Jindal: The Obama Admin ‘Dithered’ Against ISIS So ‘We Have Got Fewer Options’

‘The Kurdish forces have been very effective at fighting ISIS in Kobani, in Iraq and elsewhere, but we’re not providing them with modern arms’

RADDATZ: “I want to turn to the 2016 race and your race, where you stand on certain issues. You were a supporter of training Syrian rebels, that has been a complete failure. They’re not going to do that anymore. The Obama administration said, essentially that it wasn’t working. So what would work?”

JINDAL: “Well, Martha, look. Bad policy, bad leadership leads to bad options. They reality is they dithered. They waited so long that we have got fewer good options. If they had aggressively trained those rebels in the beginning, if they had armed and trained the Kurds, we’d be in a different place. You wouldn’t have Putin and Assad working with Hezbollah and Iran. What will work today is –“

RADDATZ: “But how do you train rebels who were there to fight Assad to suddenly want to fight ISIS? That’s the main problem with those Syrian rebels.”

JINDAL: “Well, no, Martha the Kurdish rebels, the Kurdish forces have been very effective at fighting ISIS in Kobani, in Iraq and elsewhere, but we’re not providing them with modern arms. We’re insisting on going through the Baghdad government. So — and the Kurds have been a very effective force. Secondly, we need to enforce that no-fly. We need to create a no-fly zone, working with our Turkish and other allies. Our Sunni allies want to do more, but they’re not going to go after ISIS if that merely leaves Assad in power. They want Assad in power. They don’t want –“

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