- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2015

Former neurosurgeon and noted conservative activist Ben Carson suggested Monday that President Obama take stronger reins in the war against terrorism, particularly in the battle against the Islamic State.

Instead, Mr. Carson said during an appearance on Fox News, Mr. Obama’s only playing politics.

“The definition of a good leader is someone who can take people who have different agendas and move them in the same direction to accomplish a goal,” Mr. Carson said. “We have exactly the opposite going on right now.”

Mr. Carson the said it wasn’t too late for Mr. Obama to take more decisive action and establish his legacy as one rooted in good governance.

“If the president wants to have a good legacy, this would be a good time to start it,” he said, on the broadcast. “We have people trying to manage the military who know nothing about the military, who know nothing about military strategy. Our military needs to know that they’re not going to be prosecuted when they come back because somebody says, ‘you did something that was politically incorrect.’ There is no such thing as a politically correct war.”

He said that if there are going to be any established rules for war, the main one ought to be “no war,” he said.

“Other than that, we have to win,” Mr. Carson said. “Our life depends on it.”

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