Tim Arango, Baghdad Bureau Chief for The New York Times.: "I will tell you that after 2011 the [Obama] administration basically ignored the country. and when officials spoke about what was happening there they were often ignorant of the reality. They did not want to see what was really happening because it conflicted with their narrative that they left Iraq in reasonably good shape."
Rebel Rivals of ISIS Fear U.S. Airstrikes Could Help Assad - NYTimes.com: "There is a broad consensus among diplomats, and even among some moderate supporters of the Syrian government, that the only way to legitimize the fight against ISIS is through a new approach in which the West agrees that Mr. Assad stays but must cede some powers to a Sunni-inclusive national unity government."
Obama Islamic State Speech Highlights in Under Two Minutes: Video -
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Highlights from President Barack Obama's speech about the U.S. leading a "broad coalition" against the Islamic State militant group. (Source: Bloomberg Sept. 10)
This is what happens when you have people like Susan Rice and Samantha Power and Barack Obama running foreign policy--way over their heads I'm afraid--and it is a losing strategy out-of-the gate.
They were wrong a year ago, and nothing has changed. But they can't admit it, nor learn from it. “Pride precedeth a fall.”
This is going to get real ugly folks, and real expensive.