In a speech last week a retired American three star general, Thomas G. McInerney, identified radical Islam (which he compared to totalitarian political movements), political correctness regarding the Islamic enemy (such as Obama's), the economy, the downsizing of the military, and the US policy of "counter-insurgency" Obama's in the Middle East as factors that have undermined US power in a perilous world:
"Unless we're harsh we're going to lose this nation. We're losing it fast ....
These are very dangerous times for America. We are leading from behind, and that's why these things are happening. You cannot lead from behind. Someone has to lead....
Political correctness is killing us. It is a global war against radical Islam. Let's call it what it is ... Islam is not a religion of peace."Owing to the US military's technical superiority, he claimed, it should, with a change of policy, take only 90 days to defeat ISIS:
"Let's just kill them. I would wipe them out.
Hit the mosque, take them out. Until we get serious, we are being unfair to our troops and the American public."In support of his views the general reminded his audience that during the Second World War Germany's cities were devasted by Allied bombing, and that the US should be striking 200 locations a day:
"There's no question in Germany's mind who won. That's been our problem [in the Middle East]."He also argued that Middle Eastern nations should be pressed into providing ground forces ("We do need boots on the ground, but not American boots") and that after ISIS is vanquished the US should not participate in nation-building:
"That's their problem. They're the ones that ought to be doing it."See more here
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