Should have never gone into Iraq on a phony trump up charge of WMD to intervene between a civil war between Shia & Sunni. There is no excuse for stupid policy makers - so called intellectual eggheads- not to have known the historical background of that region and the ramifications on intervention. Saddam was a hedge against Iran (Shia) expansion after fighting a 10 year war. Al-qaeda was in Afganisztan not Iraq. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad president 2005-13 assumed the Iranian presidency, he stated his purpose was to usher in the 12th imam, The Shia Messiah that will rule the entire world with Islam.
Hezbollah rule Lebanon, Iranians are in Yemen, Gaza, and Syria surrounding Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia. Turkey fearing the weakness of the West has turned secular Turkey into conservative Islam becoming more autocratic and less democractic. He believes in Sunni expansion comparable to Ottomon and is quite concern with the crack down on ISIS. This is why he has allowed tens of thousands of figthers from the EU to flow into Syria/Iraq and has allowed millions of Islamic refugees to flow into the EU.
The taxpayers have sent billions of dollars of military to Iraq army. They trained the Iraq army for years, yet at the first sign of fighting, flee the battlefield leaving U.S. supplying ISIS. Now we are spending billions of dollars fighting ISIS.
In Afganisztan and Iraq we spend billions equiping and training military for years but they cannot fight against the Taliban. It only take a few weeks for the Taliban to train their fighters into capable fighters so why the disparity. You can’t fight an ideology with bombs and fighters. So ISIS is spreading like a cancer throughout the world.
So now you are going to have a civil war in Iraq or a complete take over by Iran of Iraq.
Fears in Iraqi government, army over Shiite militias’ power
These militias, many of them backed by Iran, mobilized in 2014 to fight Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group. However, they are now showing no intention of standing down after the battle, demanding instead to be a major force shaping Iraq. That prospect worries not only Iraq’s Sunni minority but also officials in the military and the Shiite-led government, who fear the militias will dominate Iraq the way the Revolutionary Guard does Iran and the guerrilla group Hezbollah does Lebanon.
Anyone could have seen this coming a mile away except the Defense dept…stupid, stupid