In his column in the New York Times today 'Ready, Aim, Fire. Not, Ready, Fire, Aim', writer Thomas Friedman makes a very important point about the need for President Obama to move with a steady and informed hand on this issue and not succumb to the logic of the likes of Rep. Mike Rogers, -"the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that “this ‘don’t-do-stupid-stuff’ policy isn’t working.”- writes Friedman.
And correctly Friedman points out that that flawed logic led to the disaster of the 'stupid' war with Iraq started by the unbelievably stupid George W Bush administration. But here Friedman weaves off line. He believes that the impetus for the problem at hand is the rise of Shiite Iran in the face of weakened Sunni leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not true.
Iran doesn't have a damned thing to do with ISIL except in that they could be of great help to us in combating them. It was the Sunni power vacuum created by the US deposing Saddam Hussein that led to the rise of ISIL. Hussein was a brutal monarch who kept the 'Sunni street' satisfied and he tamped down on would be Sunni challengers to his throne (the likes of ISIL) with an iron fist that was far more informed of this enemy than we can hope to be today.
ISIL will be destroyed, evil will not prosper and history should read that it was the likes of Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and 'the Decider' that caused this mountain of sad unnecessary hell.