Retired Marine General James Conway served as Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2006 until 2010. He was at the top of Marine leadership during the transition from Bush to Obama and knows the challenges that our present-day military leadership faces in dealing with the current occupant of the White House.
General Conway offered his knowledge and expertise in evaluating the Obama “strategy” for dealing with the ISIS terrorist threat and how effective, in his opinion, the plan will be. In making his comments Friday at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington, DC, Conway said, “I don’t think the ‘president’s’ plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding.”
Among Conway’s concerns was the absence of a sufficient, reliable ground force in Syria. The Obama regime is betting on the unproven “Syrian rebels,” whose loyalties remain difficult to determine and whose fighting capabilities are not of a caliber equal to those of the Peshmerga in Kurdistan and much below the now off-limits American foot soldiers.
Obama’s oft-repeated proclamations that there will be no U.S. military ground troops in combat has resulted in a situation in which there are no good options for military planners. The time involved in training what is an unproven and unknown “Syrian rebel” army could easily be over a year. In the mean time, our enemy continues to grow exponentially as Obama delays any meaningful action. It has been ten days since he announced Syrian air strikes and nothing other than talk has taken place.
Conway noted in June of this year that the ISIS terrorists had largely reached the limit of what had been their easily taken, poorly defended territorial expansion. He correctly predicted that they would not challenge the Peshmerga or the Shiite oil field areas or Baghdad.
Conway’s Friday comments echo those of a broad spectrum of military experts who are increasingly frustrated with the ineptitude and indecision coming from the White House.
Obama is clearly buying time for ISIS. Whether that is an unintended consequence of his efforts to preserve his perception of a legacy as a peacemaker, a result of his inability to perform the functions of his position or something more sinister is still to be determined. There are mounting suspicions that his known sympathies for the Muslim Brotherhood and other terror organizations may be influencing his already lengthy decision making process.
Every day that he debates about who will be on the ground, every day that he delays substantive air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria is another day that our enemy is able to harden and relocate their assets.
At a time when America desperately needs a president we don’t have one. We have an Obama.
Rick Wells is a conservative writer who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please “Like” him on Facebook, “Follow” him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.us