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Gates: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Is "Unattainable"

Intentionally or not, President Barack Obama’s current strategy for defeating and destroying ISIS is "unattainable," says his first Defense Secretary, Robert Gates.

“…there will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy. And I think that by continuing to repeat that [there won’t be troops on the ground], the president in effect traps himself,” Gates said on CBS This Morning.

“I’m also concerned that the goal has been stated as ‘degrade and destroy’ or ‘degrade and defeat’ ISIS,” because it sets an "unattainable" goal.

Gates is speaking from experience. As Defense Secretary for both Obama and George W. Bush, he saw the United States military inflict “some terrible blows” against al Qaeda – including the killing of Osama…[more]

September 18, 2014 • 01:41 pm

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