'I'd Let It Burn': Col. Hunt on the Iraq Crisis
As ISIS militants continue to take over key cities of Iraq, President Obama announced today that up to 300 military advisers will be sent to set up joint operation centers with the Iraqi military. The president maintained that there will be no boots on the ground, but added that all military options are the table. Secretary of State John Kerry will also be dispatched to the Middle East.
Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt joined The O'Reilly Factor to give his reaction.
“I’d let it burn. Iraq is just about to fall completely. ISIS, if they look sideways at us, yes kill them from a counterterrorism standpoint,” he said. “As we did not in Syria, we should not get in the middle of this war.”
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly said President Obama spoke “like a college professor” during his White House briefing and called the analysis “long on detail, short on solutions.”
While we may not be able to defeat terrorists by putting boots on the ground in Iraq, O’Reilly said we can damage them from the air. Republican Senator John McCain (AZ) and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, both agree that air strikes would be effective, but the president disagrees.
O’Reilly surmised that President Obama likely feels military action will lead to unintended consequences. The Factor host added that the president knows many Americans are tired of war and America’s enemies abroad don’t believe he will take action.
“Mr. Obama is basically a man of theory, not action. A person who avoids evil rather confronts it, and the evil-doers know it,” O’Reilly said.
Watch the Talking Points Memo below and Col. Hunt's analysis above.