Bill O’Reilly’s “Mercenary Army” In Syria

Bill O’Reilly came up with a “plan” to defeat ISIS that consisted of creating a “mercenary army” of hired fighters that are “English-speaking.”  Bill conveniently omitted some questions about law, supply, logistics, and intelligence.  O’Reilly has never served in the military.

According to Media Matters, “U.S. military experts and veterans are slamming Bill O’Reilly’s proposal to create an American-backed worldwide mercenary force to battle Islamic State militants and other extremists, calling the idea ‘an outrageous thought’ that is ‘fraught with problems.'”

Dennis Laich, a retired U.S. Army major general who served in Kuwait and Iraq said, “If a mercenary military commits atrocity in the name of the United States, is that a war crime?”

Retired Lt. General Edward Anderson, a West Point graduate with 39 years in the U.S. Army, had a reaction that might be described as “luke warm.”  He said, “My initial reaction is that I am not too enthusiastic about the idea. I can’t think of a time when that has worked in the past, not on a scale you are talking about here.”

Jamie Barnett, a former U.S. Navy rear admiral with more than 30 years of experience, also served as Director of Naval Education and Training at the Pentagon. “This is going to be a long-term fight,” he said.  “That would be expensive enough, but the idea of putting English speakers on the ground just invites problems. We need indigenous fighters who see this as their homeland. We need to concentrate on the approach we have done in the past, which includes training people to fight their own fights.”

Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk takes a look at it.

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