WASHINGTON — The Army’s top officer believes the fight against the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, will last “10 to 20 years,” an expansion of the timelines generally offered by the Obama administration.
Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, added that the solution to the militant group cannot come entirely by military means.“
In my mind, ISIS is a ten to twenty year problem, it’s not a two years problem,” he told reporters Friday…
Odierno noted that part of the challenge is that a purely military solution is not readily available.
“To defeat them, is not just a military issue. It is an economic issue. It is a diplomatic issue. It is an issue of moderate versus extremists and it is about also, potentially, having the capability to root them out of the places they now hold in Iraq and Syria.”
The general, who is retiring in August, made his comments in response to a question about budget cuts and the impact that they are having on Army capability.