In a CBS interview on Wednesday morning, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates openly criticized the Obama administration’s plan to “degrade and destroy” the ISIS, reports Politico’s Gates,
In a Wednesday interview with CBS, Gates, claimed that US forces could not completely eradicate the terrorist organization without deploying infantry troops, something the president has strictly stated he will not do.
Since his resignation as Defense Secretary in 2011, Gates has stated on several occasions that the current administration does not place enough importance on the opinion of top military brass when crafting foreign policy. The US still hasn’t destroyed al-Qaida after thirteen years of continuous engagements, and Gates argues that Obama’s goal of totally eradicating ISIS exhibits civilian naiveté.
Additionally, Gates has been critical of Vice President Biden, stating that the latter has a “near-perfect record of being wrong about almost every major foreign policy question that the United States has faced in the past three decades.”
The former defense secretary — who served under both Bush and Obama — claims that rhetoric used by both Obama and Biden in detailing their plan has boxed them into a corner. Now, America will be forced to follow ISIS to “the gates of hell,” and in the event that we don’t, the world will view this as another American foreign policy blunder.