Americans' historical memory is short. ISIS and Al Qaeda, too, were never in Iraq and therefore never in the region until US intervention in Iraq commenced and advanced its war. The War in Iraq has created its aftereffects of massive civil wars, insurgencies by the dozens, refugees and failed states all over the region. Worse it has created the unspeakable ISIS/ISIL.
Neocons in the following list whose Heritage Foundation with their New American Century philosophical base during the Bush regime, advocated for the American spread of "democracy" in Middle East and, oh yes, to secure oil the life blood of the globe. These neo Cons were as follows: Richard B. Cheney, Richard Pearle, John Yoo, David Addington, John Yoo, Francis Fukuyama, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Keane Kurkpatrick, William Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Richard Armitage and many more.
Bush, Cheney and their war machine with a misguided philosophy in tow and its ideologue cheerleaders have lit the match that has engulfed and now ignites a region spreading barbaric killings all over the world. ISIS has spread too the terror observed in Europe, the US and Canada as well.
Cheney, Bush, et al carved out the brilliant idea of deposing Sadam Hussein, the strongman who kept Iraq stable, concocting a lie to create a war, invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq that had nothing to do with the perpetration of 911, the worst terror attack on American soil. The never ending saga of violence emanating from the Iraq War continues. Mission was, indeed, never accomplished.
The history of it is now long and complex but it began with one match and can be traced to other misadventures in that region as well. Its barbarity is witnessed by the latest ISIS horror of burning a man alive. One should never forget the actions that have contributed to this unmitigated mess!
Never, in my own observation of history, would I ever have thought Nazi brutality would or could have an equal. I changed that view today. It now does and ISIS/ISIL, Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria is its name. It has the guilty fingerprints, though, too, of George W. Bush and his band of merry Neo Con know nothings written all over it. What to do now? Intellects sharper than mine must know one hopes but history written by the winners should also be written by the truth.