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Thomas Reed: Airstrikes and Ground Troops Go Hand-in-Hand

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 02:10 PM

There's a reason a large percentage of Americans think that ground troops should be sent in to help in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) because they are important for helping to determining targets, says the former Secretary of the Air Force Thomas Reed.

"They think it is clear that when you are bringing airstrikes, you need troops, people on the ground to coordinate those strikes to do the targeting," Reed told John Bachman and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Wednesday.

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"I've become a historian rather than a military tactician, so I'm focused on what the broad sweep of history is, but history shows if you're going to involve airstrikes, you need people on the ground to help target," he explained.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday showed a shift in the support for ground troops with 41 percent of Americans saying that ground troops should be added to the effort against ISIS and 35 percent saying that the effort should be limited to airstrikes. In September, 34 percent supported ground troops and 40 percent wanted to keep the fight to airstrikes only.

Reed recently authored a book on former President Ronald Reagan titled "The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980" that is set to be released on Oct. 28. Reed served as Secretary of the Air Force under Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. He worked as Reagan's campaign manager when he ran for governor in California as well as pushed for Reagan's presidential nomination in 1968.

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He also served in the Reagan Administration as a Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Policy.

According to Reed, "Ronald Reagan was different."

"Reagan was a very unique human being — he had a mind that was huge beyond the ability to believe. He worked more rapidly than you can imagine," he explained.

"He was known as the great communicator because he really was a stage professional," he said. "He understood the stage, the need to communicate, and he spent almost all of his waking hours thinking through how he was going to tell his message."

"For a president, you don't want a chief administrator alone. You need a leader," he contends, much like Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt.

"Whether it's ISIS or Ebola or the Soviet Union, you need clearly, thought through plans as to what you're going to do," he added. "It does not work to ad hoc things every day."

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