The new FRONTLINE documentary “Obama at War” reveals just how unprepared the Pentagon was when Mosul fell to ISIS in July of 2014, despite the fact that Fallujah had fallen to militants six months earlier, and that the Pentagon had been repeatedly warned that ISIS was on the march.
“For all the contingency planning that you routinely do here at the Pentagon, were there plans for how to react to the fall of Mosul to ISIS?” FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith asks Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Well, no, there were not,” Dempsey tells Smith in this excerpt (which also includes an exchange between Smith and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet).
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