Facing serious challenges for funding the many conflicts the U.S. is now involved in around the globe, America’s top military commander says the fight against ISIS will need more money and resources than are now committed in the Pentagon’s 2015 budget.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, says the U.S.-led effort to destroy Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria will likely last beyond Barack Obama’s presidency — taking up to four years.
Via the website military.com, here’s what else Gen. Dempsey said about that 4-year timeline for the ISIS fight:
The general pushed back against criticism that the administration doesn’t have a strategy for the mission, known as Operation Inherent Resolve.
“But here’s what I’ll tell you about the strategy – it’s going to change,” he said. “The objective is not going to change … I’m not obsessing so much about what’s in the middle.”
Just as Dempsey was issuing his forecast for the U.S. war against the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the American people must prepare for a long and difficult struggle against the forces of ISIS.
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As noted on alarabiya.net, Hagel made that statement in testimony before Congress:
The testimony of Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military officer, comes just days after President Barack Obama asked Congress for a new $5.6 billion plan to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq and send up to 1,500 more American troops to the war-torn nation, the Associated Press reports.
Hagel has also offered his eye-opening opinion of the strength and resolve of the terror fighters who have repeatedly dedicated themselves to prolonged attacks on Western nations.
A post on iraqinews.com, Hagel said that the Defense Secretary says that he:
“…has never seen anything like ISIS before. It is very organized and its members are highly trained. It is well-funded, well-planned and, it is savage and merciless.”
Earlier this week, Western Journalism reported on President Obama’s admitting that he would change his mind and break his pledge of no U.S. combat “boots on the ground” in Iraq if ISIS were known to have acquired a nuclear weapon.