Time for Military to Admit ISIS is Winning

Is ISIS on the defensive and about to lose? To listen to U.S. military commanders, you would think the answer is yes. On Friday, as Ramadi was falling, Brigadier General Thomas D. Weidley (USMC), Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, and Colonel Steve Warren, Director, Defense Press Office, gave a surreal news conference. Said General Weidley:  “We firmly believe Daesh is on the defensive throughout Iraq and Syria … It’s the CJTF’s assessment that the Iraqis, with coalition support, are making sound progress.” Sadly, the only progress that Iraqi troops are making is in rapidly retreating before the ISIS onslaught which has led the Islamic State to capture not only Mosul and Fallujah but now Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We need to paint this as an Iranian failure to tear off the patina that they’re somehow this unstoppable force.

    • Well either ISIS is being lured into the open and about to be swallowed in a trap or the Iraqi army really does suck big time, and the US is showing reluctance to support it in order to push a confrontation between the shia militia and the sunni IS

  • As long as Obama is the president the general staff will continue its decline.

    Obama is long overdue to be charged with treason.

  • Doug Kursk

    A few airstrikes here and there does nothing…the enemy has now learned to go to ground and avoid massing in rural areas.The coalition refuses to strike cities, so the ISIS fighters congregate in urban centres.

    How serious are the airstrikes when ISIS can hold parades on a regular basis?

  • k

    bout time the WEST minded it’s own business

    There are HUGE problems in the WEST that need figuring out!

  • ISIS is winning because no one, save the Saudis, are serious about defeating ISIS. They only want to “degrade”.

  • AlanUK

    Time to blow your foot off if you hold your AK47 (?) that way.

  • Minicapt

    Not so much that ISIS is winning, but that the Us planner and trainers have not devised a winning plan.