White House and Military at Odds on ISIS Strategy


Are the White House and military not seeing eye to eye on ISIS? Reports are surfacing that U.S. military officials are growing tired of the White House micro-managing the fight against ISIS.

Is this a case of the White House and military just not getting along? Not from what we have read. It looks like it is not only disagreement as it pertains to strategic decisions, but it is also the overall decision-making process.

White House and Military Disagreements

According to reports, the constraints of government policy is harming the military’s ability to execute the plan to train Syrian rebels. Those in the Pentagon are frustrated that they are being limited in the ability to train rebels and being told who they can and can’t train. What’s worse is that many of the Syrian rebels who will be trained will never engage in the fight with ISIS.

Military leaders are also in disagreement with the White House over its decison to not work with the remenants of the Syrian moderate oppposition. The Pentagon sees this as a missed opportunity to gain intelligence on ISIS from those who have actually engaged on the ground with ISIS. And after reports of a memo sent to National Security Advisor Susan Rice, it seems that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is also critical of the White House’s Syrian strategy.

White House and Military Do Things Differently

What is just as troublesome when reading these reports is how the National Security Council is bogging down ISIS operations with its micromanagement of the decision-making process. As most of us know, the decision-process of government (on any level) is tedious and slow at best.

When our military men and women are in the middle of a fight against ISIS terrorists, we don’t have time to waste in endless meetings with piles of paperwork. This is what has White House and military leadership at odds. Strategic decisions that could be made in hours are taking days due to the interference of the National Security Council.

So what do you think should be done about this? Should the White House leave military operations and strategy to the Pentagon? If the White House and military can’t get this sorted out, it could cause real harm to those who are actually fighting the fight against ISIS terrorists – our brave military men and women.

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