Retired four-star U.S. Army General John “Jack” Keane pushed again arduous after Fox Business host Lou Dobbs claimed that the U.S. might declare “victory over ISIS.”
“What we can claim now is victory over ISIS, over al Qaeda to this point. We can claim…” Dobbs stated Wednesday night on his Fox Business present Lou Dobbs Tonight. But Keane interjected, saying: “No we can’t. That’s not true.”
Dobbs pushed his level nevertheless, saying: “I said we can claim, I didn’t say it was true. And we could’ve claimed, at one point, victory over the Taliban.”
“You’re chasing a myth,” Keane responded. “A myth that we can have a conventional victory over these radical Islamist organizations, which are absolutely ideological driven organizations. The only way this actually ends is when we protect ourselves against those who would threaten us,” he argued.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that ISIS has been defeated, suggesting that he’s the first individual accountable for the so-called victory. However, this week Republican and Democratic lawmakers have warned that the extremist militant group might resurge in Syria because of Trump’s contentious determination to withdraw troops from northern Syria.
“The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,” the president tweeted on Monday to defend his controversial order.
GOP Senator Marco Rubio of Florida shortly retweeted Trump’s put up, fact-checking the president’s claims.
“We degraded ISIS using Kurd’s as the ground force. Now we have abandoned them & they face annihilation at the hands of the Turkish military,” Rubio wrote. “ISIS could now be reinvigorated when 1000’s of jailed fighters break out when the Kurdish guards are forced to leave to go fight Turkey.”
Retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis raised related issues in an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday morning. “Pulling them [the U.S. forces] out will absolutely allow the reforming of that mass of Islamic State [ISIS] fighters,” he argued. The admiral, who beforehand served because the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander, identified that intelligence studies recommend some 20,000 to 30,000 disbanded ISIS fighters nonetheless stay within the area.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is often seen as an in depth ally of the president, has turn into one of many harshest critics of Trump’s Syria withdrawal. On Monday morning, he referred to as into Fox News’ morning present Fox & Friends to blast the president’s declare that ISIS had been defeated.
“ISIS is not defeated. This is the biggest lie being told by this administration,” Graham stated.