There should have been intelligence that would have been out there that should have said:."Hey! We've got this thing call ISIS and they're massing and they're getting ready to attack Iraq," he said.
That's complicated by three major religious sects in Iraq, the Sunni's, the Kurds and the Shiites, Concerns of sectarian conflicts played a role in the U.S. backed coalition's decision not to invade Iraqi after Iraqi troops were forced out of Kuwait in 1990.
."What would end up happening is that we'd end up with what's happening now. Basically, a civil war," Colonel Lawrie recalled.
Colonel Lawrie says Iraq is beyond the point of putting U.S ground troops back in. But he says when militant forces mass, Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles launched by U.S. warships would be the effective deterrent.
"That's the time when you hit them. And you hit them with T-LAM missiles. And by continuously doing that, you're going to degrade them. And their morale will be in the sewer," Lawrie said.
Colonel Lawrie says decisive action is needed because "ISIS" now has one-hundred Stinger missiles left by U.S. forces.
"And these Stinger missiles, this is like handing a stick of dynamite to a wild animal and expecting something good to happen with it,. And a Stinger Missile is capable of bringing down a 747"
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