An Iraqi Christian militia fighter who served in the United States Army denounced President Obama’s ability to form a strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Speaking to IJReview in an interview published Monday, the 28-year-old man, known only as ‘Brett,’ said, “If you’re this far into something and you haven’t come up with a complete strategy, you have no strategy.”
Brett was referring to statements made by Obama in Germany Monday during a G7 press conference. “When a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people,” Obama said. “We don’t yet have a complete strategy.”
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Obama made similar remarks when ISIS came to the forefront last August. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” the president said at the time. “We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.”
The Christian militia fighter, who served in the U.S. Army between 2006 and 2007, gave his opinion on how a small threat has grown exponentially larger:
Because of [President Obama’s] incompetence, a once small issue has grown relatively stronger in the Middle East, due to his inability. If he would have kept troops in Iraq and helped train and rebuild, ISIS would not exist in the capacity that it does.
Brett also told IJReview why he chose to join the militia known as “Dwekh Nawsha,” derived from an Assyrian phrase meaning “self-sacrifice,” instead of re-enlisting with the Army:
I chose to fight in a militia because you have the ability to do what a military can’t. You may not have equipment and funding but you don’t have to cut through all the red tape. And let me ask you this what military is actually doing something?
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