Carter: We need to put boots on the ground against ISIS

posted at 10:01 am on January 22, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Not in combat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells CNBC from Davos, but the US has to put more boots on the ground for support and advice if the anti-ISIS coalition ever expects to liberate Mosul. Carter vented frustration at American allies who fight ISIS “on paper,” promising to use an upcoming meeting of defense ministers to press for more action and less talk:

In two weeks, Carter will meet with a broad group of defense ministers where he said he will press those who are in the fight “on paper” but are not doing enough.

“We’re prepared to do a great deal because we have the finest fighting force the world has ever seen. We can do a lot ourselves,” Carter said. “The United States does not ask people for favors, but we don’t grant favors either, and so we’re looking for other people to play their part.”

To get those players on board, Carter said he would share U.S. operations plans with defense ministers.

The US will up the ante on its commitments, Carter says, in what appears to be another shift by the Obama administration on ISIS:

“We’re looking for opportunities to do more, and there will be boots on the ground — I want to be clear about that — but it’s a strategic question, whether you are enabling local forces to take and hold, rather than trying to substitute for them.”

Until now, the Obama administration has insisted that the fight against ISIS does not require American boots on the ground, or at least in greater numbers than what we have now. Barack Obama himself keeps arguing that ISIS is in retreat, and that the coalition has been effective in shrinking ISIS’ footprint. Carter does not sound like a man who believes either declaration. His statement here that Americans will have to be on the front lines of the battle to retake Mosul should have some eyes popping at the White House, regardless of Carter’s attempted limitation of that to logistics and support. Those efforts will require a more substantial presence, and a bigger commitment of resources.

Carter’s frustration over the coalition’s commitment to the anti-ISIS fight is justified, according to a new report from the American Enterprise Institute. The report calls the grand coalition mostly a “myth,” and recommend that the US wake up to the fact that the major players within it have other agendas — like pushing the US out of the region entirely:

The superficial convergence of Iranian, Russian, Turkish, and Saudi strategic objectives with those of the U.S. on ISIS as a threat masks significant divergences that will undermine U.S. security requirements. Iran and Russia both seek to reduce and eliminate U.S. influence in the Middle East and are not pursuing strategies that will ultimately defeat al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria or Iraq. Turkey’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, some linked to al Qaeda, stem from the ruling party’s intent to reestablish itself as an independent, Muslim, regional power. Finally, Saudi Arabia’s objectives remain shaped by perceived existential threats from Iran and a growing succession crisis, causing key divergences, especially over support to Salafi-jihadi groups. The U.S. must lead efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria and cannot outsource them to partners.

It sounds as though Carter, at least, recognizes this. Does Obama?


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Just get our fighting men killed with evil ROE’s.

The current Obama way…”hands up we do defend ourselves”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 22, 2016 at 10:04 AM

The grand anti-ISIS coalition is not a myth. It is a lie.

Basilsbest on January 22, 2016 at 10:04 AM

WTH,………..not in ComBat!!

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 10:04 AM

If we’re going to declare WAR in order to stop ISIS, then we must declare WAR on islam.

ISIS is but one head of the islamic Hydra.

Pork-Chop on January 22, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Walking around in the other peoples getto’s without air support to include AC-130 spooks with free fire zones is a death walk.

Just say no America.

Obama want our guys to loose.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 22, 2016 at 10:07 AM

How can that be? From the SOTU:

And that’s exactly what we’re doing. For more than a year, America has led a coalition of more than 60 countries to cut off ISIL’s financing, disrupt their plots, stop the flow of terrorist fighters, and stamp out their vicious ideology. With nearly 10,000 air strikes, we’re taking out their leadership, their oil, their training camps, their weapons. We’re training, arming, and supporting forces who are steadily reclaiming territory in Iraq and Syria.

Drained Brain on January 22, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Whether it’s ISIS or Iran, we are in a war with militant Islam.

Saudi Arabia is practicing stealth Islam. Which is yet another war.

rbj on January 22, 2016 at 10:08 AM

But..but..they’re the JV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Here’s a better idea – let Europe deal with them there..we can deal with them here by putting a moratorium on refugees/immigrants from 3rd world middle east countries that want to destroy us.

