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Ex-Gen. Vallely: US Too 'Politically Correct' in ISIS Fight

By    |   Monday, 27 October 2014 11:01 AM

The United States needs a new strategy to combat the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Middle East because the current one is a "travesty," according to retired Gen. Paul Vallely, who appeared Monday on Newsmax TV’s "America’s Forum."

"I don’t' think we have the strategies anymore in the Pentagon or National Security team to outline a really effective forward strategy of how we conduct operations against threats to the United States over there," Vallely said. "You know, we seem to piecemeal stuff.

"We're doing … very limited air strike operations there and we just seem to have an incompetent team that can't get it right, and I wish more of the generals and admirals would stand up and say aloud, ‘This is enough we've got to do this in a different way.’

"Because the Middle East is costing so much money and human resources," he said. "It's like a giant sponge over there."

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Vallely said he does not want to see "another ounce of American blood shed over there in the Middle East and if they can't get their act together, then we've got to go to a new forward strategy.

"If there's a threat against the United States, we've got to attack it using what I call the joint strike force operation from outside. As far as boots on the ground, we have Special Forces there, by the way, but everything is flowing through Baghdad and very little is getting in to the Peshmerga up in Kurdistan."

He advocates working with India and other countries in the region, something he says is not happening.

"It's going to be another travesty if we pull out completely at this point in time with all that's been invested in financial and human resources over there. I would start negotiating more with India. India's a very powerful army over there, they'll have more effect on that region than we ever will," according to Vallely.

ISIS is successfully propagandizing its jihadist cause while the United States is more concerned with "political correctness" than winning the psyops battle, he said.

"In the Pentagon we used to have those strategic psych operations of different categories, but then they changed it to perception management because they didn't to think that we were psy-opping our own people, but psyops is against the enemy, not our own American people," said Vallely.

"So there again, political correctness, and this has been going on for some 15 years. But certainly (ISIS) know how to propagandize, just like Hitler did, and use the media. They're very good at it.

"And a lot of the sophistication emanates from Iran, by the way. They're very good at it. They know how to influence the West, the press, and they do a good job getting it out. So you can't be politically correct anymore. You must deal with the realities that are there."

Trying to get ahead of would-be terrorists targeting members of the military and law enforcement requires good intelligence, he said, and even with that, preventing acts of jihad is not a certainty.

"We're not going to be able to overcome all these nutcases that get radicalized and get recruited through a lot of the mosques in the United States," he said.

ISIS' gathering of surface-to-air missiles — in addition to capturing arms outside Baghdad, airplanes in Syria and a weapons cache from both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army as well as the Free Syrian Army — has bolstered the violent terror group’s capabilities, according to Valley, who said that stockpile could amount to a "game-changer.’

"They're on the move, there's no doubt about it, and as my good friend Ollie North said, Kobani is sort of a diversion on the real attack to take Baghdad," according to Vallely.

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