So then we were faced with an insurgency but still had a large occupying army playing "whack-a-mole." Since you're prior Army, you probably know that in order to defeat an insurgency, among other things, you need time and patience, things the American public is not noted for keeping in great quantity. We carried out our surge in 2007 and by 2008 declared it a success, even though we now know that a large number of these insurgents simply melted back into the population or crossed the border into Syria. Notwithstanding our self-congratulatory orations on defeating al-Qaeda in Iraq or Ansar-al-Islam or any other insurgent group, we face a greater threat today from this ideology than at any time in our history as evidenced by the rise of ISIS. ISIS drew much of its strength, including its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, from these supposedly defeated groups.
So slap yourself out of your delusion that we defeated anybody and start smelling the roses.
11 facts that explain the escalating crisis in Iraq - Vox
al-Qaeda in Iraq Resugent
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