Best part isn’t it doesn’t cost a damn thing to do that!

celt on January 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Here is the full interview:

Sec. Carter: There will be boots on the ground
1 Hour Ago
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, discusses the U.S. strategy to fight terrorism. Also Carter weighs in on closing Guantanamo Bay and keeping an eye on North Korea.
(7:28)
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http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000486668

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Obama organizes Grand Coalition, or World-Wide Coalition, got some guys from the ‘hood together.

Obviously, he suffers from GHWB envy; but the biggest lie in those statements is “organizes”, from someone who repels people.

Another Drew on January 22, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Who better to organize a grand coalition against ISIS than the community organizer?/s

Cecil Corn on January 22, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Are they going to leave Petraeus alone? Enough seems enough.

BuckeyeSam on January 22, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Carter: We need to put boots on the ground against ISIS

I’m sure that all your shiny new female combat troops can handle the job, Secretary Social Justice Warrior. Send them.

M240H on January 22, 2016 at 10:16 AM

This …

If we’re going to declare WAR in order to stop ISIS, then we must declare WAR on islam.

ISIS is but one head of the islamic Hydra.

Pork-Chop on January 22, 2016 at 10:06 AM

and this …

Whether it’s ISIS or Iran, we are in a war with militant Islam.

Saudi Arabia is practicing stealth Islam. Which is yet another war.

rbj on January 22, 2016 at 10:08 AM

By now all this should be obvious, but when the Left won’t even acknowledge / say that radical Islam exists, we’re just wasting our time putting any boots on the ground.

Mark Boabaca on January 22, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Carter: We need to put boots on the ground against ISIS

I’m sure that all your shiny new female combat troops can handle the job, Secretary Social Justice Warrior. Send them.

M240H on January 22, 2016 at 10:16 AM

It says “boots”, you dumb prole, not stiletto shoes.

Rix on January 22, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Not in combat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells CNBC from Davos, but the US has to put more boots on the ground for support and advice if the anti-ISIS coalition ever expects to liberate Mosul.

Can’t President Pen and Phone just give them a collect call and write a letter then?

blammm on January 22, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Not one more American life in that shithole part of the world. If you really want to do something to ISIS then nuke the POS!

Dick Richard on January 22, 2016 at 10:26 AM

George Bush:

“We are going to kick some serious Islamic terrorist ass and anybody who wants to join us can hop on board.”

Barack Obama:

“We are afwaid, can someone help us pwetty pwease?”

Can ya hear the terrorists laughing at us?

fogw on January 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Islam should be banned from America as Islamic doctrine requires every Muslim to engage in Jihad until Islam rules the world. Admitting people into the country who do not believe in the separation of church and state, legal equality of citizens, gender equality and freedom of speech and religion is plainly nuts. But ISIS still needs to be destroyed.

Basilsbest on January 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

This guy assumes that Obama (less than one year left in office!) is on our side…

Plus, let Putin do it.

albill on January 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

If Carter really believes this, he should do the honorable thing and resign.

Basilsbest on January 22, 2016 at 10:33 AM

ISW [email protected] Jan 20

Russian Strikes in Syria Have Stabilized Assad, Top U.S. General Says @helenecooper http://nyti.ms/1Ucx5Dm
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https://twitter.com/TheStudyofWar

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 10:41 AM

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 10:41 AM

That’s good news. Now Germany and the rest of Europe can begin getting rid of their raping refugees.

darwin on January 22, 2016 at 10:43 AM

“We’re prepared to do a great deal because we have the finest fighting force the world has ever seen. We can do a lot ourselves,” Carter said.

Slightly off-topic, I realize, but that is simply horse hockey. Put the modern American fighting man in any other era against the likes of the Mongols, the Scythians, the Romans, or the Spartans with the weapons and tactics of their time and we’d see a massacre of good American boys.

Cleombrotus on January 22, 2016 at 10:45 AM

It sounds as though Carter, at least, recognizes this. Does Obama?
———————————–

Hopey/Changey, is a Anti-War Community Organizational
Social-Justice Crusader!!!!

Um no.

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Its a waste of time, money and lives for America to put boots on the ground .. especially if those troops are there more than a few weeks. Until America is willing to arrest and execute treasonous reporters, politicians, activists, etc Americans should never send another military person on any boots on the ground missions.

Besides, the war we need to be fighting is here in America already, IMHO.

