Marine General in Charge of Global Counter to ISIS Makes Troubling Claim About Defeat of Radicals

Gen.-John-Allen

All I hear is a lot of talk from government leaders, but no action is being taken. The only way to defeat them is to wipe them off the map. 

(IJ ReviewRetired Marine Gen. John Allen, President Obama’s Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State, spoke in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to report on the United States’ ability to defeat isis.

When asked by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) about the reality of defeating ISIS, Allen offered a direct, but dismaying, response:

“’It is that this organization [ISIS] has been rendered ineffective in its capability of being an existential threat against Iraq,’ Allen said. ‘We’re not going to eradicate or annihilate ISIL.’”

Allen’s words, though meant to be encouraging, were worrisome. He reported that there would always be traces left of the terrorist group:

“Most of these organizations that we’ve dealt with before there will be some residue of that organization for a long period of time to come,” Allen said. “But we don’t want it to have operational capabilities that create the opportunity for it to threaten the existence of Iraq or other states in the region.”

Allen stressed that isis is being weakened significantly, but that it could not be fully destroyed:

“We want to diminish its capacity to generate funding which limits dramatically its operational decision-making and capabilities to affect discretion with respect to its recruiting and its battlefield capabilities.” Allen said.

The best U.S. tactic is to challenge the message that isis is spreading in order to change the hearts and minds of Iraqi and Syrian citizens:

“We want to compete with it and ultimately overcome or defeat its message in the information sphere where it has achieved significant capability and recruiting prowess,” Allen added.

Despite recent reports that significant gains have been made in defeating ISIS, Allen’s address to the Senate still sends a troubling message.

—Courtesy of IJ Review

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