A Quote to Ponder
“I think that, first of all, the United States should remember that we have spent the last 15 years trying to use military power, including military assistance, to try and organize the politics of this region. And we have failed miserably.
We have got a failed state in Iraq. We have a failed state in Libya, and we spent $25 billion training the Iraqi army, which then subsequently turned and ran when confronted by ISIS. So I think to believe that we can go in again with airpower primarily and some special forces and eliminate this problem is fanciful.”—Stephen Walt on calls for military action against ISIS.
Speaking as one who supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq (and later regretted that support), I would state that it would be nice if we would we pause and try and learn the lessons of the last decade plus instead of letting runaway rhetoric about ISIS being a direct threat to the US guide policy decisions.