When top military officials issued dire warnings concerning the substantial risks to the US associated with the ISIS terrorist group, as reported by Reuters:
“General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated officials were worried about the possibility that European or U.S. nationals, radicalized after fighting in Iraq or Syria, would return to their home countries.”
Dempsey further indicated that the Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in areas of Syria under militant control.
“This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of- days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated,” Dempsey said.
Hagel even went on to state the terrorist organization was “beyond anything we’ve seen.”
After these warnings, which shocked many within the US, a large number of Americans anxiously awaited Obama’s response and his plan of action in protecting US citizens.
Only a few days later, after apparently being taken behind the woodshed for Dempsey’s alarming remarks, the top US General completely walked back his ominous warning.
In fact, a now globalist-sounding Dempsey executed an almost complete 180, as was reported by USA Today:
“Airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq have blunted their momentum, but defeating them will require a broad regional approach that draws support from Iraq’s neighbors and includes political and diplomatic efforts,” the top U.S. military officer said.
“The long-term strategy for defeating the militants includes having the United States and its allies reach out to Iraq’s neighbors, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday.
“This is not just about us,” Dempsey said.
Later, after almost one full week, and upon returning from vacation, Obama, in an address to the Nation, issued tepid remarks only concerning ISIS and even admitted that there was no US strategy.
“We don’t have a strategy yet” ~President Barack Obama on 8/28/14
The overall exchange and the 180-degree correction by the General would seem to speak to the fact that Obama has no real nor actual intent to try and directly stop ISIS for reasons yet unknown.
During that same time period, in fact, was also when Lt. General Michael Flynn was fired from his top military posting in the war on terror.
Now the general is speaking out on why he was fired, and it dovetails perfectly with Flynn’s alarmingly ominous treatment of ISIS and Islamic Jihad, a thing that Obama both bristles and rails against, to this very day…..
“Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is reportedly being vetted by Donald Trump as a potential running mate, was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in the winter of 2014 after three decades in the military. Here he tells the real story of his departure from his post and why America is not getting any closer to winning the war on terror.”
Two years ago, I was called into a meeting with the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and the director of national intelligence, and after some “niceties,” I was told by the USDI that I was being let go from DIA. It was definitely an uncomfortable moment (I suspect more for them than me).
I asked the DNI (Gen. James Clapper) if my leadership of the agency was in question and he said it was not; had it been, he said, they would have relieved me on the spot.
I knew then it had more to do with the stand I took on radical Islamism and the expansion of al-Qaeda and its associated movements.
I felt the intel system was way too politicized, especially in the Defense Department. After being fired, I left the meeting thinking, “Here we are in the middle of a war, I had a significant amount of combat experience (nearly five years) against this determined enemy on the battlefield and served at senior levels, and here it was, the bureaucracy was letting me go.”
At the time, I was working very hard to change the culture of DIA from one overly focused on Washington, DC, to a culture that focused on our forward-based warfighters and commanders. It was not an easy shift, but it was necessary and exactly the reason I was put into the job in the first place.
We’re in a global war, facing an enemy alliance that runs from Pyongyang, North Korea, to Havana, Cuba, and Caracas, Venezuela. Along the way, the alliance picks up radical Muslim countries and organizations such as Iran, al Qaeda, the Taliban and Islamic State.
That’s a formidable coalition, and nobody should be shocked to discover that we are losing the war.
Just as the Muslim world has failed, so the secular tyrants have wrecked their own countries. They hate us in part because they know their own peoples would prefer to live as we do. They hope to destroy us before they have to face the consequences of their many failures.
It infuriates me when our president bans criticism of our enemies, and I am certain that we cannot win this war unless we are free to call our enemies by their proper names: radical jihadis, failed tyrants, and so forth.