Once ISIS began to emerge I did not consider them a JV team. In fact, I repeatedly warned that they were much, much more of a potent threat than the president was giving them credit for. And I argued for an earlier engagement, both targeting their hubs of — their nodes that they use for logistical operations, but also the transit points that they needed in order to project power moving forward.I still think that it’s good we’re conducting airstrikes. The truth is we probably need more. But I really think it’s critical that a Sunni force confront them on the ground. And part of that could be Iraqi Sunnis. And I see today that they’re starting to train some. . . . The problem is they need American logistical support, air support and some special operations embeds to help that be successful. They’re not going to do it on their own. … Well, we’ve given them some increasing advice. It still has not been to the level it should’ve been.
June 8, 2015 at 1:19 PM EDT