Top general: US boots on the ground may be needed to defeat Isil

America’s most senior army general on Wednesday said putting boots on the ground in Iraq might be the only way to make progress against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Gen Raymond Odierno, the outgoing army chief of staff, said months of stalement meant that sending in US troops to embed with local forces was an option that should be put to President Barack Obama.

In recent weeks a number of senior US officials have admitted that Isil is replacing fighters just as fast as they have been killed by airstrikes and ground offensives.

“If we find in the next several months that we aren’t making progress, we should absolutely consider embedding some soldiers (in Iraq),” said Gen Odierno at his final press conference before retiring. “I think that’s an option we should present to the president.”

Gee, no one saw this comin.

  • luna
    • Clausewitz

      All you need to pass through the ranks in Obama’s Military is a willingness to fire upon American Citizens.

  • John

    There’s no leadership in Washington, and so ISIS knows they can do as they please.

    Obama still has a year and a half before leaving. God knows what the situation will look like by then

    • You are right on that. I expect Obama to get much more brazen in his Muslim tilt.

      • John

        The Islamic world is going to humiliate Obama before he leaves office. Deadly attacks on U.S soil that highlight O’s impotence with regards to ISIS are certainly a possibility.

        They’ll do to him what the Mullahs did to Carter. The Great Satan and all that.

        • WalterBannon

          that won’t embarrass him, it will PLEASE him

        • It would only be humiliation if Obama did not want ISIS to make further inroads.

  • If we can drop bombs, why can’t we drop cartoons?

    It is really a battle with those who believe the asinine Koran.

  • New Centurion

    Wow! Using troops to take ground…is this some new wacky military concept?!?!

    • Millie_Woods

      The wacky part is, you have to give it back later. It’s the fairness doctrine.

  • mauser 98

    General O soon to retire… outa Dodge

    • WalterBannon

      looks like a gay muslim scumbag

      • mauser 98

        the real terrorist is in DC

  • Norman_In_New_York

    First of all, we have to stop being finicky about causing civilian casualties on our bombing raids. Hit them hard enough from the air and then let the Kurdish infantry do the rest.

    • Clausewitz

      Isis believes in the Vietnam philosophy that all people should be willing to die for their cause. Make it so number one.

  • Alain

    Putting boots on the ground while providing a haven for the same enemies within your own country would be a waste of lives, blood and resources.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I’ve met the man. What he’s saying is IF you want to defeat them THIS is what you HAVE to do. Gen. Ray Odierno isn’t a political guy, he’s a good soldier. He’s not suggesting policy.

  • WalterBannon

    They need boots on the ground in DC first, to take out the terrorist in chief Obama

  • The president will not agree to boots on the ground.

    It’s time to impeach him.

  • pike bishop

    Maybe the general doesn’t care how he is remembered in history as an Obama lickspittle.