Syndicated Columnist George Will took aim at President Barack Obama’s gloat and subsequent backtrack regarding the end of the Iraq War.
In a montage of clips on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Obama is shown telling campaign crowds that he kept his 2008 promise to end the war in Iraq, followed by clips featuring Obama laying blame at the Iraqi government, saying it was their decision to not have a residual force in the country.
However, Will had none of that Monday night, telling Bret Baier that as George Orwell once said, “‘the quickest way to end a war is to lose it,’ which we may have done.”
The Fox News contributor also said that everything hinges on whether ISIS “can be driven off the land, the quarter of Iraq that they currently occupy.”
“The chances are not good,” he adds.
Will also said that the use of ground troops will be imperative in combatting ISIS, whether they are American or non-American troops, pointing to the 78 days of bombing in Kosovo (1999) which he says weren’t effective until the use of NATO ground troops was threatened.
“General [Robert] Scales said in a Wall Street Journal that at the end of the day, defeating ISIS will be on the shoulders of men and women who are willing to kill in close. He doesn’t varnish it. Those are not going to be Americans. The question is, are they going to be anyone else?”