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Gen. McInerney: Obama ‘Has No Intention of Defeating ISIS’

By Emily Richards | July 9, 2015 | 5:46pm EDT

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney accused President Obama of having “no intention of defeating ISIS.”

“He has no intention of defeating ISIS,” McInerney told Sean Hannity on Hannity’s nationally syndicated talk show July 8. “Because, if we could defeat 600,000 troops of Saddam Hussein in Desert Storm in 43 days of an air campaign and 100 hours of a ground campaign, why can’t we defeat 30,000 to 40,000 ISIS irregulars?

They are, no question, ruthless, but the fact is we can defeat them if we want. We have elected not to.”

Here is a transcript of what Hannity and Lt. Gen. McInerney said:

Hannity: “I think there’s a level of naiveté here that is frightening. My main observation, General McInerney, about Obama is he is...I don't think he is as smart as liberals seem to think he is. I think they view his communication skills and somehow connect that to an intelligence level.

“I still stand by my analysis that this is a guy that has been deeply indoctrinated into leftism, socialism. I see, he’s almost incapable of adapting and seeing anything through any other prism than that which he has been indoctrinated into. I think that he’s a rigid ideologue.

“And I think slowly, but surely as the recognition that the ideology is failing, I think he is now doubling down on the one thing that he seems to know, and that is radicalism. And that’s why I think it’s getting more extreme every day. What’s your take on it?”

McInerney: “Well, I agree with you. But you and I have been thinking this way for the last six and a half years, Sean. He came in with an agenda that was in his DNA that is entirely different than is in the DNA of the three of us. And he has just persisted with that.

“He has no intention of defeating ISIS. Because, if we could defeat 600,000 troops of Saddam Hussein in Desert Storm in 43 days of an air campaign and 100 hours of a ground campaign, why can’t we defeat 30,000 to 40,000 ISIS irregulars?

“They are, no question, ruthless, but the fact is we can defeat them if we want. We have elected not to.”

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