Just to make sure I’m clear on this…
Bush invaded Iraq to remove the threat of WMD’s and al-Qaeda from that country with Congress’s blessing, even though neither were there. After we invaded, al-Qaeda came in to fight us. In the course of the Surge/Awakening, al-Qaeda was forced out and then the Iraqi government forced us to leave too even though ISIS was starting to form.
ISIS and al-Qaeda next moved into Syria to help out there against Assad. Obama wanted to assist the extremists to deal with Syria’s WMD, which absolutely did exist, but Congress refused to authorize it. Then al-Qaeda decided that ISIS was too axe-crazy for their delicate tastes and kicked them out of the club; so ISIS is now fighting them too.
ISIS has returned to Iraq in force and the Iraqi government has requested American air support, but Obama is reluctant to provide it against ISIS even though he does have Congressional authority to use it.
Just to prove that our government isn’t the most incompetent in the world, the Iraqis can’t agree on declaring a state of emergency to fight back even as their army falls apart. Even better, our sworn enemies the Iranians very much want to fight against ISIS on our side, but they are mostly holding back because the Iraqis haven’t asked them yet.
The Arab kingdoms have been funding these ISIS guys for a long time, apparently not caring that ISIS really wants to overthrow their own governments and has a tendency to use people’s heads for soccer balls whenever they show up for that purpose.
ISIS now holds half a billion dollars worth of Iraqi gold, a half billion dollars worth of captured American weaponry, 1/3 of Syria, 1/3 of Iraq, and is totally insane. No world leader has any clue how to stop them, doubt if they can, and can’t even decide if they should despite the fact that ISIS is attacking, threatening, and antagonizing pretty much everybody in all directions at once.
All sides supposedly hate us for supporting Israel, but nobody is attacking either of us right now because they apparently hate each other more. Hell, if ISIS attacks Jordan, the Israelis would probably come to their aid; meaning that Israel, Syria, Iran, Iraq, the US, and Turkey would all be joining together to defeat a group of mass murders disguised as an Islamic mass movement that oppresses more Muslims than Israel, has fewer WMD’s than Syria, is more fanatical than Iran, has the support of more Sunni Iraqis than…Iraq, has blown up fewer Muslims than the US, and hates the Kurds more than the Turks.
This is the kind of thing that probably leads poli-sci professors to commit mass suicide. The nonsense of it all would be amusing if it wasn’t so horrible and real.