Petraeus: Islamic State ‘Rose Up From Ashes’ Because U.S. Reneged on Commitments

Gen. David Patraeus spoke with host of New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” John Catsimatidis, Sunday about the military and the Islamic State.

“There’s no question in my mind that the Islamic State will be cleared from Mosul,” Patraeus said. “The question in many cases is going to be that which has to do with politics. It’s always about a struggle for power and resources. That is what has undone Iraq in the past when we’ve gotten it back together, got the fabric of society united once again, only tragically to see several years after, in this case after the Surge, political forces tear that apart, reneg on commitments that were made, and then to see the Islamic State rise up from the ashes.”

“We have cut [the U.S. military] too far,” he added.

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