Here’s the rhetorical question of the day: What do you do with the same dumb son-of-a-bitch who insinuated to the Commander-in-Chief that ISIS is really not that big of a deal?
Well, if that same dumb son-of-a-bitch is the ex-CENTCOM commander as well as being sufficiently woke, the answer is simple… you make that dumb son-of-a-bitch the Secretary of Defense.
From a 2016 article from the screamingly liberal The Atlantic (emphasis mine);
It is not oil but another of the Middle East’s exports, terrorism, that shapes Obama’s understanding of his responsibilities there. Early in 2014, Obama’s intelligence advisers told him that isis was of marginal importance.
According to administration officials, General Lloyd Austin, then the commander of Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, told the White House that the Islamic State was “a flash in the pan.”
This analysis led Obama, in an interview with The New Yorker, to describe the constellation of jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria as terrorism’s “jayvee team.”