General Odierno: Boots On the Ground Needed to Defeat ISIS

Retired General Raymond Odierno appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and said that if America wishes to defeat ISIS it must be boots on the ground.

RET. GEN. RAYMOND ODIERNO, FORMER ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF: When we were successful in Iraq in 2007, ’08 and ’09, we cut the money off. We had the cooperation of the Sunni Arabs and everyone else. And by the way, I’ll just tell you, you know, the Muslim population is absolutely critical to this. I remind everybody that I would say 93 to 95 percent of all Muslims are moderate Muslims and we shouldn’t ever forget that. And we need them in order to be successful.

BARNICLE: A thousand special ops make a difference?

ODIERNO: I’ll let the people on the ground determine numbers. I think it’s probably around that range. But there comes a point where you might have to put — special ops can only do so much. So you might have to put some conventional force. But I’m not talking 20, 30, 40,000. I’m in the 1 to 2,000 range to get done, at least initially what we have to do.

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