Jacobinism is hard:
5 Years after Arab Spring 1 Democracy 5 Autocracies 3 Failed States pic.twitter.com/oCPKkc5n8w
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) January 12, 2016
The rise of the Islamic State was clearly anticipated by the American security establishment — it seems — in a manner that can only be considered remarkably relaxed:
According to Brad Hoff, a former US Marine who served during the early years of the Iraq War and as a 9/11 first responder at the Marine Corps Headquarters Battalion in Quantico from 2000 to 2004, the just released Pentagon report for the first time provides stunning affirmation that:
“US intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a US strategic asset.”
Anybody shocked by this probably hasn’t been paying serious attention.