Transcript for Admiral Jim Stavridis on the Fight to Beat ISIS
But the big question is, is this the game-changer U.S. Officials are hoping for? George. Alex, thanks. Let's bring that question to the former nato commander. Thank you for joining us. Is this a game-changer? I would call it an extremely significant move, we'll know in about a year whether it was the game-changer. But the key is going to be, whether Turkey will put boots on the ground to cross that border. I'm hearing reports of shelling, normally artillery proceeds troops. Let's hope they're going to put troops across the border. Boots on the ground is going to matter. And how does the U.S. Deal with the fact that, on the one hand, Turkey is bombing Isis, at the same time, they're bombing those kurds who are fighting Isis? Indeed. We ought to play the role of trying to convince the Turks to focus on job one, and job one is really the islamic state, they were very close to a negotiated settlement with the pkk just a matter of months ago. We should encourage them to move back in that direction. We can't have a two-front war going in a way that's efficient. And what's the most important thing that the U.S. Can do now to build on this shift and build on this fight against Isis? The key, George, is putting Isis under three-axis pressure. Turkey coming from the north, if we can get our Iraqi security forces trained up, that probably requires a few more U.S. Troops, a few more thousands, maybe 10,000 troops, and keep the peshmerga and the kurds in it. Put Isis under three-axis pressure, we're going to see they're not ten feet tall. Admiral, thanks very much.
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