Karmi on January 22, 2016 at 10:55 AM

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 10:41 AM

That’s good news. Now Germany and the rest of Europe can begin getting rid of their raping refugees.

darwin on January 22, 2016 at 10:43 AM

darwin: I’m seeing members of the EU, getting fed up,
with this mess.:)

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Obama’s ROE for our military was demonstrated in the Persian Gulf recently when being hijacked by Iranian BASS BOATS:

“Hands Up Don’t Shoot!”

ConstantineXI on January 22, 2016 at 11:02 AM

We need to create an international infidel force to battle the caliphate.
This is a non-muslim vs muslim war. Hindus, Sikhs, atheists, Christians, Buddhists, ex-Muslims, etc need to be in this fight together against islam.

thedevilinside on January 22, 2016 at 11:06 AM

You mean like Tranny Boots?

TheMadHessian on January 22, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Fight against Islamic State militants
5m
Map: US Central Command reports economic effects from airstrikes on Islamic State finances; says 34 modular oil refineries, millions in cash lost – @CENTCOM
See original on twitter.com
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https://twitter.com/CENTCOM/status/690573257028804608/photo/1

https://twitter.com/CENTCOM

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 12:02 PM

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canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Great another war where the marines and army will be forced to nation build.

MoreLiberty on January 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM

“Take and hold”. “Logistics and support”? Gee, where was the last time I heard those phrases used by a SecDef? It would have been about 40 years ago, during a little conflict in … dang, where was that place again?

I at least thought the cycle of history would be longer than halfway through my allotted lifetime.

GWB on January 22, 2016 at 12:29 PM

The stupid is high in this one…..

ReaganCajun on January 22, 2016 at 12:49 PM

There seems to be this great strategic military mindset among the folks who’ve never served in the armed forces or are political appointees, that the “Arabs” need to be the force that topples ISIS.

These, apparently, are the same “Arabs” who’ve been fleeing their homeland by the millions. The same “Arabs” who are loyal to whichever faction offers them the most protection. The same “Arabs” who’ve been in turmoil for thousands of years and haven’t yet been able to join forces strong enough to push their most hated enemy, tiny Israel, into the sea.

Yeah.

Good plan.

BKeyser on January 22, 2016 at 12:50 PM

I’m for boots on the ground. Fly over Mosul and drop a thousand pairs of empty boots. The ME is at the boiling point involving a myriad of religious power structures that should fight it out amongst themselves, as they’ve been doing for over a thousand years, hopefully, to the last raghead. Infidel warriors there only give them an excuse to galvanize against us. Save as many Christians as we can and continue to keep Israel strong. Help The Kurds establish their own country, out of the kind of loyalty they’ve shown us in the past. Otherwise, gtfo, but advertise that the ME is considered a free fire zone – from 30,000 ft. Then, act on it. If the Saudi’s want to create a “coalition” of the like-minded, have a ball.

vnvet on January 22, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Whose boots?
Elitist boots from DC–fine.
Decent and always maligned “bitter clinger” boots–GFY.

vityas on January 22, 2016 at 1:20 PM

No more interventionism.

http://buchanan.org/blog/124610-124610

earlgrey on January 22, 2016 at 1:26 PM

How long will it be before Carter gets dismissed and he writes a book about how President Barney Fife mistreated him

malkinmania on January 22, 2016 at 2:17 PM

“Hands Up Don’t Shoot!”

ConstantineXI on January 22, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Good one! Sadly true.

wifarmboy on January 22, 2016 at 2:33 PM

Where is Germany? Where is France? Why is it always our underpants?

John the Libertarian on January 22, 2016 at 2:39 PM

I am just glad ISIS doesn’t have any canoes for the U.S. Navy to surrender million dollar speedboats and all its weapons onboard.

gxbhkt on January 22, 2016 at 2:47 PM

I vote for his to be the first to touch the ground.

KMC1 on January 22, 2016 at 4:47 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 22, 2016 at 10:07 AM

Amen, brother.

Do it, or don’t do it. No half measures.

Obama wants the Muslim Brotherhood to win. If they can’t win, he wants Iran or any other Islamists to win. He wants the US and Israel to lose.

ISIS is an existential threat that must be crushed. But we should have no illusions about any more nation-building in lands populated by Islamist barbarians. Just blow the Hell out of them and leave a pile of smoking rubble behind, with a warning: If you people allow Islamist terrorists to rise up again, we’ll be back.

novaculus on January 22, 2016 at 5:55 PM