President Obama admitted today that he still doesn’t have a “complete strategy” to improve Iraqi forces’ fighting effectiveness against ISIS.
No, this is not one of my satirical pieces. He said it in a press conference in Germany at the end of the G-7 meeting. I have video. And yes, we did launch the anti-ISIS initiative end of last summer.
Obama admitted that Iraqi forces have to be trained more quickly, and that some “haven’t” been sufficiently brought up to speed. He suggested the Iraqis were moving too slowly.
We want to get more Iraqi forces, trained, fresh, well-equipped, and focused . . .
So we’re reviewing a range of plans for how we might do that – essentially accelerating the number of Iraqi forces that are properly trained and equipped and have a focused strategy and good leadership.
We don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place. And so the details of that are not yet worked out.
It’s unfortunate that for the last ten years we’ve been teaching the Iraqis to roast marshmallows and use them to make S’mores. Because if we had only thought to train them to fight, maybe they’d be kicking a little ISIS ass.
Okay, that’s the satire part. Honestly, I don’t know what we’ve been teaching the Iraqi troops to do. But when I find out, you’ll be the first to know.