Gen. Petraeus Breaks Silence, Issues This CHILLING Statement About ISIS And Obama


In an op-ed published Sunday in The Washington Post, retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, a retired U.S. Army general who commanded coalition forces in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 and served as CIA director from 2011 to 2012 said that Barack Obama’s failures in Iraq could lead to “ISIS 3.0.”

Petraeus criticized Obama’s policies in the Middle East, saying that “U.S. forces today obviously lack the authority, remit and sheer numbers of the U.S. elements in Iraq in 2003. They also do not have the mandate that we had in the early days.”


While acknowledging that U.S. support of Iraqi forces had made some difference in the conflict — most notably successes in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul — he said the sectarian challenges created could plunge recaptured cities into Islamist violence and give birth to a new, more potent strain of the Islamic State group, Conservative Tribune reports.

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Petraeus wrote, “There is no question that the Islamic State will be defeated in Mosul; the real question is what comes afterward. Can the post-Islamic State effort resolve the squabbling likely to arise over numerous issues and bring lasting stability to one of Iraq’s most diverse and challenging provinces? Failure to do so could lead to ISIS 3.0.”


“The prospect of the operation to clear Mosul brings to mind experiences from the spring of 2003, when the 101st Airborne Division, which I was privileged to command, entered a Mosul in considerable turmoil. Our first task, once a degree of order had been restored, was to determine how to establish governance,” he wrote.

“U.S. forces today obviously lack the authority, remit and sheer numbers of the U.S. elements in Iraq in 2003. They also do not have the mandate that we had in the early days,” Petraeus wrote.


“But the enabling forces that the U.S.-led coalition has provided for Iraqi elements over the past year — intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, advisers, logistical elements, and precision strike platforms, in particular — have been instrumental in the successes enjoyed by the Iraqis in Ramadi, Fallujah, Tikrit, Baiji, Qayyarah and a host of other battle sites.”

“I have no doubt that coalition assets will, in the weeks ahead, do so much damage to the surviving Islamic State elements in Mosul that the battle there may well be less intense than many have feared. Thus, the most significant challenge in Mosul will not be to defeat the Islamic State; rather, it will be the task we faced there in 2003: to ensure post-conflict security, reconstruction and, above all, governance that is representative of and responsive to the people.”

Conservative Tribune adds that Petraeus concluded that if and when the Islamic State group is defeated in Iraq, America “will have considerable influence over the resolution of the issues. It will have to exercise that influence.” That’s a not entirely subtle jab at President Obama, who has been relatively content to sit on the sidelines and let the people of Iraq work things out.

Keep in mind that Petraeus is one of the people who knows best the type of challenges that exist in Iraq, and the kind of situation that could foment an insurgency. The fact that he’s talking about the possibility of an Islamic State 3.0 is a deeply disturbing one. It’s also a sign that we need to consider the possibility when we go to the polls this November, lest we get another four years of absent leadership when it comes to terrorism.

God Bless.



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