Kelly that Obama erred further when he announced on Sept. 10 that airstrikes would take place in Syria. That is allowing ISIS forces to move to into larger cities, where America is less likely to drop bombs because of the risk of civilian casualties.

Obama instead should have announced that America already was bombing ISIS targets, Keane said.

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