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There is clearly the opportunity for Iran to use some of the revenue that they gain for malign purposes, and that bears watching and collaboration with our regional partners, including Israel.
My recommendation was to keep pressure on Iran on the other malign activities for as long as possible, i will say that I think time works for us as well as Iran ... and so with the agreement made and having the opportunity to give my advice, I support it.
The U.N. requires commitments from member nations to provide rapid response forces for emerging crises, the rapid deployment of units within 30, 60, or 90 days - for a finite period - can help resolve developing crises, prevent expanded conflict, and in the process save more innocent lives.
It will be a shame if we don't realize that we may be at that point, and shake ourselves back into the reality that we can do something about it.
The complex array of threats and, let's call it geopolitical jockeying, requires all of us to contend with an unpredictable landscape.
The U.N. requires commitments from member nations to provide rapid response forces for emerging crises, the rapid deployment of units within 30, 60, or 90 days – for a finite period – can help resolve developing crises, prevent expanded conflict, and in the process save more innocent lives.
But I also would suggest to you that we would contribute mightily to ISIL's message as a movement were we to confront them directly on the ground in Iraq and Syria.
It will be incumbent on both of us to make sure that we provide the kind of reassurances that the state of Israel has always counted on us to provide. But we are going to have to do the same thing with the Gulf allies.
I share their concern.
We're working with our partners on the near term.
It's generally the consensus there that, in the near term, it's probably more likely that the regime ... would go over to the defensive and limit its protection of the Alawite Shia and some of the minority groups.
But I could conceive of one potentially somewhere in the corridor that runs from Baghdad to Tikrit to Kirkuk and over into Mosul. So we're looking at that area.
At the planning level, it's not theoretical. It's very practical, looking at geographic locations, road networks, airfields, places where we can actually establish these hubs.
When people say: 'Is this a game changer? This new partner capacity site? No.' It’s an extension of an existing campaign that makes the campaign more credible, the game changers are going to have to come from the Iraqi government themselves.
We’ve made some recommendations on potential enhancements to the training and equip mission.
If a deal is made, we've got work to do. If a deal is not made, we've got work to do, and I think we've built up enough trust and confidence in each other – military to military – that we're prepared to do that work.
I do believe that the situation is trending less favorably for the regime. And if I were him, I would find the opportunity to look to the negotiating table.
The Iraqis are under pressure there and have lost some control of the perimeter and some control of the road network that leads to it through the emplacement of ... IEDs (improved explosive devices), we've been working with them. We've conducted 26 airstrikes since the fifth of May.
Eighteen of 18 pallets landed on the intended target.
We've been working with them. We've conducted 26 airstrikes since the fifth of May.
It actually also sits on a corridor that runs from the Tigris River valley to the Euphrates River valley. And so it's geographically significant as well as significant economically.
Now the scope and scale of that protection is the part of this that’s being actively debated, but the program won’t succeed unless they believe themselves to have a reasonable chance of survival.
What I'm trying to sort out, actually, is the degree to which their near-term embrace of the assistance they're receiving from Iran is a reaction to the existential threat [posed by ISIS], or whether it is something longer-term.
The U.S. may not like Iranian influence in Iraq.
Anything anyone does to counter ISIS is in the main a good outcome.
They did some of that in the beginning and paid the price. So the enemy has adapted and they have developed tactics and techniques that make them a little more difficult to find.
Carpet bombing through Iraq is not the answer.
This is going to require some strategic patience.
This is not an enemy that is sitting around in the open desert waiting for me to come find it and either use U.S. or French aircraft to attack it, they did some of that in the beginning and paid the price. So the enemy has adapted and they have developed tactics and techniques that make them a little more difficult to find.
The only one that can balance that is the prime minister of Iraq, so I want to get his views on how he is seeking to balance that concern.
Yeah, I do, the numbers are overwhelming.
The numbers are overwhelming.
The important thing about this operation in Tikrit is less about how the military aspect of it goes and more about what follows.
The first thing that begins to erode and disappear is simultaneity, we're going to be less likely to be able to do more than one major thing at a time.
He's conducting an internal inquiry.
This is a major strategic challenge affecting not only our military, but ultimately, America’s leadership in the global world order, we are at a point where our national aspirations are at risk of exceeding our available resources.
Of course we could.
Now isn’t that an interesting decision for elected officials?
It’s in the national interest to close Guantanamo.
But that does not imply we're not doing enough.
There's some things that we can do to help the Iraqi Security Forces reduce their casualties as they go forward and we're discussing that with them.
In the meantime we're keeping steady pressure on and we're building their capacity.
When you ask me what are the prospects for a spring offensive, we're working with Iraqis, military and civilian leaders, to determine the pace at which we will encourage them and enable them to do a counteroffensive, but I want to make sure I also highlight the fact that this isn't about ... waiting till the spring to do anything.
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