It didn’t take long for retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters to tell Bill O’Reilly he was wrong — wrong about the reason behind the failure of the administration’s approach to defeating ISIS in Iraq. “The Pentagon is not the key” to stopping the spread of the Islamic State, argued the veteran military expert. “The key is the White House.”
The Fox News strategic analyst went on to tell The Factor host that “the president has decided to take advice from his civilian advisors with no military experience, rather than from serious military planners.” Peters also slammed what he described as the weak leadership of Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.
As for the size of the ISIS militant force in Iraq and Syria, O’Reilly insisted the number is somewhere around 30,000. Again, Col. Peters strongly disagreed, saying the number is closer to 60,000 or even 70,000 combatants who are now fighting like a “real army” determined to win a war for a cause in which they wholeheartedly believe.
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It was a fiery segment on The Factor, and you can watch it by clicking on the video above.