August 13, 2014
TOO SOON MEANING EVER:
How Obama can show he is serious about helping Iraq (David Ignatius, August 12, 2014, Washington Post)
When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly. In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi has united his enemies and given them a target to attack, just as bin Laden predicted.
It was actually bin Laden who made the mistake. 9-11 gave even an insitinctively isolationist president like the Ur carte blanche to bomb salafists anywhere they are. But it is also true that all the adoption of formal state structures does is make our targetting of those bombs easier.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2014 6:05 PM