Fox's Ralph Peters: US Military Leaders May Not Have The “Character, The Wherewithal” To Defeat ISIS

Peters: “It's Not About Winning Hearts And Minds, It's About Splashing Their Hearts And Brains All Over The Landscape”

From the March 22 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

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BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Do you think the American people have the will to fight ISIS? I mean, the polls show that most favor ground troops, but an entire political party, the Democratic Party is against any kind of meaningful confrontation. What about the folks in general? What do you think?

LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: Well, I think the American people certainly could summon the will to defeat ISIS, to destroy ISIS, if properly led. But we are not properly led, and I'm afraid looking at the political landscape we may not be properly led. Because I'm not -- generalities won't defeat ISIS. I'm not hearing the kind of expertise, depth, and strength of character it will take. Worse, Bill, worse, we now have two generations of military officers educated, trained, convinced that it's more important to prevent casualties and collateral damage than to win. Honestly, I don't know if our military leaders have the character, the wherewithal to do what it takes to defeat ISIS. It's not about winning hearts and minds, it's about splashing their hearts and brains all over the landscape.


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