Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke yesterday at a Senate hearing on beginning "direct action on the ground" against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.


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"We won't hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground," Carter said.

Carter said there may be more raids involving U.S. forces, like the one last week that left a soldier dead in a rescue operation to free ISIS hostages in northern Iraq.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pushed back on Carter, calling the plan "half-assed" and highlighting that the administration is not supporting rebels on the ground that oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said today that raids are useful and helpful, but won't be "decisive" in defeating ISIS. 

"We don't fight to win anymore. We're so infected with political correctness. We're so worried about collateral damage," said Peters. 

Peters said ISIS will fight to the death to defend their stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. But Peters said he doubts that the Obama administration will accept the risk of casualties, including civilian deaths.

"When you're fighting in a city against an opponent anxious to die for his cause, who regards death as a promotion, it's gonna be messy and ugly and we're just not willing to do it. Meanwhile, the Iranians and Russians are willing to do whatever it takes," said Peters.

Peters agreed with Bill Hemmer that Carter sounded reluctant before the Senate because he knows the military's "hands are tied."

Peters added that U.S. actions against ISIS are helping Russia and Iran in their effort to keep Assad in power.

Watch his full analysis from "America's Newsroom" above. 


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