Airstrikes alone will not work. Â That is the message from the men who have traveled this road before. Â Washington Free Beacon reiterates some of the most damning quotes:
â€œI donâ€™t think the presidentâ€™s plan has a snowballâ€™s chance in hell of succeeding,â€ retired Marine Gen. James Conway said.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Obama effectively â€œtraps himselfâ€ by repeating the mantra of no boots on the ground, saying that had to happen for there to be any chance of success.
â€œYou just donâ€™t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do,â€retired Marine General James Mattis said. â€œHalf-hearted or tentative efforts, or airstrikes alone, can backfire on us and actually strengthen our foesâ€™ credibility. We may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American boots on the ground.â€
Bottom line, the attack only from above strategy just isn’t going to work, and we are watching a decade’s worth of sacrifice in life and treasure evaporate before our eyes.