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Obama's Former Army Chief Of Staff Rips Administration's Handling Of ISIS

- May 20, 2016

Gen. Ray Odierno Says ISIS Is "Becoming A Global Problem," And "It's Expanding." MSNBC'S WILLIE GEIST: "Joining us now, retired four star general Ray Odierno who most recently served as the United States Army Chief of Staff. General, great to have you with us this morning. Secretary Gates was sitting in that very chair about 24 hours ago. Your old boss that's right. We asked him about the state of the fight against ISIS and the way this administration has approached it. Do you believe that the White House should be saying we are, in fact, at war, that we are using combat troops? I mean you had a Navy SEAL, Charles Keating, die a couple of weeks ago, while he was in a firefight with ISIS fighters. Are we using combat troops?" FMR. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF GEN. RAY ODIERNO: Well of course we are. Our special operation forces are our most highly trained combat capability that we have in the armed services. And ISIS, frankly, has declared war on us so it's very clear of their intentions. So I think, listen, the President he understands that he doesn't want to get us entangled with hundreds of thousands of troops deployed around the world again. And I understand that completely. But we have to realize in order to stop this, we have to be aggressive in smaller numbers, work with other nations in order to solve these problems. This is becoming a global problem. It's expanding. And that's my concern." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 5/20/16)

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Gen. Ray Odierno Also Stated That ISIS Was Avoidable, And That Iraq Was Stable When We Left. MSNBC'S JOE SCARBOROUGH: "Did it ever have to begin? Was ISIS avoidable?" FMR. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF GEN. RAY ODIERNO: "I think it is. I'm not one for revisionist history. Actually, On 1 September 2010 that's when I gave up command in Iraq, and that was when we declared the end of combat operations when I left…" SCARBOROUGH: "What was the state of Iraq when we got out of there?" ODIERNO: "It was in great shape. Violence was down. The economy was growing. A fairly stable political system, although there were signs that maybe it wouldn't be so stable. So it was going well, and I think if we had stayed, I think it could have made a difference." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe", 5/20/16)

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Former Army Chief Of Staff Odierno Doesn't Know What The U.S. Strategy Against ISIS Is. JOE SCARBOROUGH: "What's got to be at the heart of that debate that you want Congress to have?" FMR. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF GEN. RAY ODIERNO: "Well first I want somebody to talk about what is our strategy?" SCARBOROUGH: "What is our strategy?" ODIERNO: "I don't know." (Former General Ray Odierno, MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 5/20/16)

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