Right now I do not know whether to be angry or sad about what is going on in Iraq. Nature cannot abide a vacuum. There was a vacuum in Iraq. Now we will have to live with the results. That region is extremely tribal. Those with the biggest and most swords will win the day there.
Do a little research on ISIS. They did their "mission readiness exercise" in Syria, you know, as part of the "rebels" backed by the US to topple the Asad regime. It sure looks like ISIS is putting those lessons to use.
I hesitate to begin to even try to count the cost of lives and treasure that we spent trying to "democratize" Iraq. There are groups of people that will never ever understand the principles and practices of liberty. Of course the average American will just shrug their shoulders and say "It doesn't affect me. Its over there, not here." Oh really? Oil jumped 4% this week based alone on what is going on "over there." If the instability continues, expect higher prices this summer on gas, food, and anything that needs to be transported.
We live with the consequences of our decisions, both personally and nationally. By the way, there are still hundreds of Americans still in Iraq. Are we just going to Benghazi them too? Could have we done more? What should we have done differently both here and abroad?
Think about that while you go about your lives this weekend.
Only the dead have seen the end of war. It is for us, the living, to never forget them.