The United States should be fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) not by pouring more troops into Iraq, but by using a "bottom up" approach of inspiring Sunni Iraqis to rise up to lead the effort, Lt. Col. Scott Mann tells Newsmax TV.
"We've been at this for 15 years," Mann told "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner on Tuesday. Mann served in Iraq under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and said his own son is now preparing to join the battle.
"So I'm very critical of the strategy that I think just stirs and repeat," he said. "I would be even if it wasn't for my son going back over, but that has not worked."
Mann, author of the book "Game Changers: Going Local to Defeat Violent Extremists,"
said the bottom up approach is the only thing that has worked in Iraq.
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"We used this on AQI [al-Qaida in Iraq] interestingly in 2006 under the surge with the Sunni awakening, and guess what? It worked by mobilizing Sunnis in those areas to stand up on their own," he said. "It escapes me why we're not doing that now."
America is trying to project interstate warfare on an intrastate conflict, he said. "This enemy won't respond to that, and the people around it won't respond to that."
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