The world is a complicated place. To understand any situation anywhere in the world, you must at least be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Journalists like Fareed Zakaria and Tom Friedman do this exceptionally well. Politicians like John McCain never even come close. When you are not actually accountable for anything you say and view every discrete situation through a stovepipe that separates any single action from everything else, you can say anything you want, knowing that only John Stewart, Rachel Maddow and a few Sunday morning talk show hosts are keeping track of your rants.
The sudden emergence of the ISIS terrorist group as the most dangerous threat to stability in the Middle East surprised almost everyone. The most likely root of this crisis is the failure of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld to give Sunni Muslims any effective roles in the political and military segments of Iraqi society after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. That's the most grievous error, besides the invasion itself, that the neocons committed. After that mistake was somewhat reversed by the successful Anbar Awakening in 2008, Prime Minister al-Maliki proceeded to reverse the reversal and brought the Middle East to the present crisis.
Go ahead, tea party, blame Obama.
MARTIN BENSKY, Richland