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Military Experts: Obama Fails to Grasp Unconventional Nature of ISIS Fight

By    |   Monday, 15 September 2014 11:29 AM

Unless President Barack Obama changes course and realizes the United States needs unconventional leaders and tactics to effectively fight the Islamic State (ISIS), it is in a losing battle, retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely said Monday on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.”

“The problem is, as I've said before, we have conventional minds trying to run this strategy against unconventional warfare,” Vallely said.

“Until we can get the unconventional warfare guys in charge by bringing back Gen. Jerry Boykin, for example, who could run this war and come to a strategy that will ensure victory. But we can't have these conventional generals and admirals running this war any more than the conventional thinkers in the White House," he said.

"We're just continuing down a path of failure.”

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Further complicating the mission are political “rules of engagement” being thrust upon Special Forces soldiers on the ground, added Scott Neil, a retired military expert.

“You can certainly see that already and Special Forces has already been on the ground for several months now and have been effective when they've been unimpeded,” Neil said. “But when you actually handcuff them and talk to them about rules of engagement that actually looks at the political considerations, not the effects you want on the ground, you're just hampering the success of the mission that you gave them in the first place.”

Neil told host J.D. Hayworth that the Obama administration’s current “indecisive policy” is similar to the unfocused direction the war took seven or eight years ago, which prompted the formation of “a strategic, inter-agency task force that was assembled and their sole focus was foreign fighters and that's when you had that very deliberate policy, that very deliberate strategy.

“You had laws that were enacted, you had your law enforcement partners that came in and you had your foreign partners that came in and they all sat together every day and looked at this problem,” he said.

Vallely agreed with Pope Francis’ recent remarks that what’s happening in the Middle East is tantamount to World War III.

“It is a global war, as has been laid out by the Muslim Brotherhood, by al-Qaida, by al-Nusra, by ISIS,” he said. “They're on the track for a global Caliphate and that's Muslim domination of the world. So they lay it out there. There's no mincing of words as we mince words, it seems.

“It's just absolutely ridiculous and of course they know that we try to do all the delaying movements to do nothing. Sanctions. We try to put together these coalitions, which takes forever, and in the interim they gain more ground and gain more influence in what they're attempting to do.”

Neil agreed.

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“It is World War III in a clash of ideas on the basis of what civilization is, on how grievances are solved around the world, and right now we find ourselves with no counter-narrative to extremist Islam,” he said, suggesting that the U.S., other than “maybe a sound bite” does not have “a counter to what's being put in front of us today.”

“There is a clear and present danger right now that just attacks us all in our fundamental world. That's ISIS and that's in Syria and Iraq.”

The United States needs to stop waiting around for other nations, he said.

“Everybody's waiting at the bus stop, waiting for everybody to get on when you just need to be a natural leader and start moving out,” said Neil.

“When you start demonstrating those successes, which we're going to launch anyways, you need to already have momentum and underway. But just sitting around the bus stop, hoping everybody gets on the bus with you if not going to be effective at all.”

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Unless President Obama changes course and realizes the United States needs unconventional leaders and tactics to effectively fight the Islamic State, it is in a losing battle, retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely said Monday on "America's Forum."
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