Ex-Pentagon Chief Panetta Sees 30-year ISIS War, Blames Obama

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secretary-of-defense-leon-panettaThe fight against the Islamic State group (ISIS) will be difficult and could last decades due to decisions made by President Barack Obama, former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has said.

“I think we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war” that could extend to threats in Libya, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, Panetta told USA Today in a story published Monday.

Panetta, a respected policymaker who served under Obama, blamed the challenges on decisions the president made over the past three years.

Among those decisions, he cited Obama’s failure to push the Iraqi government hard enough to allow a residual US force to stay in the country after troops withdrew in 2011, saying that created a security “vacuum.”

The former defense secretary also pointed to Obama’s rejection of advice in 2012 from Panetta and then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton to begin arming Syrian rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

“I do think we would be in a better position to kind of know whether or not there is some moderate element in the rebel forces that are confronting Assad,” Panetta said.

And Panetta said Obama lost credibility when he warned Assad not to use chemical weapons against his own people and then failed to act when the Syrian leader crossed that “red line” last year.

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{Matzav.com Newscenter}

9 COMMENTS

  1. When his own friends and advisers, say he his a big mistake, its time to wake up, and not vote for the soft democrats!!!
    VOTE Republican, throw out the liberals from the House and Senate

  2. Don’t look back over these past 6 disastrous years. LOOK FORWARD AND VOTE REPUBLICAN ALL THE WAY TO TAKE BACK AMERICA AND START BEING A PROUD AMERICAN AGAIN

  3. My view is when a cabinet secretary who in their after life go and write a book and criticize the very person that gave them their ‘claim to fame’….so to speak, and especially the person they are criticizing is still in office, I think says more about the motivation of that person then what he really has to say. I think for Panetta to go out there and criticize Obama while he is still in office is very low -its obvious that he’s doing it for money and greed.

  4. But lefty wants to blame Bush for the U.S. leaving Iraq. It’s never Obama’s fault. As with many things to which they won’t admit, it is Obama’s fault. Of course, Panetta is somewhat culpable on this as well. He didn’t fight hard enough.

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