Marine General Voices Criticism Over Iraq


Four-star Marine General James Amos criticized the administration’s foreign policies in the Middle East while speaking at the Brookings Institution last week.  Although the General never specifically mentioned the president in his remarks during a question-and-answer session, he left no doubt as to whom he was referring to:

“I find it hard to believe knowing how Iraq looked when we left in 2010, when we left, the Marines, and then what it looked like when the last U.S. forces left; that we would be in the position we’re in today in Iraq had we had the right forces, the right leadership, the right mentoring, the right government courage, all the things that you’d think of that just kind of make sense.”

Lt. Col. Oliver North was a guest on The Kelly File when he gave his support to the General’s comments:

“It’s about time somebody in Washington stood up on their hind feet and told everyone what they know to be true.”

Colonel North believes that Amos was speaking to broader concerns about the current state of the U.S. military:

“He realizes that the finest military that’s ever existed on this Earth is being systematically dismantled and we’re calling them all home and throwing them out of the service.”

General Amos urged against an ‘isolationist’ foreign policy:

“We may think we’re done with all of these nasty, thorny, tacky little things that are going on around the world and I’d argue if you are in that nation or you’re in part of that, it’s not a little tacky little thing for you.  We may view it on this side of the Atlantic or the Pacific.  It’s a big deal for them. But, we may think we’re done with them, but they’re not done with us.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

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