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Col. Derek Harvey on Obama's ISIS Strategy: 'Run Out the Clock'

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 06:00 PM

President Barack Obama's strategy to destroy the Islamic State will never work because "they are trying to contain the problem and run out the clock," retired Army Col. Derek Harvey told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"There's no real intent to achieve real results on the ground," Harvey told "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner. "Leadership is absent and we're just looking to the next administration."

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Harvey, a former senior intelligence officer and adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, said that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey were "both playing defense" in their testimony Tuesday to Capitol Hill on the ISIS effort.

They testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, a day after Obama said at the Pentagon that the U.S.-led coalition was "intensifying" its campaign against the terrorist group's base in Syria.

"Unremarkable," Harvey described their testimony to Berliner. "A rehash, a restatement, staying the course. This is going to be a long campaign."

Carter and Dempsey also testified that the coalition had only trained 60 Syrian rebels in the campaign.

"It's clear that the train-and-equip mission in both Syria and Iraq are failing — and the president's whole strategy seems to rely on finding those fighters to do the fighting on the ground," Harvey said, adding that those who should be able to command the effort have not been given the authority to do so by the White House.

"We don't use our power and our authorities very well," he said. "It's a fantasy world that we're living in right now in the White House and in the execution of this strategy."

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