LastDayWatchers watch the effects to Satan has appointed his pawn (President Bush) to be his fire starter, who will start so many fires it will be impossible to help in time!
In a colossal mis-reading of the complexity of Iraq and its region, the Coalition of the Willing had compounded the mistake of invasion by demobbing its mighty armed forces and by systematically denuding its managerial class of the educated Ba'athist element, the effect was to leave the fabric of an already war-ravaged country terminally rent.
Now as the international community prepares to re-enter the same country - this time at the invitation of its government - every effort is being made to avoid the same vanities. While Barack Obama has begun an offensive aerial campaign on IS positions, the White House insists ever more stridently that US forces will not participate in ground combat. And Tony Abbott says the same thing.
Policymakers are furiously trying to assimilate the harsh lessons of those earlier forays - from the strategic, to the political.
The abortive military campaign in Afghanistan in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, which left Osama Bin Laden in place while the US and its allies stupidly swung their attention to Baghdad, allowed for the regeneration of the Taliban and of al-Qaeda before a return in 2005.
These background conditions are precursors to the current mire that is Iraq. By allowing Bin Laden to escape into the hills of Tora Bora, in favour of attacking Saddam Hussein
Western credibility survived in only marginally better shape than the neo-con vanity that the West could bomb countries into peace and democracy.
Creating a Western-style liberal democracy in Afghanistan was a pipedream, if history is written by the winners, then the story of recent US-led adventures in the Middle-East certainly qualifies as a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing but death
The Results speak for themselves
A Marine from Suffolk was killed Monday in Afghanistan in what officials described as an insider attack by an Afghan soldier.
Strong was killed in what officials are calling a "green-on-blue" attack in which an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on international trainers.
Major Michael J. Donahue, 41, a 1990 graduate of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, was a paratrooper who had been stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., since 2012.
He was on his third tour of duty, according to a statement from the XVIII Airborne Corps.
The totality of the Bush administration's failure in Iraq is stunning, it is not simply that they failed to build the liberal democracy they wanted. It's that they ended up strengthening theocracies they feared.
The one thing it will not be is the liberal, democratic counterweight to radical Islam
It could become a Shiite dominated state dependent on Iran for its security, it could become a weak or broken state that serves partly as a haven for the Sunni terror organization ISIS. It could end up as both.
And it's not simply that they failed to find the weapons of mass destruction that they worried could one day be passed onto terrorists. It's that a terrorist organization now controls a territory about the size of Belgium
And for Afghanistan the Taliban is on the offensive, winter is coming and uncertainty over the future has left the Kabul government paralyzed