The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, speaks to his Marines about one of the nation’s most pressing issues. The Marines and their General are standing by for the call.
“Could we go in there with a Marine force, into Raqqa, and pound these guys into the ground like a tent peg? Could we? Absolutely,” said Gen. Robert Neller, the Marines’ commandant, referring to the terror group’s de facto capital in northern Syria. “Some Marines would get hurt, but we’d go kick [the Islamic State group] in the butt. No problem.
“But then the question is: ‘OK, so what’s next?’ Who do we give it to? I don’t want to stay in Raqqa. There’s nothing there that I want.”
Neller discussed the subject at length during an assembly with troops stationed in Okinawa, Japan. A Marine in the crowd asked him to characterize the threat posed by ISIS, as the group is also known, and how Marines’ role in the conflict may evolve.
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