A former commander of U.S. troops in Iraq dropped a bombshell about during an interview with MSNBC in which he revealed ISIS would likely not have been an issue had the Obama administration not pulled out of Iraq.
While appearing on Morning Joe on Friday, Gen. Raymond Odierno said that the creation of ISIS could have been prevented. Odierno, who was head of the Multi-National Forces in Iraq for almost two years, was asked by host Joe Scarborough, “Did it ever have to begin? Was ISIS avoidable?”
“I think it is, and I’m not one for revisionist history,” Odierno said, according to Conservative Tribune. “Actually, I was … On 1 September 2010, that’s when I gave up command in Iraq and that was the end of, we declared that was the end of combat operations when I left.”
“What was the state of Iraq when we got out of there?” Scarborough said.
“Yeah, so it was in great shape. Violence was down, the economy was growing, a fairly stable political system, although there were signs that maybe it wouldn’t be so stable, so it was going well,” Odierno said. “And I think if we had stayed, I think it could have made a difference. Now that’s easy to say now, you have to get the Iraqis to approve that and I think Secretary Gates made a point yesterday that Iraq probably wouldn’t let us bring in hundreds of thousands or tens of thousands of people back into Iraq for a lot of reasons.
“And so I think we have to now come up with a strategy that works within the political framework that’s been established or the political, I would say, disarray that we have in that region now, and we have to really think hard through that,” Odierno concluded.
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