August 26, 2014 6:07 PM

The US role in the making of ISIS

The chicken that came home to roost from the Syrian debacle is called the Islamic State. It is not al-Qaida. But, as the journalist Patrick Cockburn has noted, al-Qaida "is an idea rather than an organization, and this has long been the case." Islamic State grew through U.S. weakness - the setting of objectives and red lines in Syria that proved vacuous.

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