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Panetta: War With ISIS Could Take 30 Years Thanks To Obama

In a recent interview with USA Today’s Susan Page, former Obama administration defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta laid the blame for a looming generational war with ISIS at his former boss’s feet.

Revealing some of the explosive details in his forthcoming memoir “Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace,” Panetta criticized Obama’s foreign policy agenda–and his military campaign against ISIS specifically. “We are at a point where I think the jury is still out,” Panetta said.

Feeling as though he was fooled by Obama, Panetta said “For the first four years, and the time I spent there, I thought he was a strong leader on security issues. But these last two years I think he kind of lost his way.”

Indeed, President Obama has been roundly criticized for repeatedly publicly proclaiming what he won’t do to stop ISIS–namely sending ground troops into the region.

“You know, it’s been a mixed message,” Panetta said. “A little ambivalence in trying to approach these issues and try to clarify what the role of this country is all about. He may have found himself again with regards to this ISIS crisis. I hope that’s the case,” he continued.

“And if he’s willing to roll up his sleeves and engage with Congress in taking on some of these other issues, as I said I think he can establish a very strong legacy as president . . . I think we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war. And I think these next two-and-a-half years will tell us an awful lot about what history has to say about the Obama administration.”

Panetta’s controversial comment come just as it is being reported that ISIS has taken control of Kobani, a major city in Syria.

“ISIS managed to close in on Kobani despite airstrikes by the United States and allied forces over the weekend and on Monday,” writes CNN’s Holly Yan, Michael Pearson, and Ingrid Formanek.

“We are afraid of this. We are obliged to defend our home, our town,” Kurdish Kobani official Idriss Nassan said Monday. “We didn’t choose this war, but we are obliged to fight.”

And, similarly, as Panetta alluded to above, Obama didn’t choose this war with ISIS either. But ISIS is, indeed, at war with us.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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